2013-2014 Recipients

Past recipients by year: 13-14 | 12-13 | 11-1210-1109-1008-09 | 07-08

Boren Fellowship St. Andrews Society Fellowship
Davis Projects for Peace Princeton in Asia
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship  Truman Scholarship
Fulbright Study/Research Grant
Udall Scholarship
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award         Watson Fellowship
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


evan bulman Evan Bulman '16
An Economics major, Evan has received $20,000 to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan for one year. He has been studying Arabic since his first year at Bowdoin. Evan plans to use the upcoming year not only to improve his Arabic and knowledge of Jordanian culture, but also to develop an understanding of the complex politics of language as they relate to perceptions of the United States. Evan worked as a U.S. Senate page in high school and will be interning for the State department this summer. Last summer, he received a Global Citizens Grant to volunteer at a medical clinic in Sierra Leone.

Davis Projects for Peace

lonnie hackett Lonnie Hackett '14
While a sophomore at Bowdoin, Lonnie founded Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, a non-profit dedicated to bringing medical services and health education to children in Lusaka, Zambia. The Davis Projects for Peace grant will help Lonnie further the reach of his healthcare organization. Recipient of a Truman Scholarship, Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and Global Health Corps Fellowship, Lonnie plans to attend medical school and work on global health policy.

Fulbright ETA

mollie friedlander Mollie Friedlander '14
After graduating with degrees in neuroscience and Spanish, Mollie will head to Madrid, Spain as an English Teaching Assistant. There she will draw upon her experiences teaching Spanish, chemistry, and dance to a wide range of students, as well as the Spanish language skills she honed while studying abroad in Argentina. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in Madrid, Mollie plans to volunteer with a healthcare organization. Upon completing her Fulbright experience, she plans to attend medical school.
yoni held

Yoni Held '14
Yoni’s long-term goal of addressing global climate change at the policy level was the driving factor behind his decision to apply to Bangladesh. In addition to teaching English to his Bangladeshi students, Yoni plans to carry out place-based education projects and small-scale sustainability projects. During his Fulbright year, Yoni will draw upon his experiences as a summer camp counselor, Hebrew language instructor for young students, Residential Life proctor, and coordinated of Sustainable Bowdoin's zero-waste program.

sam king Sam King '14
Sam studied in Sri Lanka through the ISLE program during his junior year and is eager to return as an English Teaching Assistant. Sam has previously taught English to non-English speakers, served as a tennis instructor for years, and was a Residential Life proctor. In Sri Lanka, Sam plans to join a cricket league to meet and connect with local people and is considering a career in education upon his return to the U.S.
duncan taylor John “Duncan” Taylor '14
At Bowdoin, Duncan pursued a double major in Spanish and economics and was co-captain of the baseball team. Duncan opted to apply to Panama because of its strong economic ties to the U.S. as well as the country’s love of baseball. His extensive experience working with youth as well as his service on the Judicial Board, Peer Health, and Alcohol Safety Team positioned him to be a competitive Fulbright candidate. While in Panama, Duncan plans to open a baseball camp for children alongside his teaching duties.

Fulbright Study/Research

megan massa Megan Massa '14
A neuroscience and English double major, Megan has extensive research experience at Bowdoin and New York University's Langone Medical Center. Building on this training, Megan will undertake research related to multiple sclerosis (MS) at the Rurh-Universitat Bochum during her Fulbright year. Megan is also excited to enroll in German language classes and explore a personal curiosity -- how German youth look at and deal with their country's past as they shape its future. Upon returning to the U.S. Megan plans to pursue a M.D./Ph.D.
Dechan Dalrymple Viola Rothschild '14
Viola majored in government and legal studies and Asian studies and spent a semester in Beijing perfecting her language ability. While at Bowdoin, she wrote for the Globalist, was a Global Ambassador, and volunteered at the Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine. Viola will spend her Fulbright year in China’s Zhejiang province researching Sino-African relations. More specifically, she will examine the response of the local governments of the cities of Yiwu and Guangzhou to growing numbers of African immigrants. Her long-term plan includes pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


