Matthew Wiencke Research Fund


Income from the Matthew Wiencke Research Fund in Classics is intended to help underwrite a program of modest grants for students interested in various research opportunities. These include: the senior "culminating" essay, Honors Theses, off-campus internships, archaeological fieldwork, and course-related field trips. Priority will be given to proposals for expenses directly related to student projects, such as travel to archaeological sites and museums, production costs, the acquisition of research data (in forms such as books, images, or data bases), and costs associated with an off-campus internship. Both the quality of the proposal and the feasibility of the project will be considered. The grant recipients shall be selected by a faculty committee composed of members of the Department of Classics. Please see the application (pdf) for requirements.

Review of applications will begin on May 1st. Students needing to secure funding in order to accept a position in a summer seminar, course, or excavation et al. may apply early to the Department and specify the program's deadlines on their applications. Receipt of applications closes on May 20th.

Past Recipients

  • Thomas Rover '16. ran an archaeological dig, ArchaeoTek, Canada
  • Katelyn Burgess '13. Katelyn Burgess worked at the Caladinho Archaeological Project in Portugal.
  • Emily Stronski '13. Emily Stronski worked at the Gabii project in Rome.
  • Emma Vance '13. Emma Vance participated in the excavation at Gournia, a Minoan town on Crete.
  • Chloe Moon '13 and Jenna Winebaum '13. Both participated in the Idalion project, an archaeological dig on Cyprus.
  • Elizabeth Neill '13. Elizabeth Neill presented a paper at the Undergraduate Classics Conference at Miami University (Dayton, Ohio) on Female Figures and Columns in Ancient Greek Art: The Boundaries of the Oikos, and also interned this summer at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Benjamin Driver '12. Benjamin Driver studied Greek at Harvard.
  • Tara Henn '12. Tara Henn presented a paper on Scenes of Ajax and Achilles Playing Dice on Black-Figure Athenian Pottery at the University of Tennessee's Undergraduate Classics Conference.
  • Kathryn Mammel '11. Kathryn Mammel participated in a Summer excavation in 2009.
  • Alexander Vespoli '09. Alexander Vespoli traveled to England for the summer of 2008 to dig at the Roman site of Vindolanda near Hadrian's Wall in Northumbria. He also interned at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading.
  • Ray DiCiaccio '09. Ray DiCiaccio traveled to Greece to work in the Athenian Agora for a summer.
  • Dominic Machado '09. In 2008 Dominic Machado traveled to the APA conference in Chicago to deliver a talk entitled, "Generals, Gods, and Games: Video Games and Classical Antiquity."
  • Briar Teron '08. Briar Teron traveled to Pompeii in 2007 to do on-site research for her thesis about the physical structures and basic operations of Pompeian bakeries.
  • Anna Sjogren '06. Anna Sjogren traveled to the eastern coast of Crete to participate in the archaeological excavation of the town of Palekastro. There, she hoped to study myths about young Zeus and his connections to Palekastro.
  • Matthew R. Jedreski '05. In 2003, Matt Jedreski traveled to Perugia in Italy to study Italian for a summer. In 2005, he was awarded the Wiencke Research Fund again and took a 10-day research trip to the University of Marburg in Germany and to Greece to research depictions of Cretan religious architecture during the Late Bronze age for his honors thesis.
  • Karen Zook '05. Karen Zook interned at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading. There, she performed artifact-based research and utilized university libraries to do research for her honors thesis.