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Sixteen Fulbright Grants Awarded

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September 27, 2005

Sixteen Northwestern graduates and graduate students have been awarded Fulbright grants this year.

In the next few months they will begin study and research in fields ranging from journalism to materials science to music performance in 15 countries on four continents.

This year’s winners represent a third of roughly 50 Fulbright applicants from Northwestern -- a rate of success better than the national average. Typically, about 20 percent of U.S. applicants are awarded Fulbright grants; last year, 5,672 students applied for 1,140 awards.  Fifty-six Northwestern graduates have won Fulbright awards in the last four years.

The awardees include:

• Raphael Bartholomew, a 2004 Medill School of Journalism graduate who designed a research project that aims to investigate the link between basketball and Philippine identity and culture. His research at Ateneo de Manila University will culminate in a work of long-format journalism on the basketball in the Philippines. His Northwestern Fulbright mentor was Richard Gaber, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology.

• Jaclyn Sumner, a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 2005 graduate, will travel to Mexico City and Veracruz, Mexico, to investigate how indigenous peasants in the rural village of Astacinga rigorously campaigned and fought for land after the Revolution. Her Fulbright project builds on research she conducted in Mexico during the summer of 2004 with the help of a Northwestern Undergraduate Research Grant, and on her prize-winning History honors thesis. Patrick Garlinger, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, advised Sumner on her application.

• Kathryn DeLuna, a doctoral candidate in the department of history, will spend the year in Zambia and Botswana to reconstruct the ancient history of people whose descendants now speak Botatwe languages in Central Africa. She will draw on historical linguistics, comparative ethnography, paleoclimatology, and archaeology to investigate the contributions of fishers, hunters and forager-specialists to the social and political lives of Botatwe farming communities over the course of three millennia of Central African history. Her mentor was William Reno, associate professor of political science. (DeLuna also won a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award, as did Anh Ly, a graduate student in comparative literature who is spending the year in Mali. The Fulbright-Hays award funds graduate research in the social sciences and humanities in non-European countries.)

• Tony Lin, a 2005 graduate of the School of Music and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, who majored in piano, psychology, and Slavic languages and literatures, will conduct research on the experience of ethnic minorities in Poland, a country that has until recently had almost no immigrant population. An immigrant from Taiwan, he learned English as a teenager and became fluent in Polish during his time at Northwestern. John Paluch, lecturer in German, mentored Lin.

Other Fulbright award winners and their year of graduation, include:

Jane Andrews (Tanzania), Political Science, African Studies (2005)

Anna Jozwik (Poland), Social Policy (2005)

Clara Kimmet (Mali), Anthropology, Ethnomusicology (2004)

Jennifer Manne (South Korea), American Studies, Asian Studies (2005)

Andrew Schmidt (Estonia), Music Education and Composition (2005)

Kavitha Sivashanker (Japan), Sociology, International Studies (2005)

James Smith (Germany), Music, Political Science (2005)

Maureen Towey (South Africa), Theater (2002)

Jeremy Weissmann (Netherlands), Mathematics, Music Composition, Linguistics (2004)

Tiffany Ziebell (France), Materials Sciences and Engineering (2005)

Graduate students awarded Fulbrights to foreign countries are:

Brian Maxson (Italy), History

Lisa Price (Uruguay), Education and Social Policy

The Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged more than a quarter of a million people – 100,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 166,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. The program operates in more than 150 countries.