Three More Fulbrights Awarded to GU Students
Published: Friday, May 6, 2011
Updated: Monday, May 9, 2011 22:05
Three more Georgetown students recently received Fulbright awards, bringing the total number of recipients of the prestigious scholarship to 16, with the university still waiting to hear back about six more applications.
Seven of the awards will go to graduating seniors, while the remainder will go to graduate students or recent alumni.
Since Fulbright scholarships — which provide recipients the chance to teach and conduct research abroad — are awarded by individual countries, applicants are notified at different times.
Maryam Mohamed, associate director of the Office of Fellowships, Awards and Research, said that the office should hear back about all of the applicants by mid-June.
The scholars will be studying and teaching on every continent except Antarctica, in countries as diverse as France, Azerbaijan and Cameroon.
Georgetown has historically seen several students receive Fulbrights each year.
"We are hoping that this year continues to be on trend," Mohamed wrote in an email when the first round of 13 awards was announced in April.
With the total now up to 16, the school has reached the number of awards received last year. Fourteen Georgetown students were awarded the scholarship the year before that and 18 in 2009.
Mohamed added that Georgetown students are especially competitive because many of them begin working with faculty researchers early in their careers, have experience teaching or have studied abroad.
Jacalyn Bedard (COL '11), who received a Fulbright award to Spain, said she fell in love with the country after spending her junior year abroad there.
"When I left Spain, I felt that my time there wasn't finished, and I needed to find a way to go back," she wrote in an email.
Bedard said she will be using her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award to spend 16 hours a week as a teaching assistant in a secondary school in Madrid. She also plans to conduct research about the integration of immigrants into the Spanish school system.
"I think investigating the resources that are provided to students who are immigrants and observing how they are perceived in the classroom from a different cultural perspective will be a rich experience that I can draw upon in the future if I work in the U.S. education system," she said.
Kevin Donovan (SFS '11), who received a Fulbright award to South Africa, will spend a year in Cape Town doing research on the role of digital technology in the democratic practices of South Africa.
"My research aims to understand how the proliferation of these technologies changes or sustains the unique deliberative democracy of South Africa, hopefully also illuminating other countries, as well," he wrote in an email.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards about 1,100 grants annually, according to the organization's website. The program was established in 1946 with legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.).
This year's recipients from Georgetown include Charlotte Guy (SFS '09), Angela Carothers (GRD '11), Berkley Braden (COL '11), Nick Wertsch (COL '09), Larisa Veloz (GRD '11), Mary Holman (COL '11), Tessa Wegener (GRD '11), Amanda Rivkin (GRD '11), Max Lambertson (SFS '11), Irene Jagla (GRD '10), Kevin Donovan (SFS '11), Jacalyn Bedard (COL '11), Gaby Baca (SFS '08), Benjamin Lee (MSB '09), Lexi Crampton (COL '11) and Sarah Tucker (SFS '11).