Five Upper School students have been selected to undertake in-depth research projects through EA's Lilley Fellows program.
The students were selected from a pool of 18 applicants. They will delve into their research over the summer and present their final capstone projects in the fall. Each student will work with a faculty advisor.
Director of Libraries Lorie Harding is the Lilley Fellow Program Director. "I am delighted to have these five scholars as Lilley Fellows for the fifth year of the program," said Mrs. Harding. "This year we received our largest and deepest pool of applicants which is a testament to the reputation and character of work undertaken by past scholars in the program."
"I hope to nurture and explore my research interests, while contributing to an innovative, informative, and multidisciplinary approach to improving our healthcare system," explained Shawn. "I am particularly excited to learn from and collaborate with leading scientists and researchers in the biomedical engineering field." He will work with Upper School science teacher Cheryl Cossel.Rohith (Roh) Tsundupalli '24 will research and study "Dreamer" status and the effects on the education prospects by working with [EA community partner] ACLAMO, local high schools, and college counselors to develop a mentor program for EA students to provide support in promoting college and demystifying the college application process to "Dreamers." World Languages teacher Amy Brotschul is Rohith's faculty advisor.
"My goal is to work alongside volunteer organizations, comprehend the effectiveness of DACA and to develop a program to help the 'Dreamers' in their quest for college education while bringing awareness on this topic to our EA community," shared Rohith. "I am honored to be selected by the Lilley Fellowship committee and cannot wait to share my project with the Upper School."
Caroline Sewell '23 will exam, through extensive research, why the U.S. has fallen behind in language study, specifically the study of Latin. Caroline plans to create an exploratory curriculum to promote and encourage Latin by teaching it this summer to Horizons at EA middle school students as an elective. Classics teacher Melanie Subacus will work with Caroline.
"By designing an easily understandable and implementable curriculum, I will be furthering my goal in increasing accessibility to the language and thus improving diversity within the discipline," said Caroline. "I'm super excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity. So far, from the teachers and experts I've interviewed, and the guidance of the committee and my advisor, Dr. Subacus, I've already learned so much!"
"By exploring the relationships between material science, ethical production, and consumer psychology, I will dive deeper into my passion for sustainability and interest in fashion as a cultural force," shared Ashley.
Established in 2018 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. William Lilley III '55, the Lilley Fellowship Fund awards research fellowships to students who exemplify academic curiosity, intellectual rigor, and scholarly passion. The Lilley Fellows pursue an independent study to create a capstone product while working in a professional setting to develop their expertise and interests.