2017 Fulbright winners
Thirteen students and alumni of the University of Minnesota, including five graduate students, have been awarded grants to study and teach abroad during the 2017-18 academic year by the Fulbright U. S. Student Program. Another has been selected for the Fulbright-related US Teaching Assistant program in Austria, and four more have been designated as alternates and may yet receive Fulbright funding. The Fulbright Program was created and funded by Congress in 1946 to promote international good will through the exchange of students and scholars in all areas of education, culture, and science. The program awards approximately 1900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Graduate Students Receiving Fulbright Scholarships in 2017-18
Hannah Baxter, ‘17M.Ed. with a concentration in Second Languages and Cultures, will spend the 2017-18 academic year teaching English in Bavaria, Germany. She has completed the required coursework for getting Minnesota K-12 teaching licenses in both German and English as a second language and plans to pursue a teaching job upon her return to the U.S. Baxter received a B.A. in German from the University of Minnesota in 2016.
Jacqueline Daigneault, Ph.D. student in Geography, will spend the upcoming academic year in the West African nation of Togo. Her dissertation research explores the recent emergence of state investments in economic infrastructure in the rural north of Togo. Through an ethnographic study of the Bassar marketplace, she investigates the social, economic, and political impacts of new infrastructures in the everyday lived experiences of a socially diverse market trader community. Daigneault received a B.A. in English Literature and Woman’s Studies from McGill University in 2005 and a M.A. in International Development from Clark University in 2014.
Kiley Kost, Ph.D. candidate in Germanic Studies, will spend the 2017-18 academic year at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany and will conduct archival research at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach. Her dissertation, “Telling Time in the Anthropocene: Geologic Narration in German Fiction after 1945,” will investigate representations of geologic change in literary texts by three prominent writers (Max Frisch, Peter Handke, and Jenny Erpenbeck). Kost received a M.A. in Germanic Studies in 2014 and a B.A. in German Studies and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2010.
Ashwini Srinivasamohan, Ph.D. student in Geography, received a Fulbright Grant to analyze 'informal' plastic recycling from two dumps in Chennai, India. While policymakers continue to defer to technological solutions, such as waste-to-energy plants that burn plastic to make energy, there is a critical resource at hand that has yet to be harnessed to deal with the more than 5,000 tons of trash produced daily in Chennai: informal plastic recycling at the dumps. Srinivasamohan’s study will answer the following questions: How is plastic recycling managed currently by the ‘informal’ and ‘formal’ sectors in Chennai? Where do they intersect and depend on one another to effectively function? How do the socioeconomics and geographies of the two dumps impact plastic recycling? Srinivasamohan graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 2011 and from Yale University with a MESc (Master's of Environmental Science) in Environmental Anthropology in 2014.
Jason Thomas, a Ph.D. student in Plant Biological Sciences, will join a research group at the Plant Reproduction and Development laboratory located at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. The focus of his research is field pennycress, an overwintering biodiesel feedstock source that can also be a nutritional resource for pollinators. The laboratory in France will allow him to collaborate with scientists with expertise in the genetics of floral scent and size. Thomas received a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014.
Two additional students have been named alternates:
Amelia Shindelar, ‘17MPP, for Fulbright Clinton Fellowship to Malawi
Amanda Taylor, PhD candidate in English to do research in Italy