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UW-Eau Claire faculty receive prestigious fellowships

RELEASED: April 26, 2011

Dr. Matt Waters Dr. Reiko Shinno
Dr, Matt Waters Dr. Reiko Shinno

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members recently received prestigious fellowships, among them awards from Harvard University and the Library of Congress. The fellowships afford faculty dedicated time to advance their research and scholarship.

Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies and Loeb Classical Library Foundation selected Dr. Matt Waters for fellowship awards. Waters also was awarded a fellowship by the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. Waters, a professor of foreign languages and history, will pursue research at both universities while on sabbatical next year.

"These fellowships are ideal because they provide access to specialized collections that are vital for my research, which in turn will further enhance my teaching," Waters said.

As part of his fellowship Waters will work on an interdisciplinary analysis of an ancient Greek text and on developing a scholarly monograph.

Dr. Reiko Shinno, associate professor of history, received two fellowships to further a book project on the history of Yuan China.

"These fellowships will allow me to devote the time needed to complete my book and engage in scholarship that will inform my teaching," Shinno said.

Through a fellowship sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Shinno will travel to the Needham Research Institute in England to access their collections for three months. She also will spend eight months as a fellow of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

"Prominent fellowships are one more way that UW-Eau Claire faculty are leaders in modeling the integration of liberal education learning goals and applied research for their students," said Dr. Patricia Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "They bring the lessons learned from immersing themselves in scholarly research directly back to their classrooms on campus."

UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides a select list of national and international fellowship opportunities on its website. Faculty and academic staff who are interested in fellowships are invited to contact ORSP for assistance at orsp@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405.

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