The Women’s Education and Leadership Fund’s (WELFund's) Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholars program provides personal and professional development and a scholarship to a select group of sophomore and junior women students who propose innovative scholarly research or creative summer projects in partnership with a University of Hartford faculty mentor.
Dorothy Goodwin—educator, politician, world traveler, and family member—inspired women and girls to live beyond limitations—to exercise their full potential. She recognized, and modeled, that reaching one’s potential requires challenging opportunities, committed mentors, and financial support.
WELFund is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2014–15 Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholar awardees:
– Nicole Coumes ‘16, a student at the Hartford Art School, will redefine “craft” in the U.S. and renew interest in traditional arts in Hartford crossing age and gender. This will be accomplished by creating a symposium to shed light on the history of craft and stimulate conversation. Carol Padberg, associate professor of painting, will serve as Coumes's faculty mentor.
– Colleen McLoughlin ’15, College of Arts and Sciences, and her faculty mentor, Katharine Owens, associate professor of politics and government, will assess Connecticut’s actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by researching which policies have been effective. They will conduct online research and field research on the efforts of businesses, government officials, and non-governmental groups in Connecticut.
– Mary Pan ’15, a student at The Hartt School, plans to research and perform Mass for the Convent, a multi-movement organ work by the French Baroque composer, Francois Couperi "Le Grand." This will include historical background, particularly in the alternatum style, in which solo organ pieces alternate with plainchant sung by an all-female choir. Pan's faculty mentor is Renée Anne Louprette, adjunct professor of organ.
– Erin Sniffen '16, College of Arts and Sciences, and her faculty mentor, Robert McLaughlin, lecturer, modern history, will research the involvement of women during the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916, a topic currently untouched by researchers as the information is newly uncovered. With more than 200 women taking part in the rebellion, Sniffen plans to reveal important role players and their major accomplishments, as well as to look at what has happened or changed for women in Ireland since then.