Ten Awarded Fulbrights for 2005-06

Ten Claremont McKenna College alumniall but one representing the Class of 2005have been selected for the 2005-6 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which funds graduate study, research and Teaching Assistantships abroad for the nation’s top young scholars. Participants representing CMC this year include: Erin Bream, Emily Englert, Sarah Galitzki, David Gilbert, Ann Johnson, Amy Nelson, Tanya Soluk, Adriane Tuttle, Lauren Weeth, and Cassi Wright ’03. Jacquelyn Dadakis and Olivia Gonzalez were selected as alternates.

“I am simply thrilled with the results of the Fulbright competition this year,” says Associate Professor Carrie Chorba, CMC’s Fulbright program advisor. “Not only am I extremely proud of our students for winning so many of the premiere governmental academic grants, but I am also sincerely thankful to the faculty and administrators who help and support our applicants each year. CMC’s devotion to its students has really paid off.”

After winning six grants last year, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Claremont McKenna College as third, nationally, among undergraduate colleges for the number of Fulbright Scholars it produces. “This ranking indicates that our students are extremely well-prepared and competitive in relation to other undergraduate students,” says Chorba. “Our students are effective at putting together valid and feasible research plans, searching out the resources necessary, and preparing themselves in terms of pertinent language skills and coursework.”

Projects to be carried out by this year’s recipients include:

Erin Bream: Bogota, Colombia, studying the effects of the implementation of the neoliberal economic model on higher education. Research includes using the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogot? as case studies of public and private Colombian universities.

Emily Englert: Chile, teaching English as a foreign language.

Sasha Galitzki: Bulgaria, studying eco-tourism and economic development, first in the capital city of Sofia, at the Center for Economic DevelopmentBulgaria’s leading economic research institute and think tankand conducting field studies in towns and villages across the country.

David Gilbert: Ecuador, Social and Biological Impact of Primate Bushmeat Trade

Ann Johnson: South Korea, teaching English to Korean high school students, and pursuing independent research on the effects of multiculturalismspecifically, the effects of American culture on Korea. Research also will include a philological component: studying which English and American words have been adopted into the ordinary Korean vocabulary and culture, and how they reflect original differences and sameness across societies.

Amy Nelson: Cameroon, Comparative Effectiveness of Prostitute-Targeted HIV Organizations

Tanya Soluk: Ukraine, conducting independent research on performing arts organizations and nonprofits in the region, including their financial and artistic status.

Adriane Tuttle: Bogota, Colombia, studying at Universidad Nacional in Bogota, and working with PROFAMILIA, a nonprofit dedicated to reproductive, sexual, and family health services and education. Research will include determining how changes in Colombian women’s socio-economic status and their entry into the workforce have impacted relationships between men, women and families, and how those changes have influenced public health policies and programs.

Lauren Weeth: Morocco, Exploring Opportunities for Muslim Women, studying Islamic culture and civilization.

Cassi Wright ’03: Mexico, enhancing knowledge and understanding of post-NAFTA Mexico for U.S. graduates in business, law, or engineering. Research includes interning with a Mexico-based international business firm and enrolling in a three-course certificate program through the Binational Business Grant in Mexico program.

Alternates’ projects include:

Jacquelyn Dadakis: Poland, Eastern European Studies

Olivia Gonzalez, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Women’s Organizations and Community Development