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Director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards (OFA); Student Awards, Initiatives, and Research (STAIR)
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In her role, Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade will work with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from all majors who are applying for a variety of external (non-JMU) scholarships, fellowships and awards, including the Fulbright US Student Grant, Gilman Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, and many (about 90!) more.  She will help applicants identify relevant awards and then guide them through the application process, from essay writing and revision to interview skills. 

Meredith was honored to start this work last year under the umbrella of the Honors College and is delighted to transfer her work to ORS where she hopes to continue to build student interest and excitement about possible future paths.  In addition to her student recruitment and mentorship, Meredith teaches in the Honors College each spring, co-chairs the JMU Fulbright Advisory Committee alongside Dr. Ed Brantmeier (focused on JMU's Fulbright involvement for both students and faculty), chairs multiple fellowship committees, she frequently serves as an external reader for several fellowships (including Gilman, CLS, and Boren), and is happy to serve on the University Writing Center Advisory Board. Meredith's work at JMU builds on her previous experience as an English professor and fellowships advisor at several institutions; most recently, she served as an Assistant Professor of English and the Founder/Director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards at High Point University in North Carolina. Her own research interests are varied but center on 20th-century American literature and drama. Meredith holds a BA in English and French (Wellesley College), an MA in English (Georgetown University) and a PhD in 20th-Century American Literature and Critical Race Studies (UNC-Chapel Hill). 

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