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Kelsey A. Rennebohm Memorial Fellowship

Kelsey Rennebohm
Kelsey Rennebohm

On the evening of June 1, 2012, Boston College Lynch School of Education graduate student Kelsey Rennebohm was killed in an accident while riding her bicycle on Huntington Ave. in Boston.

Kelsey was affiliated with the Center, working on its Migration and Human Rights Project in Zacualpa, Guatemala, and was to travel to Guatemala for the project. 

Beloved by her friends, classmates and professors, Kelsey was remembered on the BC campus in a Walk for Kelsey on June 4 and in a Memorial Service held on campus at St William's Chapel on Thursday, June 28, 2012. A ghost bike was installed on Huntington Avenue and a ride organized in her memory on June 7, 2012.

In her memory, the Center has established the Kelsey A. Rennebohm Memorial Fellowship.  This fellowship will be awarded to a Boston College student (undergraduate or graduate) whose proposed research or activist scholarship is at the interface of psychology, mental health, gender, social justice, and human rights.  The recipient will subsequently give a presentation about his or her work at the university upon return.

To donate to the fellowship fund, please send a check made out to Boston College, and in the memo "CHRIJ/Honoring Kelsey Rennebohm", to:

Timothy Karcz/CHRIJ
Stokes Hall N413
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Applications for the fellowship will be made in conjunction with our annual Summer Research Grants application process that can be found here.

Recipients of the fellowship award and their topics of investigation may be found in the summer editions of the Center's newsletter, which can be accessed here.

For more information on the fellowship, contact Prof. Brinton Lykes at or Timothy Karcz at

Past Rennebohm Fellowship Recipients


Maya Perlmann

Sudanese Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Jordan: An Assessment of Needs and Resources



Rose Miola

Remembering with Music: An Exploration for Maintaining Historical Memory in El Salvador



Gabriela Távara Vásquez

Indigenous Women’s Understandings about Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reparation (conducted in Guatemala)



Rocío Sánchez Ares

Building a liberatory pedagogy: Guatemalan schools meeting the emotional and educational needs of youth at the interface of immigration