Fifteen Alumni Traveling Abroad with Fulbright Scholarships


Fifteen undergraduate alumni were awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year and are traveling abroad through the U.S. Student Program:

  • Julie Bailey, ESIA BA ’11, is teaching English at Kendriya Vidyalya, a government school in Kolkata, India, until early April.
  • Rupita Chakraborty, ESIA BA ’11, is teaching at Samarinda Seberang, a private boarding school in Indonesia.
  • Sarah Conner, CCAS BS ’11, is an affiliate of Alexandria University in Egypt, where she will examine the role of fast-food in Egypt’s diet, nutritional awareness and obesity rates.
  • Amanda Eller, ESIA BA ’10, is working in Benin 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.
  • Leslie Jessen, ESIA BA ’10, is in Georgia, where she hopes to also intern Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies.
  • Carolyn Kerchof, ESIA BA ’10, is teaching in the German town of Bad Zwischenahn.
  • Daoyen Lei, ESIA BA ’11, is teaching in Germany at Carlo-Schmid-Oberschule in Berlin-Spandau.
  • Caitlin Loehr, CCAS BA ’10, is an affiliate of both African bureau of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters and the Union of Associative and Community Radio Broadcasters in Senegal and is researching how community radio may be used to promote the sustainable development in rural and poverty-stricken communities in Senegal.
  • Emma Morse, ESIA BA ’11, in collaboration with the Medical Women’s Association of Tanzania and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, is carrying out research in Tanzania that examines breast cancer awareness and prevention strategies among women in urban and rural communities.
  • Betsy Myers, ESIA BA ’11, is an affiliate of Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, where her research will center on Jordan’s blossoming nuclear energy program and its regional and domestic impacts.
  • Victoria Roman, ESIA BA ’11, is teaching English as a second language in Tajikistan under the auspices of Khujand Commercial University. She also is starting an after-school 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.
  • Cascade Tuholske, CCAS BA ’10, is teaching English in Sliven, Bulgaria, at the university level. In addition, Mr. Tuholske is engaging in independent research focusing on civic engagement programs in the area.
  • Sarah Tynen, ESIA BA ’11, is an affiliate of Nanjing University in China, where she plans to examine the impact of urban renewal on the preservation of tradition and cultural identity.
  • Kristen Van Nest, ESIA BA ’10, is an affiliate of the University of Luxembourg, where 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, ESIA BA ’10, is 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.

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 U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, LAW LLB ’34, 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.

Read more in the full press release.

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