Four graduate students received Jacobus Fellowships, which support the final year of graduate study:

VANEET AGGARWAL, electrical engineering

By researching wireless communication networks and the challenge of optimizing their performance, Aggarwal has identified weaknesses in existing analytical models and has developed alternatives to address the operational inefficiencies.

MELINDA BALDWIN, history of science

Baldwin’s research explores the history of one of the world’s foremost scientific journals, Nature, and its emergence as an exemplar of modern scholarly communication in the sciences.  

CHARLES CONROY, astrophysical sciences

Conroy’s dissertation on the stellar population-synthesis technique sheds new light on a critical tool for gauging the physical properties of galaxies.


Moshenska examines the sense of touch in the English Renaissance and the diverse ways in which it was perceived and portrayed, addressing a sense that has been largely overlooked by scholars.