This fall, four students who couldn't be more different will all be heading to the same place: Germany. 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 Austauch Dienst (DAAD), which will support them in a year of study in their field at a German university.
Well-known in American academic circles, the Fulbright Scholarship relies on a combination of funding from the U.S. State Department and foreign governments to support American scholars abroad. For Fulbright applicants who intend to study in Germany, there is also the opportunity to 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 received a DAAD and Stern-Markovitz was awarded both a Fulbright and a DAAD, although she will be accepting only the DAAD.
Stern-Markovitz, an economics major from Cleveland, Oh., will spend her time in Germany researching public health, financial indicators and the effect of reunification on the former East Germany. She is interested primarily in the effect of macroeconomic shocks and is completing her thesis on macroeconomic shocks to the U.S. economy in the early 1980s. When not focusing on economics, 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 passion 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 Mozart's life, including hiring, conducting and recording performances of Mozart's final works. In Germany, he will expand his work on Mozart at the Franz Liszt Academy in Weimar into a study of Mozart and his contemporary, fellow composer Johann Adolf Hasse.
Huffman, a German Studies major from Santa Cruz, Ca., is interested in German history. Specifically, 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 Ph.D. program in history at Georgetown University upon her return from Germany.
Sande-Kerback, a geography major from Chatham, N.J., received a teaching Fulbright which means that her time in Hamburg will be split between teaching English to high school students and conducting her own research on Turkish immigration and identity in Germany. Sande-Kerback is also minoring in German and is a self-designed minor in gender and public policies. Following her year in Hamburg, she plans to accept a deferred position with Opera Solutions, a consulting firm in New York.
By GENEVIEVE HAAS
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Last Updated: 12/17/08