Meredith Berman Ellis ’04 has been awarded a 2013-14 American Fellowship by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Ellis earned a B.A. in English and anthropology summa cum laude and with Honors from William Smith and is currently a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University.
American Fellowships are awarded to women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.
“It is an absolute thrill to be awarded such a prestigious and generous fellowship. I will be spending this academic year completing my dissertation, and to have the support of AAUW makes it possible for me to fully focus on my writing,” said Ellis.
Her dissertation is on the skeletal remains of approximately 91 children from the 19th century burial vaults of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church in New York City. The vaults were accidentally unearthed in 2007, and Ellis has assisted in the analysis of the remains. She has also worked on faunal remains from the 19th century Donner Party Alder Creek campsite and the 19th century Chinese mining camp at China Gulch, Montana.
“The American Fellowship program affords scholars the ability to become leading thinkers in their fields and have an impact across multiple disciplines. It’s also a recognition of their great potential because they are receiving support from one of the nation’s most respected women’s organizations,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants and international programs, is a press release.
For the 2013-14 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to 245 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from more than130 countries since 1888.
While at William Smith, Ellis was a member of Hai Timia and participated in Thel. She went on to earn masters’ degrees from the University of Rochester and Syracuse University.