Elon alumna earns Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship

Nicole Plante '20 earned an $8,500 fellowship in support of her graduate school work in Middle Eastern studies at Harvard University.

Nicole Plante ’20 has been awarded the Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi that will provide her with $8,500 towards her graduate studies.

Nicole Plante ’20

Plante graduated in the spring and majored in international and global studies with a regional concentration on the Middle East and minors in geography, religious studies and Middle Eastern studies. As a Lumen Scholar, Plante conducted an extensive two-year research project examining post-resettlement experiences of refugees to create belonging in the United States.

Plante’s research has informed her career goals and she plans to pursue a career  relevant to refugee resettlement and immigration policy. In pursuit of this goal, Plante is attending Harvard University and working toward a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies.

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“It feels like this is just the tip of the iceberg,” Plante said in fall 2019 when interviewed about her Lumen Prize work. “I feel like I have learned so much about refugees, but even just about people in general and how people create meaning through new experiences.”