Photographs by Dorothy Hong

Each year, the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund generously provides graduate fellowship grants for outstanding alumnae. The application and interview process is overseen by the Fellowship Committee of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College (AABC). Finalists are chosen based on academic excellence, quality of references, and postgraduate goals, among other criteria. The following five alumnae are the recipients of the 2015 Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fellowships for Graduate Study.

Jillian Schreiber ’11


Jillian Schreiber is a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Einstein senior research fellow in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. Her research focuses on using 3-D technology to plan and execute complex facial reconstructive surgery, with a goal of expanding surgical planning to involve soft tissue as well as bone. Her work has led to innovations in soft-tissue surgery, and allows surgeons to simulate operations before they perform them. She plans a career as an academic reconstructive plastic surgeon.

Chelsea M. Frazier ’10


Chelsea Frazier is a PhD student in African American studies at Northwestern University. Her work is rooted in contemporary black visual and literary cultural productions, and her scholarly interests include environmental criticism, black feminist theory, and gender and sexuality studies. After graduating from Barnard with a women’s studies major, Chelsea received her MA in American studies from Purdue. She is also a fellow in the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern. Her research investigates black feminist interventions in political ecology and environmental criticism.

Fatimah Rimawi ’12


A major in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures while on the premed track, Fatimah Rimawi was involved in numerous organizations, including the Pre-Health Society, Amnesty International, and Model United Nations. After graduating, she was a research assistant at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she studied weight-independent mechanisms of diabetes remission after bariatric surgery. She decided to attend medical school after noting the disparities in health care in New York and around the world. She is a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Mariam Banahi ’07


A doctoral student in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, Mariam Banahi graduated summa cum laude from Barnard with a major in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Before completing her master’s in anthropology at the New School for Social Research, she spent 15 months in Cairo as a Fulbright fellow. Her research focuses on the effects of protracted war and insecurity on Afghan kinship relations. This fall, she begins fieldwork in Germany and Afghanistan. Her other fellowships include a Fulbright to Germany and a research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.

Zoe Woodbury High ’15


Zoe High studied religion and Asian and Middle Eastern cultures at Barnard. She has been fascinated by South Asian cultures and languages ever since spending four months volunteering in India during her gap year. Her primary academic interests are in South Indian devotional literature, dialogues between Sanskrit and vernacular traditions, and translation studies. In the fall, she will begin pursuing her MA in the history of religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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