Heidi Wendt, a graduate student in religious studies and classics, received the Emeline Hill Richardson Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy have to offer. Recipients of the Rome Prize are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board during their stay in Rome. Wendt will be working on a research project titled Emporium Deorum: Entrepreneurial Religion in the Early Roman Empire. 

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