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UHP Grads Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

July 10, 2012

Twelve University of Minnesota alumni have been awarded 2012-2013 B.A.-level Fulbright Scholarships, including seven University Honors Program students! In addition, one alumna received a Fulbright-affiliated teaching assistantship, and six U of M graduate students (including two more Minnesota alumni) have received graduate-level Fulbrights.

Congratulations, everyone!

2012-2013 B.A.-level Fulbright Scholarships and Fulbright-affiliated Awards

2012-2013 Graduate-level Fulbright Scholarships

Sarah Anagnostou

Sarah Anagnostou has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to India. A December 2011 CLA graduate with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies (French, global studies and teaching English as a second language) and a TESL certificate, Anagnostou has taught English to Somali immigrant women at the Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis and has tutored French language learners at the University. She became interested in Indian cultures through her study and practice of yoga. While assisting in a middle school English class in Madurai, India next year, she will conduct independent research on the healing traditions of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. Her long-term goal is to establish a community center focused on lesser-known healing techniques and cultural practices to promote health and wellness in her local community. Back to top

Amy Conner

Amy Conner will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Croatia next year, where she will work with English students at the university level. Conner, an alumna of CLA and the University Honors Program, graduated magna cum laude and with high distinction this spring, with majors in history, political science, and Spanish studies. She served in several political internships while in college, including one as a political and economic relations intern at a foreign diplomatic mission here in Minnesota. In addition, Conner gained experience teaching English to preschool children while studying abroad in Spain. A course on the history of the Balkans piqued her interest in Croatia, and she is eager to learn the Croatian language during her Fulbright year. She would like to apply the knowledge she gains from her Fulbright experience in a foreign service career. Back to top

Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson is one of two U of M-Twin Cities students to be awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships to Germany. An alumnus of the College of Biological Sciences and the University Honors Program, he graduated in Spring 2012, summa cum laude and with distinction, with a B.S. in genetics, cell biology, & development and a minor in German studies. Johnson has been an undergraduate teaching assistant in biology courses and volunteers extensively in the community. Since he intends to enter medical school after his Fulbright year, during his teaching assignment at the Berufsbildende Schule in Ingelheim Johnson would also like to volunteer in a hospital or clinic in order to learn about the world's oldest universal health care system. Back to top

Andrew Larkin

Andrew Larkin graduated from CLA with distinction in December 2011, with a history major and an economics minor. He has been awarded a Fulbright to study for a masters degree in history in the United Kingdom. One of two U of M-Twin Cities students to receive a highly competitive Fulbright to the UK this year, he will study at the University of Sussex and will focus on British and French colonialism in Africa. He also plans to volunteer with a community organization in the UK that provides legal counsel to immigrants and refugees. Back to top

Michael McGarrah

Michael McGarrah has been awarded a Fubright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain. McGarrah graduated from CLA and the University Honors Program this spring, summa cum laude and with distinction, with a major in child psychology and minors in Spanish studies and history. He has extensive experience working with children and completed a policy internship at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. last summer. As a Fulbrighter, McGarrah will assist in an English classroom at a school in Madrid and would like to volunteer with a community organization to learn about child welfare policy and programs in Spain. When he returns to the U.S. he plans to enter a Ph.D. program in developmental psychology, to prepare for a career as a clinician, researcher, and child policy advocate. Back to top

Nicole Muenchow

Nicole Muenchow will spend 2013 at a teacher's college in Brazil as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She will be part of an initiative to improve English instruction in advance of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, both of which will be held in Brazil. Muenchow graduated from CLA with high distinction in May 2011, majoring in Spanish & Portuguese Studies and earning a certificate in teaching English as a second language. She would like to pursue a career teaching English to adult immigrants in the United States. Her extensive teaching background includes serving as an Americorps Vista literacy tutor, teaching English to elementary students in Berlin through the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, assisting in English classes for adult immigrants at the International Education Center, and mentoring youth at the Centro Latino Community Center. Back to top

Lesa Nord

Lesa Nord, like Andrew Larkin, has been awarded a highly competitive UK Fulbright. Nord began her college education at North Hennepin Community College and received her Bachelor of Individualized Studies with high distinction from CLA in December 2010. A certified Emergency Medical Technician and an aspiring future physician, Nord has served as a volunteer interpreter and technician on medical mission trips in developing countries. As a Fulbrighter Nord will complete an interdisciplinary masters degree in humanitarianism and conflict response at the University of Manchester. Nord intends to use her training and experience at Manchester in a career as a physician working in international aid. Back to top

Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb has been awarded a Fulbright to Germany in the field of journalism for the 2012-13 academic year. Rabb graduated from CLA and the University Honors Program in December 2010, earning a BA in German studies and Global Studies, summa cum laude and with distinction. Since graduation, he works as a television host and reporter for WUCW-23, The CW Twin Cities. His Fulbright project, to be carried out in Berlin, investigates the influence of Turkish immigration on German multiculturalism with a focus on the popularity of the Döner sandwich. He plans to produce a journalistic documentary of his research. His long-term goals include earning a masters in journalism and working in broadcast journalism with a focus on international issues. Back to top