Lonnie Hackett '14
While a sophomore at Bowdoin, Lonnie founded Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, a non-profit dedicated to bringing medical services and health education to children in Lusaka, Zambia. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award will help Lonnie further the reach of his healthcare organization. Recipient of a Truman Scholarship, Davis Projects for Peace grant, and Global Health Corps Fellowship, Lonnie plans to attend medical school and work on global health policy.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

lashaye La'Shaye Ervin '13
While at Bowdoin, La'Shaye majored in biology and Africana studies and minored in English. During this time, she was able to do research during two summers and complete an honors project. After serving as a laboratory technician at the University of Utah for a year after college, she joined their Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology in the Fall of 2013. La'Shaye studies urban trees as a means to better understand anthropocentric affects on biogeochemical cycles. Her ultimate goal is to become a professor of biology.
lizzie mamantov Lizzie Mamantov '13
As a computer science major and math minor at Bowdoin, Lizzie devoted much of her time to the college's RoboCup robotic soccer team. Although she had never studied computer science before coming to Bowdoin, the introductory class piqued her interest, and by sophomore year she was involved in a three-year-long research project focused on cognitive localization for RoboCup soccer that was supported by a Clare Boothe Luce fellowship. Her senior honors thesis resulted from this research, and she has continued working in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Michigan, where she is currently pursuing a PhD. This fellowship will support the next three years of her research on applying cognitive architecture to robotic systems.
claire williams Claire Williams '10
While at Bowdoin, Claire was a neuroscience major, with a minor in Spanish, and completed an honors project exploring neuronal regeneration in the Horch lab. After graduating, she volunteered as a teaching assistant in Chile, then returned to science as a research assistant at a Boston Children’s Hospital lab. There, she researched neuronal development in nematodes. Now a Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program at the University of Washington, she will study determinants of neuronal morphology in fruit flies over the course of her NSF fellowship.

Princeton in Asia

evan gerskovich Evan Gershkovich'14
Evan graduated with a major in philosophy and a minor in english. During his time at Bowdoin, he traveled in South America and Southeast Asia, and completed a year-long independent study on environmental ethics. He is excited to be returning to Asia, where he will be living in Bangkok, Thailand and working for RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests, a non-profit specializing in capacity development for community forestry management. Evan believes that storytelling will be essential for the future of environmentalism, and hopes to begin a career in journalism while in Thailand and after his fellowship year is over.

St. Andrews Society

sam burnim Sam Burnim '14
Bowdoin’s first recipient of the St. Andrew’s Scholarship, Sam will use this award to pursue a master’s in health systems and public policy at the University of Edinburgh. Sam’s interest in models of healthcare for patients with mental health disabilities began in high school when he served as a personal care assistant for a child with cognitive disabilities. At Bowdoin, Sam majored in biochemistry and, among many other activities, led Bear Buddies, a volunteer program that mentors children with cognitive challenges, while serving as a McKeen Fellow at the Center for the Common Good. Upon completing his master’s, Sam intends to attend medical school and become a pediatric psychiatrist.

Truman Scholarship

hannah sherman Hannah Sherman '15
A government and legal studies and Spanish major, Hannah is committed to empowering women in Latin America through microfinance. A variety of past experiences led her to this focus, most notably spending the summer and fall of 2013 in Guatemala volunteering at EDELAC, an organization that runs a primary school and home for motivated students living in extreme poverty, where she taught and helped to strengthen the organization’s infrastructure. Supported by her Truman Scholarship, Hannah intends to pursue an MBA and an MA in international studies.

Watson Fellowship

rodrigo bijou Rodrigo Bijou '14
Rodrigo’s interest in how privacy and security are digitally manifested began in middle school and led to his recent work for government and corporate institutions to protect critical infrastructure. During his Watson year, Rodrigo aims to debunk the criminal stereotype by exploring how hackers are working to minimize risks by creating new tools to increase online safety and constructing permanent 'hackerspaces' to support the next generation of digital innovators. He will travel to Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia and hopes to return having contributed to projects and groups working to restore trust in technology.
marecki Alex Marecki '14
Growing up in a Ukrainian household in Connecticut, Alex says it was often difficult to navigate the differences between his home and school. Soccer, however, helped him build cultural bridges and confidence, as well as gain admission to top schools in New England. Although multiple injuries cut short his Bowdoin soccer career, Alex maintained deep ties with the sport by coaching at summer soccer camps. During his Watson year, Alex will travel to Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, Ghana, Scotland and Ukraine to explore how soccer can affect one’s psychology, working with local soccer youth development organizations.

Udall Scholarship

margaret lindeman Margaret Lindeman '15
An earth and oceanographic science and mathematics double major, Margaret has received numerous academic honors from Bowdoin and beyond. Margaret is particularly interested in climate change science and, through her leadership positions with Green Bowdoin Alliance and Climate Awareness Movement Group, she is already working to educate the Bowdoin community. Margaret believes that all strategies and policies to address sea level rise must be based on reliable scientific data, and the Udall Scholarship recognizes her potential to be a leader in the environmental field. Margaret plans to pursue a Ph.D. and enter academia.