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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Tanya Banerjee
Thesis Title: Dimension X/The Representations of Mental Illness in the Media and Grief in Fiction
Thesis Department: English
Student Major: Psychology and Communication
Student Minor: Creative Writing
Favorite Rutgers Moment: One of my favorite Rutgers moments is during the English/Creative Writing Awards, when I received the chance to read out loud and share my creative work with an audience. It was a fulfilling and memorable experience!
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Dream/Goal: I aspire to be a novelist for young adults and to teach Creative Writing at the university level.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: Being a Paul Robeson Scholar in this centennial year of his graduation makes me feel honored to carry on his legacy and inspires me to positively impact others and strive to make a difference in people's lives.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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