Six Grinnellians win Fulbrights
Five current Grinnell students and one graduate have been awarded Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments. The prestigious Fulbright international education exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State Department.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently included Grinnell in a listing of "top producing schools" for institutions with the highest number of students to receive Fulbrights.
Grinnellians and their country assignments for 2008-09 include (from bottom to top, left to right):
- Julia Ault '08 (lower left), a history and German major from Cincinnati, Ohio, will teach English as a second language in Germany. As a Grinnell student, Ault participated in soccer and track and was named to the Academic All Conference teams. Her career interest is in teaching German.
- John Guittar '07 (not pictured) has accepted a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Colombia. Guittar is currently serving in Namibia in the Grinnell Corps Program, a one-year service corps established by the College for first-year graduates to teach in disadvantaged areas.
- Shiela Lee '08 (center), a philosophy major from Westminster, Colo., will teach English as a second language in Taiwan. As a Grinnell student, Lee has interned for the Program on International Policy Attitudes and the Center for Clinical Bioethics. She plans to become a college professor.
- Molly Kratz '08 (upper left), a psychology major from St. Paul, Minn., accepted the Fulbright assistantship to teach English in Macao, where the College also has an established Grinnell Corps program. As a Grinnell student, Kratz has been captain of the track and field team and vice-president of a psychology honorary society.
- Ellen Lambert '08 (upper right), a German major from Tacoma, Wash., will teach English as a second language in Germany. Her career plans include interest in sustainable agriculture. As a Grinnell student, she served as a student adviser and has been involved in several music organizations.
- Rebecca Taylor '08 (lower right), a history major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, will travel to Uruguay to conduct research into the country's recent dictatorship and citizen perception of the change in government. As a Grinnell student, Taylor was a student leader of the Grinnell Prison Workshop, teaching classes to inmates at a local correctional facility; a reporter and photographer for the student newspaper; and a member of the dance troupe.