Student Research Fellows for 2016

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that two Student Research Fellows have been selected for 2016: Anthony Garruzzo of the College of Charleston and Rachel Lunsford of the University of South Caroliba. Student Research Fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years attending an accredited university or college in South Carolina to explore research and scholarship in the humanities. The 2016 fellows will conduct humanities research and present their findings in a public program at a South Carolina venue.

Anthony Garruzzo will investigate “Nelson Goodman and Conceptual Relativism” under the guidance of scholar Dr. Jonathan A. Neufeld. Mr. Garruzzo will analyze seminal texts on the subject of conceptual relativity and will prepare a paper to submit to four philosophy conferences with the expectation of presenting at two of them.

Rachel Lunsford’s project on “The Immersion Process: Cross-Cultural Language Learning” will include research in Madrid, Spain on the effectiveness of the immersion setting on exposure to a second language and culture, and Ms. Lunsford plans to publish a research paper on the findings that may be presented at several venues at USC and the South Carolina language teaching associations.

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Images: Anthony Garruzzo from the College of Charleston and Rachel Lunsford from the University of South Carolina

SC Humanities Board of Directors made the decision to begin offering Student Research Fellowships again in 2013 after receiving feedback from deans and professors who attended the Humanities in Higher Education Summits in 2009 and 2011. These academic humanists indicated that there were not many research opportunities available for students majoring in humanities disciplines and that such an opportunity would be encouraging in departments that are often losing funding and majors.

Executive Director Randy Akers said: “I believe it is important to support the work of future scholars and professionals in the humanities and to further stress the viability of the humanities in an increasingly technological age.”

SC Humanities looks forward to supporting Mr. Garruzzo and Ms. Lunsford in their excellent research plans. For more information about the Student Research Fellowships, including guidelines and application, please visit the website: or contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 23-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.  It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.