Gettysburg College students earn Fulbright grants, Goldwater scholarship

Five Gettysburg College students have received prestigious grants from the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program to learn, teach, and conduct research in nations around the world.

One Gettysburg College student received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Assistant Provost Maureen Forrestal mentors students throughout their four years on campus as they seek fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Gettysburg's success level is very high as a result of the College's strong emphasis on student-faculty research collaboration.

Fulbright awardees, who have established a blog, and their projects are:

CawleyBuilding on a summer research program on land-use in the Rocky Mountains and a semester abroad in Denmark, environmental studies and political science double-major Sara Cawley '11 plans to study at the University of Copenhagen's Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning. Her focus will be on the role of collaboration in the formation of the Danish National Park System.

Sara CawleyCawley was among undergraduate fellows of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute who traveled to a sustainability conference in New Zealand, where she presented research on development in the American West. "I want to play a role in helping communities at home and internationally find a way to manage their natural resources in a manner that is ecologically friendly and economically viable," she said.

In the photo above, Cawley is pictured near Engineer Mountain in southwestern Colorado during the environmental studies summer course of 2010 in the Rocky Mountains. Cawley received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for summer research. Photo by Jessica Lee '13.

RaverGracie Raver '11 feels drawn to the Thai education system's melding of traditional and modern teaching techniques. Her Fulbright grant will enable her to travel to Thailand, where she will work as an English teaching assistant. She plans to earn a doctorate in cultural anthropology with a concentration on Thai women's movements.

Raver, who majored in anthropology and Spanish linguistics, also focused on social justice while at Gettysburg College. For example, she received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant last summer to examine access to food in the local community and recommend solutions, and she made a presentation at an Amnesty International conference about maternal mortality in Peru, where she studied for a semester.

A major focus for Raver was her volunteer work teaching English to local migrant workers and serving as an after-school mentor for migrant workers' children. "In Thailand I plan to use teaching methods I have found effective in these classroom settings" such as music as a memorization aid," she said. Raver, a clarinetist who studied the Western classical tradition at Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music, also plans to learn to play Thai traditional instruments.

In the photo at left, Raver presents  "Food Insecurity in Adams County: The Pursuit of Community Based Solutions" at 2011's campus-wide undergraduate research colloquium.

Another Spanish linguistics major, Michael Hannum '11, will travel to Venezuela as an English teaching assistant. He too will build on his study-abroad experience and volunteer work as an English tutor and advocate for the Gettysburg area's migrant-worker community, including an internship in Gettysburg College's Heston Summer Experience program. Hannum, who spent a semester each in Spain and Argentina, desires a foreign-service career in the U.S. Department of State, said he hopes his experience in Venezuela will advance his knowledge of affairs in the region.

Anskar FosseAnskar Fosse ‘11, who majored in film studies and English, will teach English in Korea, hoping to learn more about the nation's film industry and gain footage for his own portfolio in preparation for applying to graduate school after his return to the United States. Fosse, an Eagle Scout, also hopes to volunteer with the Korea Scout Association.

Fosse, who spent a semester studying in England, also gained experience by managing event film and and editing for all productions of Gburg TV, the campus television station. As an undergraduate fellow of Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute for leadership and public policy, he presented research on Iranian cinema at a conference in New Zealand this year.

calynn dowlerCalynn Dowler '10 plans to earn a master's in migration studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, focusing on the socioeconomic integration of Bangladeshis in the UK and how it affects their engagement in the development of their homeland.

She previously volunteered as an English teacher and political science teaching assistant at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, traveled to Botswana and South Africa to interview officials and others about public health and development, and studied German in Heidelberg.

While double-majoring in German and political science, Dowler published or presented scholarly research ranging from an examination of global terrorism to German literary translation. At Gettysburg she was an undergraduate fellow of the Eisenhower Institute and a participant in its Inside Politics program. She also received a Mellon Foundation summer research grant, and was the inaugural editor of Accent, the College's journal for the languages. IN addition, she volunteered in the local homeless shelter and soup kitchen and as an English as a Second Language tutor.

In addition to the Fulbright grants, two Gettysburg College students received Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, which provide up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and have potential for significant future contributions in their field.

Brittany JonesEnvironmental studies (ES) major Brittany Jones '12 has conducted climate change research in Iceland with ES Prof. Sarah Principato, leading to presentations at regional and national Geological Society of America conferences. Jones, pictured at left in Iceland, also received a scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); this summer she will research fish migration at the NOAA's Seattle laboratory. Jones' Goldwater research project, with ES Prof. John Committo, will explore how biogenic structure built by seafloor mussel beds may affect geological and ecological processes in the Gulf of Maine.

Biology major Hannah Anthony ‘12, who earned a Goldwater honorable mention, hopes to earn an M.D./Ph.D. degree in immunology and infectious disease. She conducted genetic research relating to microbial pathogens and immune system responses in collaboration with biology Prof. Jennifer Powell and presented her work at a conference. She spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, associate director of editorial services, Office of Communications & Marketing

Posted: Tue, 5 Jul 2011

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