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Nine Vassar students win 2008 Fulbright Fellowships

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Nine recent Vassar graduates were awarded Fulbright scholarships for research, graduate study, or English teaching assistantships abroad this year. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and was established in 1946 by Congress to promote international understanding. Once again Vassar College students number among the top recipients of Fulbright Fellowship awards to individual liberal arts colleges.

  • Emma Woelk (Austin, TX), who graduated with a degree in German studies in 2008, is the only former student who received a Fulbright research grant. Woelk will be based in Germany, and will examine the different ways in which the disabled were accommodated in East and West Germany.

Four students received grants for English teaching assistantships abroad:

  • Anna Volk (Oberlin, OH), a 2008 graduate who majored in psychology, was awarded a teaching assistantship to Colombia, where she will supplement her teaching with volunteer work at a battered women’s shelter.
  • Lucy Robins (New York, NY), who graduated with a biology degree in 2008, will teach science at a secondary school in Chile.
  • Tracey Blasenheim (Averill Park, NY), who majored in political science and graduated from Vassar in 2008, will teach in Turkey, while also researching the impacts of the Battle of Gallipoli on Turkish international relations.
  • Erin Bergevin (Marcellus, NY), a 2008 graduate who majored in psychology, will teach in Germany, while working on an internet-based language program.

Fulbright scholarships for study abroad were given to four graduates who will attend universities across three continents:

  • Frederick Deknatel (Brookline, MA), a 2008 graduate who majored in history, will study Arabic at the University of Damascus.
  • Jacob Rivkin (Baltimore, MD), who graduated with an art degree in 2007, will study Chinese landscape art at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
  • Morgan Warners (Milton, MA), a 2008 graduate who majored in political science, will pursue a masters degree in American studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
  • Marguerite O’Haire (Atlanta, GA), who holds a psychology degree and graduated from Vassar in 2008, will study the effects of animal-assisted therapy on children with autism at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Vassar’s Office for Fellowships supports as many as 35 students each year in their applications for Fulbright grants to research, study, or teach abroad.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 24, 2008