Fellowship Winners Headed Abroad to Study, Research, Teach


Dartmouth students and young alumni will be studying and working abroad in the coming year on fellowships awarded by the Fulbright Program and the Deutscher Akademischer Audtausch Dienst (DAAD) for study in Germany.

Supported by Fulbright and DAAD fellowships, Dartmouth graduates are headed to post-graduate research and teaching positions abroad. From left: Karl Schutz ’14, Jane Cavalier ’14, Gabriela Meade ’14, Charlotte Morris ’14, Abigail Bard ’14, Natalie Salmanowitz ’14, Elise Seyferth ’14, Tausif Noor ’14, Victor Hollenberg ’14, and Ben Jenkins ’14. Not pictured are: Saida Makhmudzade ’14, Krista Oehlke ’13, Cooper Thomas ’14, and Kim Waters ’11. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools in more than 155 countries.

DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service, a national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for American and Canadian students, faculty, researchers, and others in higher education.

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“These students’ motivations mesh well with the DAAD’s and the Fulbright program’s missions of cross-cultural exchange, says Kristin O’Rourke, assistant dean for scholarship advising. “These scholars and teaching assistants go abroad and learn from other cultures, and then bring back that knowledge to the U.S., enriching understanding all around.”

Many of them, she says, will be building on projects they began working on through research or other avenues during their undergraduate careers at Dartmouth.

This has been an outstanding season for Fulbrights at Dartmouth, O’Rourke says, with 13 winners in so far, the most in recent years. The Fulbright and DAAD winners, she notes, join other 2014 Dartmouth honorees for scholarship and fellowship programs, including the Rhodes, Beinecke, Carnegie, Goldwater, and Truman.

For more information on these and other programs, see Dartmouth’s National Scholarships/Fellowships website.

The following students have won Fulbright or DAAD fellowships:

Abigail Bard ’14Hometown: Chatham, N.J. Major: Linguistics; Japanese minor. What’s next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in South Korea

Jane Cavalier ’14Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. Major: Art history What’s next: Fulbright fellowship to conduct independent art history research in association with the Freie University in Berlin

Victor Hollenberg ’14Hometown: Westport, Conn. Major: History; Lusophone studies minor What’s next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Macau

Ben Jenkins ’14Hometown: Baltimore, Md. Major: English; French minor What’s next: English teaching assistantship (French Government ETA) at a high school in Lyon, France

Saida Makhmudzade ’14Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. Major: Government What’s next: DAAD fellowship supporting a research study comparing the Russian immigrant experience in Berlin to the Turkish one

Gabriela Meade ’14Hometown: Waterbury, Vt. Major: Cognitive science; human development and education and Hispanic studies minors What’s next: An inaugural Fulbright-Radboud scholarship, supporting a master’s in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The degree will involve conducting neuroimaging research focused on the bilingual lexicon, visual word processing, and memory.

Charlotte Morris ’14Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md. Majors: Psychological and brain sciences, and religion What’s Next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Malaysia

Tausif Noor ’14Hometown: North Babylon, N.Y. Major: Art history; government minor What’s next: Fulbright fellowship in India, working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and tribal craftspeople, producing a history of their traditions and working to ensure that their crafts are historicized and marketed equitably in urban craft fairs in Bangalore

Krista Oehlke ’13Hometown: Dallas Major: Comparative literature; concentrations in philosophy and Spanish What’s Next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Argentina

Natalie Salmanowitz ’14Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif. Major: Neuroscience; theater minor What’s Next: Fulbright research fellowship in Buenos Aires, studying the impact of Argentina’s psychoanalytic culture on neuroethical decisions about cognitive enhancement and mind-enhancing drugs

Karl Schutz ’14Hometown: Boise, Idaho Majors: History and East Asian studies What’s Next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Korea

Elise Seyferth ’14Hometown: Bennington, Vt. Major: Biological sciences; anthropology minor What’s next: Fulbright fellowship, studying chemical interactions between insects and plants at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany

Cooper Thomas ’14Hometown: Portland, Ore. Major: Geography; digital arts minor What’s Next: Fulbright research fellowship, studying cultural hybridization and urban development in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Kim Waters ’11Hometown: Elmont, N.Y. Major: History What’s Next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Brazil

Kelly Sundberg Seaman