Classics students rack up honors, awards

Students studying classics in Arts & Sciences have been racking up honors and awards this year.

Here are the latest:

Katelyn Mae Petrin, who is minoring in classics, has been named one of this year’s Merle Kling Fellows. She will be working on her project titled “(R)Evolutions: Cyborg, Self, and the Body in our Modern Age,” with mentoring by Edward McPherson, assistant professor of English. Her project will explore the potential consequences of researchers willing to implant biotechnology in their own bodies and how these implications will affect the politics and autonomies of the human body in the future through the lens of gender and racial identity.

Joe MacDonald, a classics PhD student, has been selected to attend the first annual seminar on material culture titled “Gods and Mortals in Ancient Art.” The seminar, sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies and the Getty Foundation, will be held this summer at the Getty Villa and Center in Los Angeles.

A number of classics students were awarded top honors in the Latin translation contests sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. A cash prize in Advanced Latin went to Ethan Farber, while a book award went to Daniel Washelesky, who is minoring in classics. (Washelesky also won third place in the national Latin Prose Composition contest sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honorary society.) A certificate of commendation in intermediate Latin went to Justin Chen.

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