Past Fondren Fellows


2020-2021 Fondren Fellows

  1. Faculty-Student Research Collaboration in Digital History: Adjusting and Expanding Sai Sankeerth   
  2. The Sugar Land 95: Mapping Convict Leasing in Fort Bend County, 1865- 2018: Suzanne Harms   
  3. Centennial of the Vote! 100 Years of Activism: Ev Delafose   
  4. A short history of the Leibniz Society of North America: Zach Schwarze    
  5. Translational Humanities for Public Health: Meghana Nadella    
  6. Women of Rice Omeka Exhibit: Karen Siu    
  7. Teaching and Consulting in R: Maxwell Bender   
  8.  “Who’s Using It?”: Open Educational Resources at Rice: Luna Cortelezzi   
  9. Media Center Film and Video Archive: Baird Campbell and Konstantin Georgiev
  10. Fondren Eco-Rep: Ashley Fitzpatrick

Fall 2019-Summer 2020 Fondren Fellows

  • Ryan Chow, "Red Book of Houston"
  • Branden Montgomery, "Mapping the Reservation: Houston’s Red-Light District, 1908-1917"
  • Leah Olivio, "El Anatsui, , Okwui  Enwezor, and the Emergence of Global Art 1989-2019"
  • Miles Olsen, "Faculty-Student Research Collaboration in Digital History: Refining Between Oceans and Continents"
  • Stanislav Panin, "Cataloging Archives of the Impossible Collections"
  • Rachael Pasierowska, "Red Book of Houston"
  • James Sanders, "Toward a more environmentally sustainable vendor/publisher packaging global practice"
  • Stephanie Scoville, "Harris Gully Natural Area"
  • Yanzhou (Andrew) Pan, "Open Science"

Summer 2019 Fondren Fellows

  • Thomas Millary and Christopher Senn, "Cataloging paranormal studies collections" (Mentors: Lee Pecht and Anna Shparberg)
  • Svetlana Borodina and Ashley Fitzpatrick, "Developing a Sustainability and Resilience Plan for Fondren Library" (Mentor: Lisa Spiro)

Spring 2019 Fondren Fellows

  • Jade Kanemitsu and Yifan Wang, "Library Learning for Inquiry"
  • Emma Satterfield, "A Time of Protest at Rice"

2018 Fondren Fellows

  • Jane Evans, "Harvey Memories Project"

  • Jennifer Lee, "Developing a Marketing Plan for Library Publishing Services"

  • Mengjia Liu, "Motion Tracking Small Organisms"

  • Brook Lu, "Evaluating Engineering Databases: A Pilot Project"

2017 Fondren Fellows

  • Nathanael Assefa, “Promoting Archival Collections via Wikipedia”    

  • Eslam El-Shahat, “Developing a Plan for Research Data Management Graduate Training” 

  • Edward Valentin, “Mapping Civil War Narratives” (continuation of 2016 project)    

  • Corinne Wilkinson, “Jesse H. Jones Exhibit”

  • Zihua (Pearly) Ye,  “Conducting A Faculty-centered Information Needs and Resource Assessment”

2016 Fondren Fellows

To learn more about the Fondren Fellows' work, please see the Fondren Fellows collection in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.


Graduate student in Anthropology
Mentor: Shannon Kipphut-Smith

This project aims to understand more about how tenure-stream faculty at Rice think about and act on their author rights in connection with their published work. Many faculty want to make their scholarly and professional output more accessible, whether by uploading it to Rice’s institutional depository or by posting it to an academic social network. However, faculty members may not always have a clear understanding of how and where they are permitted to share their work under the terms of the author agreements they have signed. This project uses interviews and document analysis to piece together the values, beliefs, and actually existing practices of faculty members, using participants’ most recent publication as a case study. The results will be used to improve the resources and services that Fondren offers to faculty, and they also stand to fill a gap in the scholarly communication research literature. Fondren Fellows Showcase “Author Rights” by Marcel LaFlamme


Graduate student in Anthropology
Mentor: Lisa Spiro

Data management has become a more pressing issue for researchers lately, as funding agencies are increasingly requiring researchers to present rationalized data management plans and to ensure access to their research data well after the completion of their funded research. However, institutional support for research data management is still a relatively new field, without established best practices. This project uses interviews with Rice faculty and data librarians at peer institutions to develop insight into the research data management environment at Rice, and develop comprehensive recommendations for how Fondren might best support ongoing efforts to develop policies and infrastructure to support research data management by both faculty and student researchers. It suggests that the existing Rice Digital Scholarship Archive could be profitably used to facilitate sharing and archiving of research data, and identifies a number of key areas where Fondren might assist departments in educating researchers about the importance and technical aspects of rationalized research data management


Sophomore, Will Rice College
Mentor: Sue Garrison and Melinda Flannery

During the Fall 2016 semester, Fondren Library will be reviewing alternative seating arrangements for possible student use. This can include bike desks, under desk ellipticals, treadmill desks and more! Alternative desks can improve students’ cognitive function while studying and keep them active. With increasing research showing the dangers of extended sitting, alternative seating arrangements at Fondren can improve student health and grades.  Student input is essential to this project to ensure Rice University students will positively benefit from this possible change. Fondren Fellows Showcase “FitDesks” by Neha Potlapalli


Graduate student in History
Mentors: Amanda Focke and Rebecca Russell

We designed our project, entitled “Mapping Civil War Narratives,” to make the Woodson Research Center’s rich Civil War-related collections more accessible to researchers. I will use ArcGIS to map where people wrote these documents and what locations they discussed in these documents. This interactive “bird’s-eye view” map will give these collections a new dynamism. Researchers will be able to see the multiple geographies of these collections and the interactions between them. A researcher, for example, could follow the particular route of a soldier in the Army of the Potomac, trace the exchange of letters between Confederate officers and Richmond, or use filters to see where men and women discussed race, politics, violence, or disease. This semester, I will focus first on mapping soldiers’ letters to their families in order to build a framework and methodology for the future expansion of this project to all of the Woodson’s Civil War-related collections. Additionally, I will use Esri Story Maps to highlight one particular collection in order to further show the interpretive possibilities of the Woodson’s collections.

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