Erica Kowsz ’11
Erica Kowsz ’11 has been awarded a national Beinecke Scholarship. The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the board of directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke. Each Beinecke scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. In the 2010 competition 83 students were nominated and 20 awards were given.

Kowsz, an archaeology and Hispanic studies major at Hamilton, is currently studying abroad at Pontificia Universidad del Peru. In 2009 she was the recipient of a Levitt Summer Research Fellowship that enabled her to serve as an undergraduate researcher with the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project in County Galway, Ireland. Kowsz conducted ethnographic interviews, surveys, gathered GPS data and did photography, videography and excavation at the site of early Christian monastic settlements on the western Irish coast.

She also conducted field work in July 2009 as part of the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project in Slocan, British Columbia.

Kowsz is employed with Hamilton’s Department of Anthropology, is a Writing Center tutor and also works at Burke Library. She is a member of the Hamilton Outing Club, the Spanish Club, the Society for American Archaeology and Connecticut Center for Archaeology. Kowsz was the recipient of the Winslow Prize in Romance Languages in 2009 and the Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize in 2008.

The Beinecke Scholarship program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 450 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Kowsz is a graduate of Rham High School, Hebron, Conn.

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