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Nine seniors win Fulbrights to study overseas

Destinations range from Sweden to Qatar

Fulbright awards were recently granted to eight Dartmouth students, and one student received the Fulbright's German equivalent, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst (DAAD). All are members of the Class of 2006.

The Fulbright program provides funding that allows students, faculty, and other professionals to pursue research and study around the world. Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, the Foundation receives its funding through the U.S. State Department and from participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries.

Fulbright applicants who intend to study at German universities can apply for a DAAD, which provides the same funding as a Fulbright but is supported exclusively by the German government.

Fulbright scholars
Fulbright/DAAD winners
L-R: Nicholas Taranto, Cayelan Carey, Christopher Foster, Elizabeth Swedo, James Redfield, Hema Mohan. Not pictured are Peter Hughes, Peter Verovsek, and Jennifer Krimm. (Photo by Sarah Benelli)

Cayelan Carey is a biology major with an interest in fresh water ecology. She plans to study the algae in Lake Erken in Sweden and compare the data to similar algal blooms in Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. She will work with researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Christopher Foster will travel to Wuhan University in China to study ancient bamboo slips that were excavated from a tomb in Guodian, Hubei. His double major in philosophy and Chinese will be put to use as he studies these philosophical texts and the methodology used to transcribe the Chu script into modern Chinese.

Peter Hughes is a history and German studies double major. He plans to study at the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany. His interests lie in U.S.–German relations in the 1980s and the events that led to the end of the Cold War.

Jennifer Krimm will study at the University of Qatar, through the American Embassy in Dubai. She is a government major, and is interested in learning more about Al-Jazeera International, the English-language news channel in the Middle East. She's focusing on whether it can foster increased cultural and political understanding.

Hema Mohan, who is majoring in Arabic language and literature, plans to study Arabic at the American University of Kuwait. She is interested in how English words have crept into Arabic languages, and she will explore the linguistic and cultural correlations between the different languages.

Elizabeth Swedo has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship in France. She is a French major, and she is interested in attending medical school. Through a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the French government, she will teach English to elementary school children.

Nicholas Taranto, a geography major, will work on his Teaching Assistantship in the village of Madiun, East Java, Indonesia, where he will teach English at a secondary school. He will also pursue his interests in international development and work part-time with a tsunami relief or international aid organization.

Peter Verovsek, a double major in government and German studies, will examine the issue of political memory in the relations between Italy and Slovenia, looking at both theoretical and country-specific issues. Working through the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, he wants to understand the importance of political memory in international relations.

DAAD Scholarship winner James Redfield will study at Die Freie Universität Berlin. He is majoring in comparative literature (German-French), and is interested in the cultural relevance of current education practices in Germany. He will examine how intercultural issues are covered in a high school classroom with a substantial minority or immigrant population.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08