Alumni and faculty teach and conduct research as Fulbright Scholars around the world

Use the interactive map below to learn more about the last ten years of Fulbright scholarships connected to Gettysburg College.

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Amanda Pellowe ’12 remembers exactly how she felt earlier this year when she learned that she earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway, focusing on the role of nanoparticles in allergic responses to titanium, a metal used in artificial joints.

“My favorite memory is the moment I found out that I got the Fulbright. I was overwhelmed with feelings of relief, excitement, pride, and nervousness. I had a hard time focusing for the rest of the day,” Pellowe said.

Pellowe, who was a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Gettysburg College, is working at the Haukeland University Hospital in the biomaterials lab, which is affiliated with the University of Bergen. Her research, “orthopedic implant induced immune responses,” means that Pellowe studies the immune reactions caused by metallic wear debris from orthopedic implants.

Amanda Pellowe“The short term goal is to help develop a more accurate way to test titanium sensitivity, and the long term goal is to develop an understanding of how these allergic reactions occur,” Pellowe said. While working with researchers at the University of Bergen, she is also taking classes.

Though a member of the most recent class of Fulbright Scholars at Gettysburg College, Pellowe joins a long line of students who have earned the scholarship, allowing them to begin studying shortly after graduation. Faculty members can also apply to the Fulbright Program and many from Gettysburg College have received a Fulbright, greatly enhancing their scholarship and teaching.

The interactive map above marks the last ten years of Fulbright Scholars associated with Gettysburg College in the countries where they have studied, beginning with 2002. View photos from past Fulbright scholars on Flickr.

History Prof. Bill Bowman is one of those from the Fulbright class of 2002. His Fulbright sponsored a stay at the research institution Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna, Austria.

“While there, I was a Fellow working alongside scholars from many different nations and representing several different disciplines. Our primary purpose was to conduct our own research, but we also had to make occasional formal and informal presentations, and we attended a wide range of academic talks and conferences sponsored by the IFK. I conducted research on the history of medicine in 19th- and 20th-century Austria, which formed the basis for two scholarly articles that I later published,” Bowman said.

Fulbright scholarships are prestigious grants from the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program, which support research, learning, and teaching in more than 155 countries worldwide. In 2010 and 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Gettysburg College a top producer of students who receive grants from the Fulbright Program.

Bowman had the opportunity to pay the Fulbright experience forward when he worked with Marc Fialkoff ’10 on his application as a student.

Fialkoff, who majored in political science, received one of the new United Kingdom Partnership Awards to select institutions within the U.K. He also received the Fulbright/Leeds Award - the only one offered to Leeds University by Fulbright in 2010. This program brings together the Institute for Transport Studies and the Sustainability Research Institute facilitating Fialkoff's study of the relationship between transport policy and the environment.

“The experience was amazing – studying in England and traveling around the country conducting my research at British ports was great. My Fulbright year was a once in a lifetime experience, which I could not have done without Gettysburg College,” Fialkoff said. Fialkoff is currently attending Roger Williams School of Law in Bristol, R.I., which offers a specialization in maritime law.

Austria Wilson FulbrightEnvironmental Studies Prof. Randy Wilson, who received a Fulbright in 2011 to study in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna in Austria, summed up the experience echoed by many Fulbrighters.

“To gain meaningful insights into another culture, there is absolutely no substitution for living in another country for an extended period of time. A Fulbright Fellowship is one of those rare opportunities for a faculty member to gain such an experience,” Wilson said.

Wilson found that his research on national forest management and rural development in the Rocky Mountain West connected clearly with Austrian scholars who are working on similar themes in the Alps. He says it led to new insights and future collaborations that have greatly enriched his research.

And while Pellowe has several more months researching allergic responses to titanium and much more in Norway, she has already discovered a tangible point of impact that Fulbright will have on her future.

“I am applying for Ph.D. programs in the United States, and it’s such a great feeling to be able to check the Fulbright Program box on my applications. A few schools have already contacted me, saying that they would hate to miss out on an application from a Fulbright. This is just one example of how the Fulbright scholarship opens up opportunities for participants. But, what I value most, are the cultural and academic experiences I’m gaining, and the network of intelligent people that I work with,” Pellowe said.

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2012


Gettysburg College asked for Fulbright scholars to share their strongest memory and reflections on the experience and its impact.

From: Michael Hannum '11, Fulbright ETA, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém do Pará, Brasil

I am a Gettysburg College Fulbright Scholarship recipient and have a 9 month English Teaching Assistantship grant in Belém, Brazil that ends on Nov. 30th. I work at the Federal University of Pará state in the north of the country.

I would say one of the strongest memories I have is of taking a hike in a nearby national park with a large group of my students early in the grant. It was gratifying to know how content they were having an ETA from the United States in their school. For many of them I was the first native speaker of English they had ever met, despite their years of English study. We had such an amazing cultural exchange on that hike through part of the Amazon jungle. There was a lot of conversation in both English and Portuguese comparing Brazilian and American public park systems and the importance of environmental awareness on a local and international level. There was also a bit of culture shock for me when they decided to repel down an incline without any safety equipment! It was an amazing opportunity to get to know my students outside of the classroom. That is what Fulbright is all about, after all! Hands-on cultural exchange is something that is strongly encouraged by the Fulbright program. Since that trek, I've tried to do as many outings as possible with my students, and it has been quite rewarding.

