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First Ever CAAS Fellowships Awarded to Two Graduate Students

September 29, 2015

Graduate students Elisabeth Becker and Zlatko Minev have won the inaugural CAAS Fellowship for 2015-2016. The award was chosen by the deans of the graduate schools and is administered by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (CAAS).

The fellowship is part of an effort by the CAAS to create stronger ties with graduate students. Applicants were asked why they would like to join the CAAS and were selected based on how well they represented the academy’s ambitions.

Elisabeth Becker is a doctoral candidate in sociology, where she studies migration, integration, and religion. Her dissertation project entails an ethnographic study of the mosque in comparative perspective, with an aim towards understanding boundaries of belonging in European capitals. Becker applied for the fellowship due to her desire to be “engaged in local scholarly life” and hopes to “grow as a scholar” by engaging with issues from outside her own area of expertise.

Zlatko Minev is a doctoral candidate in applied physics. His research focuses on superconducting quantum computing and has developed a 2.5D circuit quantum electrodynamics. Interested in the ways science and art intersect, Minev hopes to use the fellowship to explore how quantum computing is reshaping the future of the Information Age and how this transition is echoed in the humanities and arts.

Both students will actively participate in CAAS programming this year as well as receiving a $1,000 stipend and mentorship. The Connecticut Academy of the Arts and Sciences was founded in 1799 and is the third-oldest learned society in the United States. Its purpose is the dissemination of scholarly information and hosts eight monthly presentations during the academic year that are open to the public.