2014 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Emma Prendergast is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, starting fall 2014. The philosophy program at Wisconsin is a top tier program nationally. Emma was awarded a highly competitive fellowship for the first year, guaranteed financial support for six years, and was one of fifty-one students across the country to receive a $5000 Phi Kappa Phi fellowship in support of her graduate study.
Emma was a James Millikin Scholar in the Millikin Honors Program. She earned numerous awards honoring her academic achievements during her time at Millikin, including membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and receiving the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Philosophy (2013). Perhaps most impressively, Emma was honored at the spring 2013 Honors Convocation with a Scovill Award, the highest academic honor that Millikin University bestows on its students.
At Millikin, Emma was afforded the opportunity to engage in research and produce scholarship. For example, Emma presented her paper “Mo Tzu’s Law of Universal Mutual Love and the Prisoner’s Dilemma” at the 24th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference at Truman State. In addition, she published multiple creative haiku writings. For example, she wrote a creative haiku sequence in response to Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” prologue. She wrote haiku starting with Zarathustra’s symbolic descent from his home in the mountains, followed by a series of haiku that embodied his concept of the overman, accompanied by some original photos. She also had haiku published in two journals, a senryu magazine called Prune Juice, and a New Zealand haiku magazine, Kokako. Senryu is a satirical type of haiku.
Emma was a three-year participant in Millikin’s moot court program. In the three competitions in which she participated, her team took second place twice (2013 and 2014). Emma was honored with the John Williams Award for Most Outstanding Attorney at the 2013 competition. Success in this kind of venue is the epitome of successful performance learning at a professional level – a key learning goal in our curriculum.
Emma demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community leadership. Emma served as student senate sophomore representative, a first year experience mentor, and editor for Millikin’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In addition to these various leadership roles, Emma was an active participant in numerous campus organizations and clubs, including: Model Illinois Government Moot Court, Model United Nations, Philosophy Club, University Women’s Choir, and Delta Delta Delta. Emma worked as a desk assistant in the library. Finally, she has served as a tutor/youth supervisor with Homework Hangout, taking her leadership and service skills to the larger Decatur community.
Links to Emma’s published haiku: