Student Spotlight: Erica Machulak

Author: NI

Machulak Erica 11 12 Portrait
Erica Machulak also received Nanovic graduate funding to pursue research in London, England during the 2011-12 academic year.

Graduate Fellows: The Gift of Time

At the end of a long period of study, research, and teaching, graduate students writing dissertations need time to sit down and write. They also use the time to pursue professional development opportunities they would not otherwise have the time to explore. Thus, the Institute’s dissertation completion fellowships are a boon to these exceptionally talented students. 

Dissertation completion fellowships were awarded last year to four graduate students who spent this past year bringing their projects to completion: Qingyuan Jiang (Literature) and Megan Leigh Welton (Medieval Studies) received Paul G. Tobin Dissertation Fellowships. Erica Machulak (English) and J.J. Wright (Sacred Music) were awarded Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowships in Graduate Studies. The Graduate Faculty Grant Committee awarded the 2016-17 Tobin and Annese fellowships to Elisabeth Kincaid (English), Lucia Manzi (Political Science), Ana Petrova (Political Science), and Brandon Sepulvado (Sociology) to be completed during the 2017-18 academic year.

The time that I have saved by not having to prepare for teaching and other service duties in the fall has put me on track for sending out applications when the job list is released in mid-October.

Erica Machulak
Doctoral Candidate in English
Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies

Read her full report on her trip to the MLA 2017 Annual Convention in Philadelphia