New MA Students Coming to REL

three incoming MA students

We’re very pleased to announce that we have three incoming MA students, all beginning Fall 2021, and who are joining 10 students already in the program.

Those new students are (top left, going counterclockwise): Katie Johnson, Ciara Eichhorst, and Phoebe Duke-Mosier; you can learn more about their interests and backgrounds by visiting our grad student directory.

We’re also very pleased that all 12 of the full-time students in our graduate program will each be fully funded for 2021-22, from receiving such awards as UA’s prestigious Francko Graduate Fellowship along with competitive Graduate Council Fellowships to working as full Graduate Teaching Assistants, or taking on the role of Graduate Research Assistant, such as with the Department’s American Examples initiative or working elsewhere on campus.

Graduate Council Fellowship Awarded to Incoming M.A. Student

We’re pleased to announce that Savannah Finver, who will begin our M.A. in the Fall, has been awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship, by the School of Graduate Studies, for the 2018-19 academic year. This award, which was also given to current M.A. student Sarah Griswold for 2017-18, is an outright scholarship and entails no teaching assistant duties.

Savannah graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy/Religious Studies. Her interests are focused around the rhetorical strategies employed by groups which identify both as ‘religious’ and ‘nonreligious’ and their influence on the American political sphere. While at UA she’ll be working with Prof. Touna as her supervisor.

The Graduate Council Fellowship, for which students must be nominated by their home department, is UA’s most prestigious award for graduate students. Approximately 100 GCFs are given each year, mainly to incoming Masters or Doctoral students.