Jennifer Sanchez

Jennifer Sanchez is the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Uruguay. Since graduating magna cum laude from CLA and the University Honors Program in spring 2009 with majors in global studies and political science and a minor in Spanish studies, Sanchez has worked as an Americorps High School Coach with Admission Possible, a nonprofit organization that assists underserved high school students to transition to college, and as an Education Assistant in the Saint Paul Public Schools. Sanchez's Fulbright year, which starts in March 2013, will be split between the capital city of Montevideo and a provincial location. In the meantime, Sanchez will begin a masters program in public policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs this fall. She intends to pursue a career in international education and education policy. Back to top

Bethany Schowengerdt

Bethany Schowengerdt is one of only two Americans selected for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships to Rwanda. Schowengerdt graduated summa cum laude and with high distinction from CLA and the University Honors Program this spring, completing majors in both global studies and French studies. She will assist in the teaching of college-level English and plans to volunteer with an organization dedicated to improving language and technology education in Rwanda. In the future Schowengerdt would like to pursue a masters degree and a career in international educational development. Back to top

Elizabeth Troolin

Elizabeth Troolin, an alumna of CLA and the University Honors Program, graduated summa cum laude with high distinction this spring with a triple major in political science, Spanish studies, and global studies. In July she will begin a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship at La Universidad de Cartagena in Colombia. Troolin has taught U.S. citizenship preparation classes at the Jane Addams School for Democracy and has engaged extensively in human rights work. This past year she was an intern for immigrant and refugee programs at the Advocates for Human Rights. During her Fulbright year, Troolin wants to learn about human rights and legal issues for displaced populations in Colombia and volunteer with an organization that serves displaced youth. In the future she will pursue graduate studies in international relations or political science. Back to top

Tanya Wacholz

Tanya Wacholz, like Austin Johnson, will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany during the coming year. A spring 2011 CLA graduate with majors in history and German studies, Wacholz plans to pursue a career as a high school teacher and to be active in the field of international education. One of her goals is to establish an exchange program between high school students in the U.S. and Germany that will make it possible for students in those countries to have experiences abroad regardless of their personal circumstances. Wacholz is not only an experienced English teacher, but also an experienced soccer player and coach; while teaching English in the German state of Brandenburg, she wants to start or coach a girl's soccer team and incorporate lessons about soccer culture in the US. Back to top

Emilia Witthuhn

Emilia Witthuhn is the recipient of a Fulbright-affiliated Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship. Witthun, a 2008 CLA graduate with a major in German studies and a minor in history, is fascinated by languages and language acquisition. After college, she studied abroad in Berlin and taught English through the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. She has also volunteered as an English teacher with several community organizations in the Twin Cities. During her Fulbright year Witthun looks forward to fine-tuning her German while helping Austrian high school students to improve their English. She intends to pursue a career in library services for children and teens. Back to top

Brandon Arthur Baumbach

Brandon Arthur Baumbach, '11, MPP in Public Policy, will research the Norwegian government's national immigration policy with the Somali population being the specific case study. As a strong social welfare country, Norwegian policies that affect the Somali Diaspora in Norway will provide for a strong comparison with the immigration policies of the United States affecting the American Somali Diaspora. This research will comment on a best practices model concerning Somali immigration today. Baumbach graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Back to top

Jesse Wolf Izzo

Jesse Wolf Izzo, Ph.D. student in History, will spend the academic year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He will research the role of the Latin Christian crusader states during the late thirteenth-century in the context of the first Mamluk-Ilkhanid War. Izzo received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 2004 and a M.Phil. in Medieval History from Cambridge University in 2005. Back to top

Melissa Kelley

Melissa Kelley, Ph.D. student in History, will travel to select German universities. Her dissertation will present a critique of the recurrent "crisis in the university" between the late 19th and the late 20th centuries through an analysis of student life. The particular focus will be the experiences of students from social groups which had historically limited or no access to higher education. Kelley received a B.A. in History from Smith College in 2007. Back to top

Danielle Marie Kuntz

Danielle Marie Kuntz, a Ph.D. student in Musicology, will conduct archival research in Portugal. She will analyze eighteenth-century sacred dramatic musical productions by the royal court in Portugal. Kuntz received a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and a M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Back to top

Tracy LeAnne Rutler

Tracy LeAnne Rutler, a Ph.D. student in French, will visit several archives in France. Her dissertation analyzes legacy 18th-century French literature. Rutler received a B.A. and M.A. in French from the University of Kansas. Back to top

Stephen Cho Suh

Stephen Cho Suh, a Ph.D. student in Sociology, will study the return migration of Korean Americans to South Korea. Through ethnography and qualitative interviews, he will investigate the causes of return migration, the ability of Korean Americans to adapt to South Korean society, and the type of reception that they receive from locals. Suh received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Back to top