Student-Athletes Honored As Royce Fellows

Student-Athletes Honored As Royce Fellows

Four Brown student-athletes were among 17 undergraduate students named to the Society of Royce Fellows at an induction ceremony on April 17, 2014.

Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University, the Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Along with funding, the program confers lifetime membership in the Society of Royce Fellows, a community of student scholars, faculty fellows, and Royce alumni that offers a forum for reflection, inquiry, and intellectual engagement within the university. 

Every spring, up to twenty students at Brown are inducted into the Society of Royce Fellows, each receiving an award of up to $4,000 to pursue a research, curricular development, or public service project of his or her own design. The program seeks to enable undergraduates to explore their developing interests and passions and to extend the ideals of Brown’s open curriculum beyond the walls of the university.




Leah Eickhoff ’15 (Track)

“Finding Common Ground: Running and Veteran Connectivity on Team Red, White and Blue”

Leah will work with Team Red, White and Blue, a national organization committed to improving the lives of veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activities. Her research will explore how the organized running program of Team Red, White and Blue connects veterans to communities and improves their sense of purpose and agency.


Sazzy Gourley ’16 (Swimming and Diving)

“Red Bull’s Cliff Diving Series: Intersections Between Marketing, Sport, and Corporate Social Responsibility”

Sazzy will investigate how Red Bull can use the intersections between marketing, sport and corporate social responsibility to build its brand while expanding the social benefits to international communities through its Cliff Diving Series. He hopes to use the Cliff Diving Series as a model for how Red Bull can collaborate with NGOs around the world.


Sandra Kimokoti ’15 (Rugby)

“Play, Learn, Thrive: Using Rugby to Promote Health Education”

Sandra will develop and implement a health education curriculum for high school girls in rural, Western Kenya. The curriculum will combine reproductive health education and rugby in an effort to empower them to have agency over their reproductive health.


Nelly Weledji ’15 (Basketball)

“Using Sport to Raise Health Care Awareness in Cameroon”

Nelly will be working with the Holy Family Foundation Clinic in Limbe, Cameroon. The clinic is community-based and dedicated to providing heath care to under- resourced families. In addition to providing support to health care workers, Nelly will explore the opportunities sport offers to educate families about the importance of health care and available resources.