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Flagler student lands fellowship to study Egyptology at University of Chicago

Oct 4, 2011
by Staff

Egypt might be a long way from Flagler College, but Nicole Howlett will only have to travel to Chicago in order to study about it. The spring 2011 graduate has been awarded a fellowship into the Egyptology program at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She will receive full tuition and a $21,000-a-year stipend for living expenses for five years. At Flagler Howlett had a 4.0 grade point average with a major in history and a minor in environmental studies.

“This is perhaps the most important and even the most exciting thing to happen to me,” she said, adding that Chicago is one of the foremost schools for studying ancient history.

Howlett said she has always been interested in studying Egypt and ancient history.

“In studying Egypt I am not only studying the beginnings of the modern world, but my own beginnings,” she said. “Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations, an example of what we were when we were just beginning to think on a grand scale. The Western World likes to believe it began with Greece and Rome, but the beginnings can be traced back even further, to the first civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia.”

Wayne Riggs, Ph.D., Howlett’s adviser and assistant professor of history at Flagler, said Howlett is an outstanding student, both academically and personally.

“Nicole is a brilliant person with a very gracious personality,” he said. “We’re all very excited about
her acceptance.”

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