2020 Way Klingler Fellowships Award Recipients

Dr. Sarah GendronDr. Sarah Gendron

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Sarah Gendron is an associate professor of French in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a 2020 recipient of the Way Klingler Fellowship Award in the humanities and social sciences.

Currently, Gendron is working on a book titled, “Sub silentio: Gender-based Violence against Women by Security Forces and in Conflict Settings,” which focuses on the status of women in international humanitarian law and human rights law. The project examines the ways in which laws regulating the conduct of military and security forces, as well as those of the general population, have or have not served women during times of internal or international conflict.

With the fellowship, Gendron plans to continue her research for this project and dive deeper into a number of cases, including the plight of Bosnian and Croatian women during the Balkan Wars.

“Dr. Gendron’s project contributes a much-needed comparative perspective and a wealth of new first-hand sources that, without any doubt, will expand the existing understanding of this complex problem,” Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, chair and professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, said.

Recipients of the Way Klingler Fellowship receive $20,000 annually for three years to fund critical research that requires time, access to information and travel. The award will afford her the opportunity to begin interviews and archival work and to finish the groundwork for two others.


Dr. Dmitri BabikovDr. Dmitri Babikov

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Dmitri Babikov is a professor of chemistry in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2020 recipient of the Way Klingler Fellowship Award.

A trained theoretical physicist, Babikov found his passion with computational chemistry which uniquely shaped his career choice. He joined the chemistry department in the fall of 2004 with the goal of establishing a research group that focused on in-depth theoretical studies of dynamics in molecular systems, using modern opportunities of massively-parallel supercomputing.

Babikov’s work focuses on the development and applications of quantum dynamics methods for description of molecular collisions, including full-quantum, mixed quantum/classical and semi-classical theories.

Since Babikov’s promotion to professor, he was published extensively and has presented his research internationally. The quality of his work has constantly been demonstrated by his grantsmanship.

“Since arriving at Marquette, Professor Babikov has forged a remarkable record of scholarship,” Dr. James Kincaid, chair and professor in the Department of Chemistry, said. “He has published a truly impressive number of scientific contributions in some of our discipline’s most prestigious journals.”

With the Way Klingler Fellowship Award, Babikov will receive the funds to hire a postdoctoral fellow or a senior visiting scholar to join his research group. This individual will assist with research projects, grant writing and in the training of new graduate students.