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Fulbrights send seniors "round the girdled Earth"

A number of newly-graduated seniors have won Fulbright Scholarships for both teaching and research. 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 "enable the government of the United States to increase 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.

Rebecca Heller

Research Fulbright Award

Heller, of Piedmont, Calif., was a Senior Fellow who majored in government and minored in public policy. She will spend her Fulbright year in Malawi working with the University of Malawi to set up a series of rural nutrition centers for HIV-positive people who lack access to health care. Heller plans to travel to different villages to assess specific local needs regarding food and nutrition, helping the university to tailor the generic center model to individual communities. As an undergraduate, Heller devoted her time to community-based approaches to AIDS and malnutrition. She hopes to eventually attend law school.

Daniel Knecht

Research Fulbright Award

Knecht, of Jericho, N.Y., was a biochemistry major with a French minor. He is interested in the healthcare that Israel provides to the nomadic Bedouin people. He will study at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and conduct field research with local public health workers. He plans to submit a proposal to the Israeli Ministry of Health to improve Bedouin healthcare.

Brandon Morris

Research Fulbright Award

Morris, of Fort Collins, Colo., majored in Spanish modified with history and a minor in chemistry. He will spend a year in rural Uruguay researching leptospirosis, a disease which can infect both humans and animal populations and often appears in cattle herds. His work will focus on identifying disease risk factors posed to rural workers in the Uruguayan beef industry. As a Dartmouth student, Morris was active in public health service projects. He intends to return to the U.S. to enter medical school and become a rural physician.

Victoria Lee

Teaching Fulbright Award

Lee, a Los Angeles native who majored in sociology and history, will spend a month in Jakarta studying the Bahasa Indonesia language. She will spend the remainder of her Fulbright year in Surabaya, East Java, teaching English to high school students. Lee plans to continue her undergraduate research on Indonesian student democratic movements, which piqued her interest after serving as a Presidential Scholar in her junior year. Following her Fulbright experience, Lee plans to pursue a Ph.D in sociology.

Elisabeth Page

Research Fulbright Award

Page, a history and Middle Eastern studies double major from Salt Lake City, Utah, will use the Fulbright grant to improve her Arabic skills in Jordan and conduct research on the ways in which Jordanian history is taught. While at Dartmouth, Page participated in a foreign study program in Morocco, which she said shaped her desire to pursue a Fulbright in Jordan.

Alexia Huffman '05 and Krista Sande-Kerback '05 also received Fulbright Awards for study in Germany. For more information on their projects, see:

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Last Updated: 12/17/08