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Seniors Head for Germany on Fulbrights, DAADs

Ariel Stern-Markovitz '05
Alexia Huffman '05
Christopher McMullen-Laird '05
Christopher McMullen-Laird '05
Alexia Huffman '05
Ariel Stern-Markovitz '05
Krista Sande-Kerback '05
Krista Sande-Kerback '05

Dartmouth '05s Ariel Stern-Markovitz, Christopher McMullen-Laird, Alexia Huffman, and Krista Sande-Kerback have each received either a Fulbright Scholarship or its German equivalent, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), which will support them for a year of study in their fields at a German university.

The Fulbright Scholarship relies on a combination of funding from the U.S. State Department and foreign governments to support American scholars abroad. Fulbright applicants who intend to study in Germany can also apply for a DAAD, which provides the same funding as a Fulbright but is funded exclusively by the German government. Of the four Dartmouth students who will study in Germany next year, Sande-Kerback and Huffman received Fulbrights, McMullen-Laird and Stern-Markovitz received DAADs. 

Stern-Markovitz, an economics major from Cleveland, Ohio, will research public health, financial indicators, and the effect of reunification on the former East Germany. She is interested in the effect of macroeconomic shocks and is completing her thesis on macroeconomic shocks to the U.S. economy in the early 1980s.  Stern-Markovitz captains the College's figure-skating team, the 2005 Intercollegiate Team Champions.

McMullen-Laird has an unconventional story. Growing up, he and his family traveled all over the world, leaving him without an obvious hometown. At Dartmouth, his passions for opera and conducting prompted him to apply to be a Senior Fellow. Instead of taking classes or choosing a major, he conducted (literally) his own project on the last year of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life, conducting and recording performances of Mozart's final works. In Germany, he will expand his work at the Franz Liszt music academy in Weimar into a study of Mozart and his contemporary, Johann Adolf Hasse.

Huffman, a German studies major from Santa Cruz, Calif., is interested in German history. She will spend her year abroad comparing the American approach to reeducating German World War II POWs to the British approach. The daughter of a German immigrant, Huffman says her family connection first drew her to German history. She plans to enter a PhD program in history at Georgetown University upon her return.

Sande-Kerback, a geography major from Chatham, N.J., received a teaching Fulbright, which means her time in Hamburg will be split between teaching English to high school students and conducting her own research on Turkish immigration and identity. Sande-Kerback is also minoring in German and is a self-designed minor in gender and public policy. Following her year in Hamburg, she plans to accept a deferred position with Opera Solutions, a consulting firm in New York City.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 11/21/08