Graduate Students Accomplishments

CDE extends hearty congratulations to three of its graduate students, Isabel Pike, Esteban Quiñones, and Julia Thomas, on their recent awards and honors.

Pike was named a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies for 2019. The competitive award supports the final year of dissertation writing for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses women’s and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. As part of the fellowship, Pike will receive a $5,000 stipend to use toward research-related expenses, helping her complete her dissertation, “Looking for Future: Gender, Work, and Social Change in Kenya.”

In April, Quiñones was one of five scholars inducted into the 2019 cohort of the UW–Madison chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Quiñones conducts research on poverty and the roles that households and government policies play in alleviating deprivation. This summer, Quiñones will join Mathematica Policy Research to work on their expanding international research portfolio.

Thomas Thomas has been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. The highly competitive program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The three-year fellowship will allow Thomas to continue her research on capital punishment, race, and the legacy of lynching in the United States.