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William F. Connell School of Nursing

DiStefano and Melvin given university fellowships

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Kelly DiStefano ’15 is a recipient of a 2013 Advanced Study Grant. Associate Professor Judith Shindul-Rothschild is supervising DiStefano’s proposed project “support research on the Global Women’s Health Provider”.

Julia Melvin '15 is also a recipient of a 2013 Advanced Study Grant. Associate Professor Rosanna DeMarco is supervising Melvin’s proposed project “social determinants of health in Ghana, Africa”.

According to the University Fellowship Committee, the Boston College Advanced Study Grants were established to encourage, support, and give visible recognition to undergraduates who have that special spark of scholarly initiative and imagination. Students with these qualities should also be thinking of themselves as prospective candidates for national fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, or Truman. An Advanced Study Grant for a summer project can be an important step along the way.

Advanced Study Grants are for student-designed projects. They are not awarded for projects in which a student proposes to work with a faculty member on the faculty member's research. For such faculty-designed projects, Boston College has Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

Advanced Study Grants are available for Freshmen and Sophomores. These are awarded for summer research or "skill acquisition" projects that promise to accelerate dramatically the applicant's progress in the major field of study. The intent of this program is to encourage undergraduates to acquire skills that will make more sophisticated research and study possible during their Junior and Senior years.  "Skill acquisition" is broadly defined. It might mean, for example, improving language competence, mastering information technology applications, or improving proficiency in lab techniques—or it might mean becoming knowledgeable about methodologies within, or across, academic disciplines. Learn more about the advanced study grants here.