April 6, 2004

Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-3374

KU senior in English from Arkansas City wins national Mellon fellowship

LAWRENCE -- Cody Marrs, an Arkansas City senior in English at the University of Kansas, has won one of 85 fellowships offered nationally through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage teaching careers in the humanities.

The Mellon Foundation in Princeton, N.J., announced the winners.

The fellowship will provide $17,500 and cover tuition and fee costs for a year of graduate study. The fellowship program is administered by Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

A total of 24 KU students, including Marrs, have received Mellon fellowships since 1984. Nearly 1,900 Mellon fellowships have been awarded since the competition began in 1982. Former Mellon fellows are now teachers and scholars at some of the nation's top universities and colleges.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said, "As a new Mellon fellow, Cody represents the best in the nation among the young scholars who will be teaching the humanities in our universities in a few years. I congratulate him, his parents and his teachers over the years who have encouraged his scholarship and talent."

Marrs is the son of Monte and Bette Marrs. He will graduate from KU in May. He attended Maize High School and Newman University.

Marrs plans a career teaching literary studies at the university level. He is considering graduate doctoral programs in English and American literature at Cornell University or at the University of California at Berkeley. Both universities have offered him five-year fellowships.

As an undergraduate Marrs has focused on cultural theory, continental philosophy and 19th-century literatures. As a graduate student, he plans to examine the relationship between literature and nationalism.

At KU he has received an undergraduate research grant to study connections between French philosopher Michel Foucault and new historicism. He presented a paper at the 10th annual Eyes on the Mosaic Conference at the University of Chicago.

Philip Barnard, KU associate professor of English, was the faculty adviser for Marrs' undergraduate research project. Barnard noted that the Mellon fellowship "recognizes Cody's extraordinarily high level of achievement and scholarly potential. It is notable that as an undergraduate Cody has developed a talent for working in some of the most demanding areas of the discipline. His well-deserved success at this level will lead to even more impressive accomplishments."


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