The MA Society of Fellows constitutes a group of master's degree students who have distinguished themselves by their superb academic achievement. A Graduate School committee selects these students on the basis of faculty recommendations, as well as GRE score and grade point average.
The Society of Fellows assembles for special events during the semester where students can share their research, participate in singular programs, and enjoy a celebratory meal.
This year, the first event was a presentation of research by Ancient Judaism MA student Elina Flax, with the participation of Ancient Judaism PhD candidate Loren Spielman and professors Dr. Richard Kalmin and Dr. Seth Schwartz.
Last year, Dr. Arnold Franklin, assistant professor of Classical and Oriental Studies at Hunter College, spoke on the subject of "Jews and Muslims: Methodologies in Transcultural Transmission," and the fellows attended a private supper with Dr. Ruth Wisse, professor of Yiddish Literature at Harvard University, before her public lecture for the Finkelstein Institute.
In addition, Honors Society members are offered a stipend to offset the costs of either attendance at academic conferences or membership in learned societies.
Interdepartmental Studies MA alumna speaks with Bible MA program alumna in courtyard.