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  • Writer's pictureMegan Lewis

H.A.P.S. 2020 Recipients

We had an absolutely wonderful selection of candidates apply to H.A.P.S. this year, with research projects covering an incredibly diverse array of topics, including human sacrifice in Mesopotamia, water management, the translation of a Sumerian hymn, and the excavation of an Egyptian tomb. If you haven't watched the interviews then I highly recommend that you do so - they can all be found on the Digital Hammurabi YouTube channel.

15 students applied to H.A.P.S., from 14 different universities in 5 different countries. The quality of applications was absolutely excellent, and I truly wish we could fund everyone who applied! Sadly, we can't - at least, not yet! Out of the approximately 70 people who donated to H.A.P.S. this year, roughly 26 of them voted to choose the research that they most wanted to see funded. I am please to announce that the following students have been selected as the recipients of the H.A.P.S. 2020 summer grant:

Briana Jackson, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Luiza Osorio G. da Silva, from the University of Chicago.

Sara Quaggio, from the University of Pisa.

Briana is researching the art, architecture, and religion of the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt; Luiza is investigating the relevance of kingship for the general population in ancient Egypt; and Sara is studying the transportation and use of copper in Mesopotamia. I'll be providing more information on our scholars' planned summer projects in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for more information!

Thank you to everyone who applied to H.A.P.S. this year. I greatly enjoyed hearing about all of your research plans, and wish you the very best with your continued studies. I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future!

Thank you also to all of our donors. This fund wouldn't be possible without you, and I continue to be overwhelmed by your support and generosity, and am incredibly grateful that you see value in the work that our students are carrying out.


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