Palermo Fund

The Patrick F. Palermo Honors Program Founders Fund

The Palermo Founders Fund was established in 2004 and provides annual support in perpetuity for Honors students undertaking Honors Thesis projects that involve international research, service and leadership in the community, or which advance the realization of a just society. All of these are characteristics of the University’s distinctive approach to enhanced higher education in the Catholic and Marianist tradition. The endowed Dr. Patrick F. Palermo Honors Program Founders Fund is an example of the generosity of our alumni.

Fellowships that are awarded from this Fund are determined during the Thesis Research Proposal and Fellowship Request process each year.

2019 Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019 Palermo Founders Fund fellowship recipients:

BrYan Borodkin

Major:  Political Science

Title: State Supreme Courts, Constitutions and Environmental Adjudication

"I hypothesize that states with environmental constitutional language which has been utilized as a legal remedy by community members will have less environmental degradation than the states that do not have such environmental constitutional language."

Jennifer HOody

Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Title: Designing and Implementing a Peer-to-Peer Led Behavioral and Energy Reduction Program for Low-Income Neighborhoods

"A movement encouraging and educating on energy saving behavior for low-income households has not been pursued because of a misconception that behavior change among such households is unachievable. However, multiple studies addressing other issues in low-income communities such as teaching expecting mothers how to have a healthy pregnancy show that behavior change is possible and can reap positive change. Thus, through a pilot energy cooperative program in a local neighborhood, this research project will focus on designing a program and analyzing how successful energy saving behavior among low-income households can be achieved."

Mary McLoughlin

Major:  English and Human Rights Studies

Title: Queer Beyond Here: Stories of Sexuality Outside of Western Theories

"My thesis advances a criticism of Western identity-based understandings and theories of sexuality in line with much of academic thought. However, it goes beyond theorizing by engaging with storytelling from non-Western settings, as a channel for thinking about sexuality that is not bound by Western bias in the way much of academic queer theory is."

Past Recipients

The recipients of the 2018 fellowship were:

Annie Brinkman: Perceiving Place: A Social Design Case Study
Rachel Buzeta: Identifying Nitrate Contamination Sources in Surface and Groundwater Using Stable Isotopesin the Great Miami River Watershed
Natalie Weikert: A Study on Integrating International Students into the Campus Community at UD

The recipients of the 2017 fellowship were:

Mercedes Ramsey: The ICRC and MSF: Managing the Principles of Impartiality and Neutrality in an Increasingly Public, Media-Hungry, World
Jamie Vieson: The Stigma of Homelessness as an Identity - Homelessness as a Gendered Condition"
Ryan Westerbeck: The Irish Question: Woodrow Wilson’s Development of the Relationship between the United States and Ireland

The recipients of the 2016 fellowship were:

Erin Peiffer:  Enabling Well-Stirred Combustion in Biomass Combustion
Virginia Saurine:  Educating the Whole Child

The recipients of the 2015 fellowship were:

Krista Bondi:  Looking Anew at the Rothko Chapel: The Future of Interfaith Space on the Catholic Campus
Elizabeth Brumleve:  The Evolution of the Scope and Political Ambition of the State Attorneys General
Kara Jankowski:  The Implementation of Two-Way Immersion Programs
Margaret Maloney:  Human Rights and Healthy Societies: Opening Social and Cultural Spaces for Peacebuilding
Samuel Mullins:  Typology, Tabernacle and Tradition: A History of Interpretation of Hebrews 9:11-14
Dominic Sanfilippo:  Trauma, Oppression, and Identity: A Philosophical Approach to Justice in Catholic Communities

The recipients of the 2014 fellowship were:

Megan Flaherty:  Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Medication Adherence in Uninsured Patients with Hypertension
Nicole Price:  "What's So Funny?":  Racial and Ethnic Humor

The recipient of the 2013 fellowship was:

Laura Huber:  The Sustainability of Impacts of United Nations' All-Female Peacekeeping Units on Women's Empowerment in Liberia

The recipients of the 2012 fellowship were:

Chin Yi Chen:  Intercultural Communication Among College Students:  A Case Study in South Korea, Morocco and the United States
Carol Harper:  Improving Teacher Preparation to Enhance Academic Improvement of English Language Learners
Alexander Ulintz:  The Role of Mycolactone in Innate Immune Response Modulation and Alteration of Aquatic Biofilm Metabolic Profiles:  Implications for Buruli Ulcer Disease

The recipients of the 2011 fellowship were:

Amanda Fioritto:  Through the Golden Door:  Exploring the Integration of Iraqi Refugees in the United States
Monica Guisfredi:  Appropriate Technology for Extraction of Essential Oils from Orange Peels in La Paz, Bolivia
Rebecca Young:  "To Prepare the Revolution in the Family":  Girls’ Education in French Protectorate Morocco (1912-1956)

The recipient of the 2010 fellowship was:

Abagail Lawson:  The Cost of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Tension between Pursuing Peace and Obtaining Justice

The recipients of the 2009 fellowships were:

Eric J. Krissek:  An Ethnographical Exploration of Math and Science Pedagogy in a Kenyan Primary (K-8) School
Marie-Claire Tuzeneu:  The Ripple Effect? Examining the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on the Least Developed Countries

The inaugural Palermo Fund fellowships in 2008 were awarded to:

Beth Ann Saracco:  Uneven Transitions in Democracy:  The Cases of Chile and Guatemala
Emily Klein:  The Application of Public Engagement Models in Modern Christianity


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