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Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship

2016-2017 Fellowship Award Announcement

Congratulations to Karen Merritt, W-98!  She is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship.

With support from this award, Karen plans to investigate and document the “invisible history” of 16th and 17th century mercury and silver mining in Spain and Mexico, which she describes as one of the “longest continuous maritime transport endeavors in history.”  Examining the cultural history and environmental legacy of mercury and silver mining and transportation during Spain’s “Silver Age,” the project represents a convergence of Karen’s interests: health, science, engineering and photography.

Karen will travel to a former mine in Almadén, Spain where an estimated 6,500 metric tons of mercury were extracted and brought to Mexico for use in silver mining between approximately 1550 and 1700.  She will also explore the site of silver mines in Zacatecas, Mexico.  Karen is interested in the long-term environmental and societal consequences of the Spanish silver era and, through photos and text, will research and document conditions in Almadén and Zacatecas through the lens of the mining history of those locations.

To learn more about Karen and her project, please visit the Currents blog.

About the Fellowship

The Fellowship program, established in 1987, is in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III - sailor, educator, and adventurer - who sailed on several Westward cruises and taught Maritime Studies on shore. With his strong curiosity and sense of adventure, Armin inspired SEA students and staff alike.

Purpose: The goal of the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship is to help one person each year follow a dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study. The successful project will involve active investigation into an area of personal interest (excluding work or study subjects) that is marine-related and reflects a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge.

Eligibility: SEA Semester alumni, faculty, staff, and past employees are eligible for the Fellowship. The award is $7,000 for projects that are at least one month in duration and involve any marine or maritime field that is not directly related to the applicant's current professional or academic activities. Winners will be chosen by a competitive selection.

To Apply: If you missed this year's deadline. No worries! Preliminary proposals for the 2017-2018 fellowship will be accepted on a rolling basis until SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. Preliminary proposals should be no more than two pages, outline the projecy and preliminary budget, and include a short biographical sketch of the applicant.  Email Fellowship proposals to elsaesser@sea.edu or mail to Elsaesser Committee, SEA, PO Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

News: Recent Elsaesser Fellowship Winners

2016 Elsaesser Fellowship Winner Final Report

Posted on: March 01, 2017
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

Ex.Ex.Redux: Elsaesser Fellowship winner Timothy Dwyer retraces path of 1841 US Exploring Expedition

This past summer, Timothy Dwyer (W-160), the recipient of the 2016 Elsaesser Fellowship, assembled a crew of adventurers to follow in the path of Captain Charles Wilkes and the United States… Read More

Karen Merritt is winner of Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship award

Posted on: December 21, 2016
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

Karen Merritt, public health educator, street photographer and SEA Semester alumna (W-98), has been selected to receive this year’s Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship award.  Karen plans to use the award to investigate and document the “invisible history” of 16th and 17th century mercury and… Read More

SEA Announces 2015-16 Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship Winner

Posted on: November 03, 2015
By: Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

If you could follow one dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study, what would it be?

That’s the question that SEA posed this spring when we invited applications from alumni, faculty, staff, and past employees for the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship. The Fellowship… Read More

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