Wednesday, July 9, 2014

U of M Graduate School announces 2014-15 Fulbright Winners

Fulbright Winners 2014-2015

Laura N. Cesafsky, Ph.D. student in Geography, is one of six students nationally to receive a Fulbright Grant to Colombia.  Through ethnographic, archival and survey methods, she will evaluate the democratic achievements of two renowned alternative transportation systems built in Bogota in 2001 and will address the question, “Do coherent urban infrastructure systems really produce cohesive political communities?”  Cesafsky received a B.A. in Political Science in 2004 and a M.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2010. 

Kalani Michell, Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies, will spend the academic year in Berlin, Germany completing archival research on expanded cinematic practices and contexts between the 1960s/70s and today.  Her dissertation project addresses the question, “How do we relocate cinema in the digital age, when film is no longer simply to be found in movie theaters?” Michell received a B.A. in German Studies and International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno and a M.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2010. 

Elizabeth Semler, Ph.D. student in History of Science, Technology & Medicine, will work with historians at the University of Helsnki in Finland and will conduct oral history interviews with individuals at the National Institute for Health and Welfare.  Her dissertation compares government, medical, and dairy industry responses in the U.S. and Finland to scientific evidence linking heart disease to high fat diets, often from dairy, from 1970-2000.  Semler graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Finnish in 2010. 

Alix Travline, ‘14 M.Ed , will spend ten months in Germany teaching English.  Travline graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Advertising in 2007 and a B.A. in German in 2010. 

Meagan Tripp, Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies, will conduct archival research in Cologne, Marbach, and Leipzig, Germany.  Her dissertation investigates the important intersections between German lyric poetry and modern dance in the early 20th century.  Tripp received a B.A. in German from Alma College in 2002 and a M.A. in German Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2010.