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Willamette students and professors receive fellowships, grants and honors

Jasper Jones

News editor

Elizabeth Larson (‘21): Portland Section scholarship from the American Chemical Society

The Willamette website explains this award by writing, “This prestigious regional award supports promising undergraduate chemistry majors in their senior year of college.”

Claire Verstrate (’20): U.S. Student Fulbright 

The program’s website writes, “The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.” Vertstrate will be traveling to Japan for the program.

Nicole Kates (‘20): Coro Fellow

“The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills and networks to accelerate positive change,” the program’s website writes. The program offers its fellows positions in multiple disciplines, like nonprofit work or political campaigns, to achieve these goals. 

Professor Stephanie Degooyer: Burkhardt Fellowship

Next year DeGooyer will conduct research at UCLA, receiving a $95,000 stipend for her work. She will be finishing her book, “Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Novel.”

Mark and Melody Teppola Prizes for Creative Writing

Students were given the opportunity to submit one poem, creative nonfiction or fiction piece to be judged by a professional writer. A different judge was assigned to each genre. Winning students were awarded a cash prize.  


1st: “Darling” by Lani Southern 

2nd: “Sunday Night” by Jasper Jones 

3rd: “At risk of making this a poem about my mother” by Dawn-Hunter Strobel


1st: “To Bask in the Unknown” by Ryleigh Norgrove 

2nd: “Breath” by Michelle Doty

3rd: “Dear Rosa” by Elyssa Morales


1st: “Every Little Thing” by Claire Alongi 

2nd: “What Would Simon Say?” by Mason Kelliher

3rd: “Cracks in the Silence” by Lily Painter

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