Office of Scholar Development

The Office of Scholar Development was created to help students attain opportunities for independent research and sponsored scholarship. With help from the StAAR Center and the Scholarship Committee, we assist students in the sometimes complicated application process every step of the way, from deciding which scholarship is the right fit to revising application essays.

The research we sponsor and the students we nominate for nationally competitive awards are a way that we tell the world who we are as an institution, and a way we reaffirm Tufts’ commitment to inclusion, critical inquiry, and social justice.

Our office is dedicated to scholarship and teaching in service of the struggle toward equity, safety, and justice for all people and our planet. We reaffirm our commitment to stand in solidarity with those targeted by forces of repression. We actively denounce homophobia, misogyny, racism, transphobia, xenophobia, ablism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of hatred and bigotry.

The Office of Scholar Development holds weekly drop-in hours where we answer questions and give application feedback. Hours are Mondays 4-5 PM in the Tower Café, and Wednesdays 12-1 PM at the Center for STEM Diversity (20 Professors Row).

Meet the Staff

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Dr. Anne Moore, Program Specialist

Anne Moore (she/her/hers) is a double Jumbo, having graduated from Tufts with a PhD in English in 2012. She helps undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni from Tufts University find opportunities for money, glory, or hopefully both. She manages all the application processes for nationally competitive awards and directs the largest undergraduate research program at Tufts.

Her research focuses on the relationship between serial narratives and fandom. Her favorite fellowship is the Truman Scholarship, and if she were a Jane Austen character, she would be Marianne Dashwood.

To make an appointment with Anne, please visit

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Carolina Goncalves, Program Assistant

Carolina Goncalves (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year PhD student in Child Study and Human Development. She works primarily with students applying for the Fulbright Scholarship, Gaither Junior Fellows Program, and Goldwater Scholarship, as well as the Tufts Summer Scholars Program.  

She researches the intersection of ethnic racial identity with mental and physical health outcomes among immigrant populations. She grew up in Chicago, but is originally from Luanda, Angola. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and English Literature from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and her master's degree in Child Development at Tufts. 

To make an appointment with Carolina, please reach out to her directly at

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Emily Palermo, Program Assistant

Emily Palermo (she/her/hers) is a PhD Candidate in the English Department, where she also teaches Expository Writing. In the Office of Scholar Development, she is always ready to help students at any stage in the process of writing personal statements. She works closely with the Critical Language Scholarship, Beinecke Scholarship, and the Beinecke Scholarship, as well as Tufts’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and Summer Scholars Program. 

She received her B.A. from Louisiana State University in 2017, and M.A. from Tufts University, both in English.

To make an appointment with Emily, please visit