JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Congratulations to our 2020 Junior Fellows!

Inez Gallant, Julia Morf, Jahnavi Muppirala, Madison Waite
Started in 2017, the Marin Catholic Junior Fellowship Program is an opportunity offered to all students in the spring of their Junior year.  The program challenges students to propose, design, and implement a self-directed learning experience over the summer between Junior and Senior year.  Fellows spend a minimum of 40-50 hours on their respective projects, attending program workshops for support and working with program advisors to help guide them.  In the fall, Junior Fellows present their project to the public and a panel of judges.  Upon successful completion, Fellows are awarded a $400 stipend and recognition at a variety of events for their work. 

Congratulations to Inez Gallant, Julia Morf, Jahnavi Muppirala, and Madison Waite who were chosen as the 2020 cohort. These student’s proposals were selected among the largest number of applicants in the history of the program. We wish them luck as they embark on their projects this summer. 

To learn more about the individual projects, see below.

Inez Gallant

For my Junior Fellowship project, I hope to learn more about the process of writing and publishing a children's picture book. I'll be illustrating and writing the story myself over the summer, and I hope to have completed the story and illustrations by August so I can try to send it to a publisher after the Fellowship is over. I hope to learn more about the challenges of writing a book through the Fellowship. 

Julia Morf

For the Junior Fellowship opportunity I will be learning about beekeeping and how bees impact the environment. I hope to learn more about bees’ important role in our ecosystem to raise awareness about their declining populations and what we can do to save them.

Jahnavi Muppirala

Over the upcoming summer, I want to learn about the ancient southeast asian art of batik painting, a detailed process that uses dye-resistant wax to create embellished patterns and designs. I will explore the history of batik, understanding its origins and evolution, and utilize my knowledge to create an intricate and vibrant batik painting, employing acquired skills of multi-dye usage and meticulous wax design, to share with others who may not know about the remote art form.

Madison Waite

My topic for the Junior Fellowship Project is the fundamental principles of astrophysics and its history. I will be researching the discoveries of different astrophysicists, the central mathematics and concepts of astrophysics, and stellar remnants (dying stars). Being a Junior Fellow, I hope to grow in my passion for science and learn more about a subject that has always interested me.

2018 Junior Fellows

    • Video editing by Carolyn Mock '19

In Recognition of our Past Junior Fellows

2019: Quinn Duggan, Madison Kessler, Julia Maushardt, Julia Walker
2018: Marisa Davidson, Sophia Doerschlag, Grace Garcia, Sara Kennedy, Joey Press, Maria Tassone
2017: Alexa Barnes, Josh Beckman, Tess Polizzotti, Sara Lange