It's hard to project how this experience will affect me long-term. I would say that it's impossible to say for sure. I am certain, though, that I am a more open-minded and well-rounded person because of Fulbright. Any opportunity to go abroad can help to broaden one's perspectives. Yet, with Fulbright, I was awarded the opportunity to engage intimately with my abroad community over an extended period, not just to be a passing tourist or temporary resident. Gettysburg taught me the importance of community involvement, and Fulbright provided yet another chance to carry out that lesson. I feel that I am permanently linked to this city, that Belém is another home for me now. And I am so grateful to have been able to help in whatever way I could to improve my students' English abilities. This university program prepares EFL teachers, so as my coordinator is fond of telling me, "Every one of your students will go on to teach thousands of students of their own. Imagine the impact you're having."

From: Sara Cawley '11, Fulbright Scholar in Denmark

There’s a quote that one of my flatmates would always say to me toward the end of my Fulbright period that I found to be true – “This hasn’t been a year in our lives, but a life in a year.” Therefore, looking back at my time in Copenhagen, it is impossible for me to choose one memory that stands out above all others. But the following are a few that I consider especially wonderful: Conducting my first Fulbright interview with the chief forest officer of northern Denmark. Seeing the Northern lights. Swimming in the Arctic Ocean. Sitting at the Royal Danish Ballet only one level above Queen Margrethe. Practicing Danish words and sharing favorite recipes in the kitchen with my flatmates.Hosting weekly apartment dinners full of laughter and discussion with friends from literally every corner of the globe. 

From an academic perspective, my time in Copenhagen strongly reinforced my desire to pursue a masters degree in environmental management. I want to explore ways to bridge what I see as a growing disconnect between people and their natural surroundings. My Fulbright research and classes at the University of Copenhagen have provided me with many interesting approaches and perspectives on this topic – whether through group debates in lecture, or braving the rainy Danish weather while slogging through a national park pilot site!

From: Jennifer Lech '10, Fulbright ETA in Portugal

I arrived in Porto, Portugal in October 2010 and I actually never left, and I will remain here until at least July 2013. I came here under a Fulbright grant to be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) for the department of Psychology and Education Science at the University of Porto. My responsibilities included providing English lessons to students and professors, and proofreading and editing academic texts and scientific articles to be published in English by the University. Following my Fulbright Fellowship, the University of Porto offered me a position for an additional year, to continue my work as a paper editor. I jumped at the opportunity to further enrich my experience of working and living abroad. I then enrolled in the Master's program in Social, Organizational and Work Psychology at the University. Completing graduate work aboard and in a foreign language has been an equally challenging and rewarding experience. I am now in my second year of the master's program, and beginning my internship at an agency involved in organizational development, marketing, and publicity. Next semester I will conduct original research and write my thesis, to be presented in July, after which I plan to return to the USA to work. In the end, my 9-month ETA grant turned into 3 years in Porto, which has completely transformed my future plans and outlook on life. I will return to the USA with the graduate degree I always wanted, knowledge of another language and understanding of another culture, relationships with people from many different countries, a greater awareness of the world around me, a different perspective on life and a stronger sense of who I am.

From: Archana Patel '03, Fulbright scholar in India

The picture entitled Dandi Yatra is known commonly as the Salt March, it was a 23 day, 240 mile march in Gujarat, wherein Gandhi, in accordance with his non-violent principles, marched to a salt mine in Gujarat to protest the British practice of mining salt in India, then taking to the UK to refine it, and then export it back to India and charge a tax for it. On the 75th anniversary of the march, people all around India gathered in Gujarat to follow his exact path, stopping and sleeping where Gandhi did and just basking in the glory of India. Coincidentally, the march happened while I was on my Fulbright and I participated in it. The second picture is where people carried flags that Gandhi created for India (the wheel in the middle symbolizing self-reliance (ie spinning your own cotton to make clothing instead of relying on imports)). 

The Dandi Yatra is the most significant event I have participated in to date. The energy of the people that came from across the world to reflect on Gandhi's principles and to literally follow in his footsteps was energizing. I have always felt a connection to India since I was born there, but to go through a part of what the freedom fighters went through to make India free in 1947 was an experience that has defined my life. India is a new democracy and the struggles of the people that freed it are not too far off in history, for me to be able to participate in the Yatra and meet amazing people from around the world has solidified my interest in working towards India's development.  My Fulbright experience has directed my life in a way that I did not think was possible. Yes, I did attend law school and yes, I did become a corporate attorney, but just last year I went back to India as a W.J. Clinton Fellow and worked in Mumbai for the Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.  India will be an inextricable part of my life, and being a Fulbright Scholar made me realize that. The Fulbright program has shown me what my passion is and I will spend my life pursuing it. 

The last picture is of women in a village in Gujarat picking through their crop of cotton. These women live in a town that is headed by a woman, and I interviewed her as a part of my Fulbright research.  The research showed me that India has a lot of progress to make towards providing women their due rights, but there are people there who are working tirelessly as the grassroots level who will help India achieve it's potential.  These people are enough to sustain my optimism for India's future. 

Gettysburg College | Posted Oct 22, 2012 02:39 PM



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