By Judy Zang
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships abroad.
The University of Pittsburgh is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant winners among research universities, placing 9th among U.S. public research universities and 22nd among all U.S. universities, public and private, as announced in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Pitt has ranked as a top Fulbright producer. Thirteen Pitt students and recent graduates won Fulbrights for the 2013-14 academic year.
Congratulations to Fulbright winners Jenna Baron, Anne Brown, Emily Cohen, Kathleen Cecelia Euler, Isaac Fisher, Keely McCaskie, Emma Shannon, Sarah Sleasman, and Luke Starcher. These nine recently graduated Pitt students won the Fulbright grant to teach English, research, and/or study abroad. Below is a short biography of the winners.
In addition, the University Honors College extends it congratulations to four Pitt graduate student 2013-2014 Fulbright winners--Justin Classen (Romania), Isaac Curtis (Spain), Andrea Joseph (United Kingdom), and Maria Venegas (Nicaragua).
Best wishes to all of you as you carry out your Fulbright projects!
Anne Brown, from Erie, PA.
BA Political Science and English Writing; Minor: History
In Turkey, Annie teaches English at Amasya University. She is also creating narratives with the adult children of early Turkish guest workers to Germany about the effects of German social policy on Turkish identity.
After the Fulbright, Annie plans to pursue graduate studies in international relations with an emphasis on international migration and social policy.
Jenna Baron, from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
BA in Anthropology; Certificates: African Studies and Global Studies
Jenna’s research project focuses on education for the visually impaired in Kenya. Her goal is to document the connection of improved access to education to increased involvement of persons with visual impairments in society. Jenna plans to take graduate courses at Kenyatta University in the Department of Special Needs and conduct fieldwork in three counties: Kisumu, Mombasa, and Thika.
Jenna hopes to work with an advocacy organization focused on equity in education. She plans to pursue graduate studies in education policy.
Emily Cohen, from Blue Bell, PA.
BS in Psychology and Studio Arts; Certificate: Children's Literature
Beginning in January 2014, Emily will teach English in a primary or secondary school in Malaysia. She will also organize after-school activities and English camps for the students. After the Fulbright, Emily plans to pursue a Master of Education in elementary education and special education.
Kathleen (KC) Euler, from Pittsburgh, PA.
BPhil in English Writing and International & Area Studies; Minor: Film Studies; Certificate: African Studies
In Bulgaria, KC teaches students at the Romain Rolland Foreign Language School in Stara Zagora. She co-teaches in the classrooms and plans lessons for the ninth through twelfth grades. KC also plans specific lessons and creates seminars for teachers. Aside from teaching, she is volunteering in the community and starting a Kiswahili club at her school.
KC plans to pursue graduate studies in International Relations.
Isaac Fisher, from Pittsburgh PA
BS in Natural Sciences; BA in Anthropology ; Minor: French
In South Korea, Isaac teaches conversational English to students and teachers at Daegu Joongang High School. Aside from teaching, Isaac is a liaison for the Korean Adolescent Mentorship Program, volunteers with North Korean defector students, and is involved in various sports.
Isaac’s future plans involve going to school in Korea for art and opening up a copy-editing/graphic design service.
Keely McCaskie, from St. Louis, Missouri.
Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) in International & Area Studies, Environmental Studies, and Sociology; Certificate: Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Beginning in 2014, Keely will conduct a community-based research initiative in Ecuador. Under the guidance of the Amawtay Wasi, an Intercultural University for Indigenous Peoples, Keely will attempt a series of case studies of indigenous women's collectives across Ecuador. By highlighting the experiences and voices of these women, she hopes to inform global discourses on gender and development.
Keely will pursue graduate studies and eventually work as an intercultural facilitator and social justice trainer in the non-profit sector.
Emma Shannon, from New Brighton, PA.
BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies; Minor: German Studies; Certificate: Geographical Information Systems
Emma is in Germany pursuing a master's degree at the Universität zu Köln in their International Masters of Environmental Science (IMES) Program.
When Emma returns to the U.S., she plans to pursue a career in the Environmental Management field.
Sarah Sleasman from Rockwood,PA.
BA in Spanish and Linguistics; Minor: Chinese
Certificate: Latin American Studies
In December Sarah will leave for Peru to teach English. The nature of her project aside from teaching depends on her city/region assignment.
After the Fulbright Sarah will finish the MA in Second Language Studies program that she began in the Fall 2013 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She hopes to work as an ESL teacher, specifically with adult immigrant populations in academic and/or non-profit organization settings.
Luke Starcher, from Beaver County, PA
BA in German and Linguistics
Luke is teaching English to students in seventh through twelfth grades in Saarbrücken, Saarland Germany. Aside from teaching, he makes music and plays volleyball.
After the Fulbright, Luke will pursue studies and work that involve the German language, possibly in teaching, translating, music, or film and film Scoring.