Four Seniors Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Story posted May 19, 2011

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Four seniors have earned Fulbright Scholarships, 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.

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Will Cogswell '11

Will Cogswell '11Colombia

An English major and teaching minor, Cogswell will act as a teaching assistant to Colombian university students seeking their licensure to teach English in Colombian primary and secondary schools.

He also plans to volunteer at a community radio station. Upon returning from Colombia, Cogswell intends to complete his teacher's certification and go on to teach high school English.

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Chester Eng '11

Chester Eng '11Germany

An English and German double major, Eng will serve as an English teaching assistant in a German middle or high school.

He also hopes to share his interest in sports and film by introducing football and ultimate frisbee, and by starting a film club. Eng’s long-term plans include graduate work in German studies and teaching at the college level.

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Ellen Kimball '11

Ellen Kimball '11Germany

A German and history double major with a minor in Latin American studies, Kimball is thrilled to return to Berlin after studying abroad there. She will draw upon her experience as a teaching assistant and tutor at Bowdoin to teach English to German high school students.

Kimball also hopes to establish a letter or email exchange program between students in her German classes and her own high school in the U.S.

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Sara Powers '11France

A neuroscience and French double major, Powers will expand upon her research experiences at Bowdoin by conducting independent neuroscience research at the University of Rennes. Her work will examine the role estrogen plays in adult neurogenesis in zebrafish.

Outside of the lab, Powers will take courses at the university in molecular biology and volunteer at a local hospital. Powers plans to attend medical school upon her return.

Additionally, Julia Littlefield '11 and Kara Wilson '11 have been awarded Austrian Government Teaching Assistantships, under the auspices of the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission.

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(L. to r.) Julia Littlefield '11, Kara Wilson '11, Lauren Withey '06.

Littlefield has been selected as an English Teaching Assistant in Graz. During her nine-month appointment, Littlefield will draw upon her experience as a TA for Bowdoin’s German department as she works with students at an area high school and technical school, teaching and tutoring English and American culture.

With a double major in German and art history and a minor in Italian, Wilson has been selected as an English Teaching Assistant in southern Austria. She will teach English and American culture to Austrian students in two schools within the small town of Völkermarkt.

Lauren Withey '06 has been named an alternate for a Fulbright Study/Research grant to Colombia.

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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