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George Washington University Alumni and Doctoral Student Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

October 06, 2011

 

WASHINGTON— Recent alumni and a doctoral student at the George Washington University have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Fifteen undergraduate alumni will travel abroad through the U.S. Student Program.

Julie Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa., was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to India. She will be teaching English at a government school called Kendriya Vidyalya in Kolkata, India, until early April. Ms. Bailey graduated in May in 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs concentrating in international development. She hopes to use her Fulbright experience as catalyst for a career in development in the future.

Rupita Chakraborty of Bridgewater, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Indonesia. She will teaching in Samarinda Seberang at a private boarding school. Ms. Chakraborty graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs and a minor in journalism. After Fulbright, she hopes to go to law school and focus on either international or criminal law.

Sarah Conner graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs. Originally from Manasquan, N.J., Ms. Conner was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Egypt where she will be an affiliate of Alexandria University. Her Fulbright research will be a public health project examining the role of fast-food in Egypt's diet, nutritional awareness and obesity rates. Upon returning from Egypt, Ms. Conner hopes to enroll in a graduate program in biostatistics in public health and eventually work in the field of nutritional research.

Amanda Eller graduated in May 2010 with a B.A. in international affairs and a minor in anthropology. Originally from East Greenwich, R.I., Ms. Eller was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Benin, and she will be will be working with religious sociologist Hippolyte Amouzouvi at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, and with the School of African Cultural Heritage in Porto-Novo. Her project will look at the relationships between mainline Protestant missionaries, African-initiated Christian churches and Vodou practitioners in Benin. After Fulbright, Ms. Eller hopes to start her Ph.D. in anthropology and eventually work as an applied anthropologist focusing on the intersection between religion and development.

Leslie Jessen of Denver, Colo., was awarded was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Georgia. While in Georgia she hopes to also intern Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Jessen received her B.A. in May 2010 in international affairs and after her Fulbright plans to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Carolyn Kerchof of Birmingham, Ala., was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Germany where she will be teaching in the town of Bad Zwischenahn. She received her B.A. in May 2010 in English and German and after her Fulbright plans to pursue her M.A. in literature. In the future, she hopes to become a professor of comparative literature.

Daoyen Lei of New York City, N.Y., graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs and a minor in German language and literature. She was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Germany where she will be teaching at Carlo-Schmid-Oberschule in Berlin-Spandau. Ms. Lei hopes to incorporate her professional experience in museum studies and education into her classroom lectures.

Caitlin Loehr graduated in May 2010 with a B.A. in political communications. Originally from Eagan, Minn., Ms. Loehr will spend her Fulbright research grant as an affiliate of both African bureau of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Africa) and the Union of Associative and Community Radio Broadcasters in Senegal (URACS). Her research will look at how community radio may be used to promote the sustainable development in rural and poverty-stricken communities in Senegal. After Fulbright, Ms. Loehr hopes to pursue a graduate degree in international development and communications.

Emma Morse graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in global public health. Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Ms. Morse was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Tanzania. In collaboration with the Medical Women's Association of Tanzania and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, she will carry out research that examines breast cancer awareness and prevention strategies among women in urban and rural communities. After Fulbright she plans to continue working on issues of women’s health and development.

Betsy Myers of Marietta, Ga., was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Amman, Jordan. As an affiliate of Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan, her research will center on Jordan's blossoming nuclear energy program and its regional and domestic impacts. Graduating with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies in May 2011, Ms. Myers hopes to remain in the Middle East after Fulbright to improve her Arabic language skills before returning to the United States to obtain a Masters degree in a Middle Eastern Studies.

Victoria Roman of Gilbert, Ariz., was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Tajikistan. She will be teaching English as a second language under the auspices of Khujand Commercial University. Outside of teaching, she will be starting an afterschool theatre program for girls in the hopes of engaging local communities through female education and providing girls with opportunities to express themselves independently and creatively. Graduating in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs and geography, Ms. Roman will begin her teaching through the Teach for America Program after completing her Fulbright.

Cascade Tuholske of Missoula, Mont., was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Sliven, Bulgaria. In addition to teaching English at the university level, Mr. Tuholske will be engaging in independent research focusing on civic engagement programs in the area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in international affairs in May 2010, he hopes to pursue a graduate studies in public diplomacy and global communications after completing his Fulbright.

Sarah Tynen of Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in international affairs concentrating in Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to China where she will be an affiliate of Nanjing University. For her Fulbright research, Ms. Tynen plans to examine the impact of urban renewal on the preservation of tradition and cultural identity. After Fulbright, she plans to continue her research in a graduate program and would like to return to China to work for an educational consulting firm focused on helping others learn about and experience the ancient and diverse cultures of China.

Kristen Van Nest of New Canaan, Conn., graduated in May 2010 Magna Cum Laude and Special Honors with a B.A. in international affairs and economics. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Luxembourg where as an affiliate of the University of Luxembourg, her research will focus on how historical information has been used by Luxembourg’s government and business communities to create a future-oriented image of the nation.

Harry Wodehouse of North Collins, N.Y., graduated in May 2010 Magna Cum Laude with Special Honors with a B.A. in international affairs. He was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Mauritius where he will be an affiliate of the University of Mauritius. His research will gauge the effectiveness of English as the language of instruction and assessment in Mauritian primary education, with Creole used to supplement language acquisition. Given his longstanding interest in this topic, Mr. Wodehouse plans to pursue doctoral studies that will focus on cross-cultural communication as a medium for socio-economic development.

Additionally, one GW doctoral student has been awarded with a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship.

Patrick Funiciello of Boston, Mass., is currently in the dissertation phase of his Ph.D. program. He was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Spain, where he will travel to Seville, Madrid, Simancas and Valladolid to complete his dissertation research on the role of contraband in the Spanish Empire during the period from 1580-1640.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people—111,000 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 183,000 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States—with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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