Dr. J. David Newell, Profesor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, has been recently named curator of the Junior Fellows Society, a program designed to extend the learning experience beyond the college walls.
The Junior Fellows Society, founded by Douglas Cater, was designed entirely to benefit the student body. The goal of the Junior Fellows Society is to help eligible students to expand their learning experience through membership and grant opportunities in order to pursue various internships and hands on experience in relation to their majors.
Dr. Newell has been a professor at Washington College for 31 years and is currently the head of the philosophy department. In this capacity, he has been responsible for teaching philosophy, theology and ethics subjects. Upon Dr. Davy McCall's retirement as curator of the Society, Dr. Newell submitted an application for the position and began work at the start of this semester.
As only the second curator of the society and the essential reason for the program's success thus far Dr. McCall's work has been invaluable to the society.
"We owe him a great bit of thanks for both estabishing and running the program," said Dr. Newell.
"I plan on broadening the scope of the program including more student involvement. We need to make more qualified students aware of the opportunity to join the Society. This program has been dedicated to helping good students who are committed to a higher level of learning," he said.
Dr. Newell also plans to involve the Fellows more with the entire student body, and invite distinguished speakers for the benefit of Fellows scholars. He strongly encourages all qualified students to apply.
The Fellows assists students by awarding grants so that they can pursue an area of research or internship. In recent years, the Fellows has provided monetary aid to students Natasha Eberly, who worked at the National Institute of Health's National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and Elizabeth Garrott and Stephen Spotswood, who worked together in a research project at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, Scotland, among several others. The only stipulation attached to the grant is that the project or internships be completed before graduation, so that the beneficiaries of the grants might share their experiences with other Fellows and members of the college campus.
As a collegium of scholars dedicated to the exchange of ideas, The Society
of Junior Fellows is open to students who are in at least the secod semester
of their sophomore year. To be eligible for membership, students must have
a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and demonstrate leadership qualities in
extra-curricular activities. Participation in community outreach programs
is encouraged. The Society holds collegiate activities to engage the interests
of all Junior Fellows, and participates in the publication of the Washngton
College Review, an annual journal of undergraduate research and writing.
To be selected for membership, an application must be completed. Applications
for The Society of Junior Fellows are being accepted up until February 22,