Scripps Student Named Watson Fellow

Kyle DelbyckKyle Delbyck ’09, a history major from Mill Valley, Calif., was awarded a prestigious 2009-2010 Watson Foundation Fellowship to spend a year exploring relationships between dramatic presentations and historical amnesia in Lithuania, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Ghana. Delbyck, who plans a career as a playwright, is one of only 40 students in the country to be awarded a Watson Fellowship this year. The awardees will each receive a $28,000 grant to fund their travel and research.

Delbyck called the fellowship “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Praising the help she received from Scripps, she added: “The Scripps committee was so supportive and helpful throughout the whole process.” Led by Susan Rankaitis, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Studio Art, the committee includes Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, associate professor of biology; Amy Marcus-Newhall, professor of psychology; Dion Scott-Kakures, the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professor in the Humanities; and Yvonne Frame, program administrator, Office of the President.

Delbyck has also received a Davis Projects for Peace grant, along with a senior at Dickinson College, to fund a five-week project in Northern Ireland. The two women will explore ways in which the reconceptualization of color can be used as a tool of conflict resolution.


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