Davis Fellowship Program Opens Doors for Research

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May 13, 2019 — Georgetown College is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Royden Davis Fellowship Program, which provides College undergraduates with funding to live in Washington D.C. for the summer while they work on an academic research project.

The program is named for the late Fr. Royden B. Davis, S.J., who served as Dean of Georgetown College from 1966 to 1983, overseeing the establishment of multiple major academic programs and guiding the school through a period of social unrest.

The Davis Fellowships aim to alleviate the costs students incur while living in one of the country’s most expensive areas and pursuing undergraduate academic research, which is often poorly compensated.

“Research and experiential learning are unique and meaningful experiences for students,” College Dean Chris Celenza said. “Through mentored research, students not only help contribute to enlarging the frontiers of knowledge — they also learn to take complex problems and frame research questions that can lead to effective approaches to those problems.”

The program awarded 27 partial or full scholarships to rising sophomore, juniors, and seniors in Georgetown College. Each student received either the Davis Undergraduate Research Fellowship, for students pursuing traditional academic research, or the Davis Experiential Learning Fellowship, for students partaking in community-based learning experiences.

In total, 33 different majors and minors are represented among the Davis Fellowship recipients, showcasing the breadth of academic interests pursued at the College.

“In research and other forms of experiential learning, students learn by doing,” Celenza said. “The Davis fellowships help expand those opportunities for students in meaningful ways.”

If you are interested in learning about opportunities to support the Royden Davis Fellowship Program, please contact Erin DeLoach at evd2@georgetown.edu.

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