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Northwestern a Leader in Fulbright Recipients

Students will study in Mozambique, Colombia, Kenya, India and elsewhere

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October 28, 2013 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the eighth year in a row, Northwestern University is a top 10 producer of U.S. Fulbright grant recipients among the nation’s research institutions, according to a ranking published in the Oct. 28 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Twenty-three Northwestern seniors, graduate students and recent alumni have been awarded the prestigious 2013-2014 scholarships from the flagship U.S. government-sponsored program that funds international research exchange. An additional candidate was selected but declined in order to accept two other awards.

Northwestern’s Fulbright winners -- who represent nearly all of Northwestern’s undergraduate schools -- come from disciplines that range from theatre to integrated marketing communications, ethnomusicology to anthropology and creative writing to international relations. They will tackle projects in South Korea, Peru, Mozambique, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Spain, Japan and other nations.

Northwestern students and recent alumni submitted a total of 106 applications, according to Office of Fellowships director Sara Anson Vaux. Her office assumed responsibility for the Fulbright competition at Northwestern nine years ago.

According to Vaux, Northwestern’s success results from the breadth and depth of its academic offerings and the opportunities students are afforded to immerse themselves in the wider world. The University ranked sixth in 2013-2014 in Fulbright students among research institutions.

“Once again, Northwestern students will fan out across the globe to bring their knowledge, energy and dedication to everything from art to engineering and English teaching to public service,” said Stephen Hill, associate director of the Office of Fellowships.

Among the winners and their projects:

Molly Barstow will investigate whether refugees successfully integrate into Moroccan society, with a special look at the integration of Sub-Saharan refugees in a particular neighborhood in Rabat.

Chelsea Glenn, a former economics major now in Mexico, studies the effects of Walmart’s new banking services on that nation’s poor.

Former theatre major Sarah Rose Graber, winner of a Circumnavigators grant that in 2009 took her around the world, secured a rare Fulbright to the United Kingdom, where she will study “devised theatre” in four UK locations.

Benjamin Shorofsky, who holds a master’s in global and ecological health engineering and a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering, will test the effectiveness of subsurface contrasted wetlands as a solution in treating textile effluents in Rajasthan, India.

Elizabeth Przybylski studies the use of hip hop music to articulate social concerns by Aboriginal Canadians. She previously worked in an NGO (non-governmental agency) in Cameroon and has researched hip hop in Marseilles, France.

Ian Rinehart, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, will explore Germany’s transition to renewable energy by conducting a micro-study of its implementation in the city of Hamburg.

Payson Croy, a doctoral student in history who earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, will travel to the Czech Republic to investigate the lived experience of Germans who remained in the Czech Republic after post-World War II expulsions.

Theatre doctoral student Tara Rodman, fluent in Japanese and French, will travel to Japan to question modernism as a purely Western movement by exploring the influence of Japanese actors and dancers in the 1920s and 1930s on Western artists.

Brian Oberlander, a doctoral student in musicology, will travel to Spain to explore how flamenco arabe music reimagines regional and national identities in Andalusia.

The complete list of Northwestern 2013-2014 Fulbright recipients follows:

Sarah Graber, United Kingdom, theatre arts and acting; Patrick Pijls, Argentina, English teaching; Priyanka Bose, United Kingdom, communications; Jack Davis, Mozambique, sociology; Ian Rinehart, Germany, political science; Mia Warren, Peru, creative writing; Anamika Dwivedi, India, English teaching; Molly Barstow, Morocco, interdisciplinary studies; Jinsoo Chung, South Korea, economics; Matthew Doerfler, Malaysia, English teaching; Aria Fiat, France, English teaching; Chelsea Glenn, Mexico, economic development; Vasiliki Mitrakos, Greece, political science; Christine Prorok, Germany, English teaching; Harika Rayala, India, anthropology;  Michael Scheufele, Kenya, English teaching; Benjamin Shorofsky, India, engineering; Payson Croy, Czech Republic, history; Jennifer Drummond, Spain, environmental studies; Brian Oberlander, Spain, musicology; Elizabeth Przybylski, Canada, ethnomusicology; Tara Rodman, Japan, theatre studies; Ari Shaw, Colombia, international relations.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has given more than 300,000 students, scholars, teachers and artists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns since it was founded in 1946. 

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