For immediate release May 25, 2016

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Announces Recipients of 2016 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship and 2016 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

WASHINGTON, DC – The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship and the 2016 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship.  These fellowships  recognize exceptional scholars in the fields of French language, literature and culture.  

Walter J Jensen Fellowship

Elizabeth Collins, a third year doctoral student in French and Francophone Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, is the recipient of the 2016 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship in French Studies.  The Fellowship provides a $15,500 stipend and a round-trip ticket for six continuous months of study in France.  

Collins will use the Fellowship to fund research for her dissertation, titled “Culinary Expressions in Contemporary Francophone Vietnamese Women’s Literature.”  

A member of the Jensen Fellowship Selection Panel said of Collins’ proposal, “Indeed questions of identity in modern-day France are pressing and increasingly difficult to negotiate.  The idea of culinary empowerment as exemplified in the writings of contemporary novels written in French, notably those by Minh Tran Huy, Linda Lê, Anna Moï, and Kim Thúy, is provocative and absolutely fascinating.”

For More about Elizabeth Collins' work, read her interview with The Key Reporter.

Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship 

Laure Astourian, who just earned her Ph.D. in French from Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in French Studies.  She was also the recipient of the 2012 Jensen Fellowship.   The Sibley Fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000.

Astourian, a French film scholar,  plans to use the fellowship to prepare manuscript for a book based on her doctoral dissertation, “Outside the Metropolitan Frame: The Nouvelle Vague and the Foreign, 1954-1968.” 

A member of the Sibley selection panel said of Astourian’s research proposal, “It clearly articulates a thesis of major historical and cultural import: that the filmmakers of this influential movement in French cinema were engaged with the changing international status of France.”

For more about Laure Astourian's work read her interview with The Key Reporter.

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About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, almost 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit www.pbk.org.