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Erin Eighan '10 Named Lilly Graduate Fellow

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2010) - Erin E. Eighan, who graduated from Boston College with the Class of 2010, is among 16 new Lilly Graduate Fellows, the Lilly Fellows Program has announced.

Eighan graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She was a member of the Boston College Arts & Sciences Honors Program as well as the University's chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She also served as editor-in-chief of the undergraduate research journal Elements.

Erin Eighan, Class of 2010

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is an initiative of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts that supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections among Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar. 

The 16 Fellows, all of whom are pursuing doctoral studies in humanities or the arts, were selected by a 9-member committee that interviewed 24 finalists chosen from 66 applicants in April, 2010. The Fellows will meet for three days at an inaugural conference on August 2-5 in Indianapolis with their mentors, Boston College Philosophy Professor Patrick Byrne and Susan VanZanten of Seattle Pacific University.

Following the conference, the Fellows will embark on a three-year program in which they meet regularly with mentors, attend three additional conferences, participate in a long-distance colloquium, and receive three annual stipends of $3000 to use at their discretion.  

Since its founding in 1991, the Valparaiso University-based Lilly Fellows Program has provided postdoctoral fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to enrich their intellectual and spiritual lives while preparing for leadership roles in church-related higher education. The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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--Patricia Delaney is deputy director of the Office of News & Public Affairs;