Alumna, Five Seniors Awarded Fulbrights

Story posted May 26, 2009

Five seniors and an alumna have earned Fulbright Fellowships, which provide funding for study or teaching abroad for one year to promote cross-cultural interaction and increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Jessica Lian '09

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Lian's Fulbright will take her to the Hong Kong Institute of Education, a public university-level institution, where she will teach English for approximately 20 hours per week.

She also plans to organize an event for American university students and Hong Kong students to encourage cross-cultural exchange through meaningful discussions. Upon returning from Hong Kong, Jessica hopes to earn a master's degree.

Jimmy Lindsay '09

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Lindsay will spend the 2009-10 academic year at Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology, where he will enroll in the Sustainable Energy Engineering master's program and pursue his research interest, the integration of renewable micro-generators into a distributed power grid.

As an avid wind surfer, Lindsay says he's eager to join a local club and sail Sweden's Eastern Baltic and West Coasts.

Kerry Persen '09

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Persen will spend nine months teaching English to high school students in Jepara, Indonesia. She says she's excited to learn about Islam, the country's economic and political development, and how to speak Bahasa Indonesia.

Persen plans to travel throughout the archipelago to experience broadly the culture and maybe even learn scuba diving.

Charles Stern '09

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Since coming to Bowdoin, Stern has developed strong Chinese language skills and is currently completing an honors project in Asian Studies.

These experiences have prepared him well for his yearlong Fulbright experience of full-time graduate study focused on Daoist history and philosophy at Sichaun University's Institute of Religious Studies. Upon returning to the U.S., he plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Chinese history.

Theresa Weaver '09

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Building on her experiences of tutoring at Bowdoin and teaching English in Korea, Weaver will teach American studies and English to German high school students.

In addition, she hopes to write for a local or school newspaper and possibly start an international club at her host school. After completing her Fulbright, Weaver plans to earn a Ph.D. in German studies.

Kathryn Yankura '08

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Yankura plans to teach American studies and English to German high school students, an experience that supports her long-term goals of earning a Ph.D. in German Studies and teaching German language, literature, and film at the college level.

Kathryn is eager to immerse herself fully in the German culture and plans to take classes at local university, volunteer, and join a local swimming pool.

Additionally, Catherine Jäger '09 has been awarded an Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship in English, under the auspices of the Austrian–American Fulbright Commission.

About Fulbright

The Fulbright program was created in 1946 through the efforts of Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright and sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Operating worldwide, the Fulbright Program provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools abroad.

Proposals were evaluated based upon the extent to which the candidates and the project might help advance the program's aim.

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