Philosophy Student Wins Greek Studies Prize

University of Arizona graduate philosophy student Michelle Jenkins has won the 2009 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in Greek Studies given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Jenkins currently is writing her dissertation, "Seekers of Wisdom, Lovers of Truth: A Study of Plato's Philosopher." He primary area of study is ancient philosophy with a particular focus on issues in Plato's epistemology and methodology.

The annual Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The fellowship includes a stipend of $20,000.

"Michelle richly deserves this prestigious award, which has seldom been awarded in her field, ancient philosophy," said Julia Annas, UA Regents' Professor of philosophy. "She is one of our program's outstanding students in her research, as well as being engaged and innovative in her teaching."

"I'm really excited about having a year to work on, and complete, my dissertation," Jenkins said. "I'm at that stage in my work where having the time to devote exclusively to my dissertation and a couple of related projects can make a real difference in finishing everything up. It's been great to be able to spend all of my time reading, thinking and writing about Plato."

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 276 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence and to foster freedom of thought and expression.