Figge Fellows

In the 2009-2010 academic year, the Woodstock Theological Center launched its newest initiative, the John & Pat Figge Woodstock Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship. These Fellowships give several Georgetown undergraduates an opportunity to do “theological reflection on the human problems of today.” Now, the Figge Fellows have a new home in the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, where they will continue to develop a new lens and methodology with which to approach their studies and life experiences.

Figge Fellows are selected through a competitive process, with a goal of bringing together students from a variety of majors and religious traditions who display a high level of academic aptitude, and a strong interest in how theological reflection can be applied to current issues and problems. Each Fellow receives a $500 stipend for completion of the Fellowship.

Now in its seventh year, the Figge Fellowship program looks forward to opening up to another set of Fellows. The current Figge Fellows team, along with the Catholic Studies faculty and staff, are excited to welcome a new group of students into the Georgetown community.
 

Jesuit advisors: 

Drew Christiansen, S.J.
Leon Hooper, S.J.

2017-2018 Figge fellows:

Christopher Dunn
Junior
School: SFS
Major: International Politics
email: cwd33@georgetown.edu
Project description: how Just War Theory affects different forms of activism for or against war with a focus on Vietnam and its implications today in Afghanistan. 

Arreyellen Salyards
Sophomore
School: NHS
Major: Health Care Management and Policy
email: as4092@georgetown.edu
Project description: how the merging of Catholicism and Mayan religious practices post the mid 1900s civil war in Guatemala led to socioeconomic disparities that continue today.

Brendan Keenan
Senior
School: SFS
Major: International Politics
email: brk29@georgetown.edu
Project Description: the Catholic Church's role in mediating conflict through different dictatorial regimes in Argentina's history. 

Katherine Leopold
Senior
School: College
Major: JUPS
email: ktl33@georgetown.edu
Project description: evaluating how various faith-based organizations provide health ministries to underserved populations of DC. 

MyLan Metzger
Junior
School: College
Major: Government and Theology
email mlm341@georgetown.edu
Project description: how Catholic vision of life and dignity factors into how we care for people who are suffering and euthanasia with a focus on pastoral care. 

Madeline Kuney
Sophomore
School: College
Major: Biology of Global Health
email: mck84@georgetown.edu
Project description: how tribal religion intersects with health care and how this leads to greater incidence of non-communicable diseases in Native American populations. 

Student assistants:

Alliemarinda Phillips (arp102@georgetown.edu)
Jennifer Wiertel (jmw340@georgetown.edu)