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U of M announces Fulbright student scholars for 2011-12 school year

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Eight University of Minnesota students (four graduate and four undergraduate) have been awarded Fulbright and Fulbright-affiliated grants for 2011-12 to pursue graduate study, research or English teaching in a foreign country beginning next year. Four of the awards were made to recent graduates. One of the recipients opted to accept a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The graduate student recipients are:

Nicholas Anthony Fisichelli, a doctoral student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, received a Fulbright Grant to Germany. He will research the impact of climate change on forests, specifically whether temperate hardwood forests of maple and oak are expanding at the expense of the boreal conifer forests as the climate warms. Fisichelli graduated with a bachelor's degree in resource ecology and management from the University of Michigan in 1997.

Kristin Elizabeth Garland, who completed her master's degree in kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development this year, is the 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School’s Fulbright Scholarship Exchange Program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Working directly with the Olympiatoppen, an organization responsible for training elite Norwegian athletes, she will assess the differences between college-based (sports-studies programs) and club-based (performance focused) training programs on the performance and life of athletes. Garland graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in communication studies in 2006.

Melissa Rose Heer, a doctoral student in art history in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), received a Fulbright Grant to India. For her dissertation, she will look at the use of photographic reenactment across a group of contemporary Indian artists. Heer received her bachelor's in art history from St. Catherine University in 2004 and a master's in art history from the University of Minnesota in 2008.

Emily Claire Bruce, a doctoral student in history in CLA, will study in Germany with support of a DAAD scholarship. She will spend the 2011-12 year visiting archives related to her dissertation, which examines the influences of children’s books on children in Germany between 1770 and 1850. Bruce received a bachelor's in history from Williams College in 2007. Bruce was awarded a Fulbright Grant but declined it to accept the DAAD scholarship.

The undergraduate student recipients, three of whom participated in the University Honors Program, are:

Caroline Abadeer, a 2011 CLA summa cum laude graduate with distinction in global studies and political science, with a minor in French studies, received a Fulbright Grant to Morocco. She will study the evolution of the position of the Islamist Justice and Development Party as Morocco’s 2012 elections approach and will enroll in courses at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Rabat.

Martin Chorzempa, a 2011 Carlson School of Management summa cum laude candidate in finance and international business majors, received a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. He will pursue a master's in international relations at Freie Universität Berlin.

Eleanor McLean-Browne, a December 2010 CLA summa cum laude graduate with high distinction in Spanish studies, with a minor in English as a second language (ESL), received the Fulbright program’s Ecuador English Teaching Assistantship. She will be placed at an Ecuadorian university, where she will assist in the training of future ESL teachers.

Peter Schmitt, a 2011 graduate with bachelor's degrees in German studies from CLA and environmental sciences, policy and management from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will teach English at a secondary school in Innsbruck, Austria, with support of a U.S. Teaching Assistantship. This Fulbright-affiliated program is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

The Fulbright and DAAD competitions for students are administered at the University of Minnesota through the Graduate School and the Office for National Scholarships in the University Honors Program.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 300,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, and cultural institutions; exchange ideas; and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as on demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is Germany’s national agency for support of international academic cooperation. It provides about 65,000 fellowships a year and is the largest grantor of international academic mobility in the world. The DAAD enables young academics from around the world to become leaders in science, culture, economics, and politics.

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