Undergraduate receives prestigious Royal Geographical Society Fellowship

Posted by ap507 at Oct 01, 2014 12:55 PM |
Student from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History awarded for academic pursuits

Paul Joseph De Mola FRGS (pictured), an undergraduate student from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, has received a prestigious Royal Geographical Society (London) Fellowship after being nominated by Graham Shipley, Professor of Ancient History.

Paul said: "At face value, the great honour bestowed upon me is quite distinctive. To be recognised as a peer by a group of professionals in a separate field of inquiry at my age is quite rare.

"I'm deeply humbled by the fact that the Council thought me worthy to be part of a society whose roll call of names reads like a cast of characters from a H. Rider Haggard story. The likes of Scott, Burton, Speke, Fawcett, Stanley, Livingston among others, grace the halls of the Royal Geographical Society buildings. To be counted a 'Fellow' of such a distinguished company is, in my opinion, equivalent to an institutional degree.

"I believe my time at Leicester formed the foundation of my election. The training and education I received from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History enabled me to write a series of articles, whilst providing me with the necessary qualifications to become a successful teacher."

Paul was recognised by the society for the body of work he has completed as a student, including peer-reviewed publications, teaching credentials and depth of knowledge in multidisciplined and allied subjects.

His principle areas of interest are Roman Republican, Western Imperial and early Barbarian history and archaeology, as well as Classical philology. He has broad secondary interests in the archaeology of Early Bronze Age Mesopotamia and the political history of Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period Ancient Egypt. He also has general interests in both Classic and Postclassic Mesoamerican sociopolitical structures.

Founded in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society is dedicated to the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment.

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