Elliott Evans has been awarded a fellowship from Indiana University and is beginning his Ph.D. program in Germanic studies and philology this fall.
Evans discovered early his appreciation and fascination for language. While pursuing his bachelor's degree and master's degree at West Virginia University, he was able to fuse his studies focusing on the old languages and cultures of northern Europe. He was captivated by these people's lack of technologies and the rich and profound cultural wisdom they possessed. In order to more fully appreciate the relatively few surviving linguistic artifacts, he learned to read several of the old European languages such as Gothic and Old Norse.
Ultimately, he wrote his master's thesis on the old Germanic writing system, the runes and showed why this branch of studies is so important for our modern society.
While pursuing his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Evans hopes to better illuminate the ancient ways of the Germanic peoples and demonstrate what a crucial role these poorly understood ancestors played in shaping our modern culture.
Evans is a 2005 graduate of Elkins High School.