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Summer Research Fellows

James Madison Fellowship, Richard Stone Fellowship
The Center for Freedom and Western Civilization will sponsor up to three students each summer to pursue faculty-mentored summer research projects focused on themes related to the Western heritage of freedom and civilization. Projects can utilize a range of research methodologies and technologies, and can be done at Colgate or off-campus.

James Madison Summer Research Fellows are for students pursuing projects at Colgate under the guidance of Colgate professors.

Stone Fellows will pursue their research projects at the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, under the guidance of CEVRO faculty.

Both the James Madison and the Stone Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for the summer; Stone Fellows will receive additional funds (up to $2,000) to support travel and on-site research.

Current second or third-year students may apply each spring.

2017 Summer Fellows

Andrew Derrenbacker ’18 was a James Madison Summer Fellow for 2017. Drew did a summer research project on the political theory of the American founders, focusing on the natural law and natural rights ideas of the founding period.
Andrew Derrenbacker '18 poster from summer fellowship
Kyle Dillon ’18 was also a James Madison Fellow for the summer who worked on an important topic: the role of theology in higher education, comparing the ideas of John Henry Cardinal Newman with Thomas Jefferson and Colgate University’s Baptist founders. He did some of his research for Colgate’s Bicentennial History on the relation of its liberal arts program to its theological and religious mission.
Kyle Dillon presentation
Kyle Dillon '18 poster from summer fellowship
Matt De Leo ’18 was also a James Madison Summer Fellow for 2017. Matt completed a summer internship project on Adam Smith’s writings – a comparison of the Theory of Moral Sentiments with the Wealth of Nations on the question of human nature. Are there two Adam Smiths?
Ryan Zoellner ’20 was the Richard Stone Summer Fellow for 2017. Ryan completed a research paper on the writings of Leo Strauss and the Recovery of Classical Political Philosophy in Plato and Aristotle. Ryan also attended a week long conference at the Von Mises Institute in Atlanta, Georgia on the ideas of the famous Austrian free market economist.
Ryan Zoellner '20 poster from summer fellowship

2016 Summer Fellows

Jonathan (Jake) Baynum ‘18
James Madison Fellow
Project description: I am the James Madison Fellow at the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization. This summer I was tasked with writing an original research thesis concerning the political theory behind America's Founding Fathers, in particular that of Alexander Hamilton. My thesis will focus on the theoretical and religious aspects of Hamilton and the ebbs and flows of both of these sides throughout Hamilton's life and writings. In addition, I will be attending a conference at the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic to study classical liberalism with students and faculty from around the world.
Alexander Hamilton Poster_opt3
Jenny Robinson for website
Jenny Robinson ’18
Richard Stone Fellow
Project description: Through this fellowship, I hope to explore the effects of a liberal education and a peaceful society. Via the theories/philosophies of classic philosophers (such as Aristotle and Cicero) as well as those of classical modern philosophers (Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke), I hope to come to a conclusion on the best means of educating a society to create the most effective citizens for a democracy.