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Rosen to the Occasion

By Faina Gordover
Published: October 15, 2013


Students and faculty joined President Karen Gould and the Rosen family in the Student Center for the Rosen Fellowship luncheon on October 10.

Rosen Fellows spoke to attendees about their projects for the scholarship and the opportunities they would receive after completion. Some Fellows are still expanding their projects.

“I consider this an incomplete project and it will always remain incomplete because I always want to expand it even more,” said Geoffrey Mercene, a Rosen Fellowship recipient.

Mercene, majoring in Health and Nutrition Sciences, traveled to the Philippines and studied alongside a health clinic in Mangan to find resources to help people with respiratory illnesses. He researched causes of respiratory tract infections and compiled data to suggest solutions for the clinic, such as using its second floor for a respiratory clinic or workshops about health education. Since leaving the Philippines, he has kept in touch with a health officer and reached out to professors on campus to expand his project.

“It confirmed my passion for medicine, for public health, and even for sustainable development,” said the junior. “But it also helped me grow personally to become confident in what I want to do.”

President Gould expressed her support for the fellowship program, which has been running for three years.

“Each student who applies has the opportunity to really think through ‘what is the most significant, meaningful, amazing thing that I could do that would really help me learn,’” said Gould. “Maybe it’s connected with what you’re majoring in or maybe it has nothing to do with it.”

Senior Caitlin Boas’ project led her towards a career in Earth and Environmental Science when she went on a “fossil dig” in the Gulf of Mexico during the summer to study the after effects of the Chicxulub crater. She and her crew examined the K-Pg boundary, which showed what the land looked like before and after the meteor hit the Yucatan peninsula, and they discovered three new sites as well as impact spherules, which she is currently further researching.

Boas was accepted to present her research at the 2013 National GSA Conference in Denver.

“This fellowship was made possible for me so I could do more research that I wanted to do. It gave me the opportunity to collaborate with great institutions like the American Museum of National History here in New York, the University of Kansas, as well as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.”

Many Rosen Fellows took different approaches to the scholarship. Emma Rock wanted to study Irish storytelling and made a film in Ireland, while Ranjeet Kaur created group counseling sessions for HIV patients in Mumbai, India after speaking to them about their concerns and realizing that no one was helping them.

“Every year has been better,” said Florence Rosen.

Students are recommended to apply for the Rosen Fellowship scholarship. They can get more information in the Office of Scholarships located on the second floor of the West Quad building.

Additional reporting by Daniel Stein-Sayles.

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