Friday, May. 23, 2014 2:46 pm

Grinnell, Iowa - Update: Leah Lucas ’14, of Bankston, Iowa, has received a Fulbright research grant to study impact of biofuel expansion on smallholders' land rights and macroeconomic development in Mozambique. An independent major, Poverty and Progress in the Americas, at Grinnell, she plans to continue her work in the field of international development, and in a few years, complete a related masters degree.

Seven Grinnell College seniors have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to support travel, teaching and research internationally.

  • Lea Greenberg ’14, of Lawrence, Kan., has received an English Teaching Assistantship to Berlin, Germany. A German major at Grinnell, with a concentration in Russian, Central and Eastern European studies, she plans eventually to pursue a Ph.D. in German studies, focusing on German-Jewish studies.
  • Elena Jaffer ’14 has received a Fulbright research grant to study biochemistry in Mexico. A chemistry major from San Jose, Calif., Jaffer plans to pursue an M.S. degree in environmental health after her Fulbright year, and then pursue a career related to rural health care.
  • Samanea Karrfalt ’14, of McKean, Pa., received an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. An anthropology and German major at Grinnell, Karrfalt hopes to pursue a Ph.D. degree in German after her Fulbright year.
  • Rebecca Kulik ’14, of Dayton, Ohio, received an English Teaching Assistantship, and will spend the 2014-15 academic year teaching English in Indonesia. At Grinnell, Kulik majored in history with a concentration in Russian and East European studies.
  • Eleanor Price ’14 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will allow her to teach English in a German high school for a year. A German major from Iowa City, Iowa, Price hopes to be involved with literary translation or library sciences after her Fulbright year.
  • Jeremy Sanchez ’14, a biological chemistry and French major from Idaho Falls, Idaho received an English Teaching Assistantship to Korea. After his Fulbright year, he plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in public health.
  • Colin Wong ’14, of Cary, N.C., received a Fulbright research grant to study integrated pest management in China. After his Fulbright year, Wong hopes to attend graduate school and study insect toxicology.

In addition, Naomi Ramsay ’14, of Oak Park, Ill., was offered an English Teaching Assistantship to South Africa, but declined in order to accept a Grinnell Corps fellowship to Lesotho. Maddie Cloud ’14, a history and biology major from Atlanta, Ga., was offered an English Teaching Assistantship in Korea, but declined in order to accept a position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program.

Three Grinnell seniors were named as alternates for Fulbright grants. They are:

  • Elena Gartner ’14, an anthropology and Spanish major from Corvallis, Ore.
  • Morina “Mo” Vongsa ’14, a psychology major from Des Moines.

Grinnell College has been named to the State Department’s “top-producing” Fulbright list in every year since the list was started in 2004.

Doug Cutchins ’93, assistant dean and director of post-graduate transitions, administers the Fulbright program at Grinnell. He says, “Grinnell students are an excellent fit for the Fulbright program. Given the seriousness of the academic work here, the international connections we make inside and outside of the classroom, and how globally engaged our students are, it’s not surprising that so many of them are consistently recognized with Fulbright funding to continue learning and serving abroad.

“Grinnell’s consistently strong representation among students receiving Fulbright awards is evidence of the college’s longstanding commitment to academic excellence, service and international education,” Cutchins added.

About the Fulbright Awards

The prestigious Fulbright international education exchange program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State Department, Fulbright awards are designed to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

About Grinnell College

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.