Charles S. Peterson of Utah State University and J.D. Williams of the University of Utah were recently awarded the first research fellowships to be given by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities.

Williams, distinguished professor of political science and longtime director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, received the first Albert J. Colton Research Fellowship. (Colton was a prominent local attorney and clergyman, and member of the UEH Committee.) In his research on "The Bill of Rights at 200," Williams will examine its Mediterranean roots, trace it through England and Colonial America, and research legal controversies surrounding it.Peterson, former director of the Utah State Historical Society and current editor of Western Historical Quarterly, will research the contribution of western historians Dale Morgan and Hubert Howe Bancroft, who gave attention to Utah's settlement in the larger context of the westward movement.

The research of both scholars will lead to a series of free public lectures, times and locations to be announced as the events materialize.

- VIOLINIST MARTHA THOMPSON, a junior at Davis High School, has been named the winner of a scholarship to attend the Congress of Strings, to be held July 6-Aug. 18 in Detroit. There each student will be able to participate in the Meadowbrook Music Festival, master classes, sectionals and private instruction. Artistic director of the program is Ronald Leonard, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

The scholarship, sponsored by Local 104 of the American Federation of Musicians, was awarded following auditions in February. First runer-up is cellist Robert Marsden, also of Davis High, and string bass Ben Henderson of Clearfield High School.

- PERFORMANCE AWARDS of $25 each were presented to string bass Richard Paxman of St. George and violinist Megan Munford of Kanarraville at last month's National Federation of Music Clubs Festival at Southern Utah State College. Honorable mention went to violinists Bronwynn Blake, Amelia Ann Chipman and Tyler Hafen, all of Washington County.

Some of the above, together with other individuals and groups, qualified for Gold Cup trophies. Gold Cup winners will be presented in recital April 22.