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.

2017 Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 Palermo Founders Fund fellowship recipients:

Mercedes Ramsey

Majors:  International Studies and French

Title:  The ICRC and MSF: Managing the Principles of Impartiality and Neutrality in an Increasingly Public, Media-Hungry, World

"By studying the communication efforts and the past missions of two representative humanitarian NGOs, the ICRC and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), this thesis will determine if/how NGOs respond to that increased pressure. Ultimately, this project will endeavor to show that the addition of the traditional media and, more recently, social media to humanitarian networks has evolved the way NGOs and the public view impartiality and neutrality as they relate to humanitarian NGOs."

Jamie Vieson

Majors:  Human Rights Studies and Philosophy

Title:  The Stigma of Homelessness as an Identity - Homelessness as a Gendered Condition

"All persons experiencing homelessness need to be treated equally so that their voices are heard, instead of suppressed. This thesis will work to address the problem of homelessness as a condition, rather than an identity in order to reduce oppression."

Ryan Westerbeck

Major:  History

Title:  The Irish Question: Woodrow Wilson’s Development of the Relationship between the United States and Ireland

"Until the 1990’s, Irish foreign policy was not a particularly developed field of historical literature....I am interested in putting to paper a detailed analysis of Irish foreign policy efforts in regards to the United States, and more specifically their efforts towards Woodrow Wilson. My research will include several archives in the United States and in Ireland that house documents crucial to the understanding of the relationship between the United States and Ireland."

Past Recipients

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