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Ten Vassar students and alumnae/i receive 2010 Fulbright Fellowships.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Two members of Vassar’s class of 2010 and eight recent alumnae/i have been awarded Fulbright grants for research, graduate study, or English teaching assistantships abroad for 2010. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and was established in 1946 by Congress to promote international understanding.

Emily Antenucci 10, an Italian and drama major, will teach English in Italy using drama-based activities. She plans to explore cross-cultural communication through the examination and practice of Italian and American theatrical traditions. Antenucci also hopes to take theater classes and organize productions within the local community.

Nathan Hall 04, a music major, will travel to Iceland where he will be writing music that explores the connections between Icelandic culture and the natural landscape. He hopes to meet many musicians and artists during his stay, culminating in an installation of his work.

Thomas G. Heuser '05, a music major, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Germany for orchestral conducting.

Megan Lau '07, a Japanese major, will teach English in South Korea. Megan hopes to gain perspective on contemporary Korean society through the multiple lenses that the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship affords—as a teacher, host family member, community participant, and student of the Korean language. As an elementary school English teacher, she looks forward to involvement in extracurricular activities like leading an art club class.
Nora Lewin ’08, who majored in neuroscience and behavior, plans to use the opportunity to teach English, also in South Korea, as a way to reconnect with her birth country as well to facilitate a dynamic cultural exchange between the United States and Korea. When not teaching in secondary school, she hopes to learn Korean cooking, traditional crafts, and painting.   

Katie Paul ’07, a history major, will travel to Syria to pursue her interest in the development, future prospects, and motivations of Syria’s “waiting generation,” the rising demographic group of young people facing unemployment rates six times higher than those of their elders. She plans to collect oral testimony from urban youth about their professional aspirations, then develop a multimedia project that both documents her research and allows them to share their experiences.

Kathleen (Tori) Marroquin Perkins ’08, who majored in international studies, will teach English in Spain. Her goal is to begin experiencing the field of international teaching. In addition to teaching, she will create an after-school English roundtable tutoring group to encourage students who either struggle or have not had as much experience with the language. She would also take university courses in Catalan language and politics to interact with the country academically as its student.  

Joanna Tsai ’08, a biology major, will travel to Sweden to conduct two experiments to test the effects of kitchen waste on biogas production and to evaluate the effects that hydrolysis and cleaning detergents may have on this energy source. She will audit two water resources master-level courses at Lund University and write a research manuscript for publication.  

Robert Voigt ’08, who majored in Chinese, will travel to Taiwan to build upon his undergraduate work in translation by spending a year at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei to deepen his understanding of Chinese-language poetry and begin an in-depth study into translation theory. This project will provide him with greater tools for working in poetry translation as a means of cultural exchange, a foundation upon which he will build in a PhD program upon returning to the United States.  

Nicole Weindling ’10, an art history and Chinese major, will travel to China to study the ways in which Chinese provincial museums articulate their local history and identity. She will be based at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, where she will audit museum studies courses while volunteering at Shaanxi History Museum. Her study will also include Zhejiang and Hunan Provincial museums, both of which have invited her to volunteer and complete research.  

Vassar’s Office for Fellowships supports more than 40 students each year in their applications for Fulbright grants to research, study, or teach abroad.  

About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.  

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.  

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education .  

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit: or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail  

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 31, 2010