Compagna-Sennett Student Fellows in Religious Studies

Call for January/Spring 2019 Proposals

The Religious Studies Department invites proposals from Colby students, regardless of major and minor, for funding to conduct an original research project on a topic related to the study of religion. A wide range of individual and collaborative student research projects may qualify for funding under this program, including research related to honors theses, independent studies, or specific courses. The research supported by this fellowship will occur during January and/or Spring 2019, and will be presented at CLAS. All projects must have a Colby faculty sponsor, but that sponsor need not be affiliated with Religious Studies.

Grants are available to continuing, full-time Colby students. Grants will range from $1,000– $2,500, with maximum funding allocated to those grants that are either collaborative or require international travel. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including, but not limited to, purchase of research materials and travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering.

Funding for this fellowship has been provided by a generous endowment from Robert E. Compagna ’76 and Joan Sennett Compagna ’76. Students receiving research grants will be named as 2018 Compagna-Sennett Student Fellows and should include that designation on all work that results from this grant.

Click here for the proposal guidelines!

Past Compagna-Sennett Fellows Include:


Gabby Foster “Bringing movement education to the Jewish Experience in Maine”

Jake Young: “Contemplative Neuroscience: research in India on the connectivity of brain regions during Vipassana meditation”

Noa Gutow-Ellis: “‘Not My Judaism’: Lessons from Brooklyn’s Ultra-Orthodox Community in Collective Empowerment Post-Holocaust.”

Dominic Giardini “Boston Brahmins and East-West Connections”

Lucy Soucek “Studying Interfaith in Fresno, California”

Esli Tovar “Mariology in Mexico”

Ben Lester “Pilgrims, artists, and merchants: the role of religion along the Camino de Santiago”

Jimmy O’Leary “Religious Pluralism in Asheville’s Buddhist Communities”

Lindsay Pecker, “Jewish pluralism in Mexico: A diverse conception of Mexican Jewish identity”

Spencer Traylor, “Practicing athiests: Socialization among London’s New Atheists”

Desiree Shayer and Jena Hershkowitz, “Living Islam in urban India”

Simran Jaisingh, “Tale of the two Devis Kali and Mumba: Food production and consumption at their two sites in Kolkata and Mumbai”