Thursday, May 14, 2015

Six U of M Grad Students Receive Fulbrights

2015 Fulbrights

Created in 1946 as a means to fund “the promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science,” the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects to take place in one of more than 140 participating countries worldwide. The program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, which cover all travel and living expenses for one academic year. Over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni have undertaken grants since the program began.

We congratulate these six exceptional U of M graduate students, each of whom will spend the 2015-2016 academic year studying, researching and/or teaching in a host country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

Colleen BertschColleen Bertsch

Colleen Bertsch, Ph.D. student in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright Grant to conduct ethnographic field work in the Transylvania region of Romania. Through participant observation, video recordings and interviews, she will gather information on Transylvanian folk violinists and the role of musical ornaments in identity performance. Bertsch received a B.M. in Music Performance from Concordia College (Moorhead,MN) in 1997, a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota in 1999, and a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Minnesota in 2012.

Nick CsargoNicholas Csargo

Nicholas Csargo, ’15M.Ed. with a concentration in Second Languages and Cultures, is one of two students nationally to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Portugal. He has been placed at the University of Lisbon for the 2015-2016 academic year by the Portuguese Fulbright Commission. Csargo received a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse in 2008.  

Joseph GetzoffJoseph Getzoff

Joseph Getzoff, Ph.D. student in Geography, received a Fulbright Grant to conduct research in Israel. His project investigates how nationalism and environmental development intertwine.  It focuses on the history of settlement in the Negev region of Israel and charts the way that the political philosophy of Zionism shifts and changes in relation to environmental development issues and opportunities. Getzoff received a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Muhlenberg College in 2006 and a M.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2014.

Emily HoffmanEmily Hoffmann

Emily Hoffmann, ’15 M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in ESL for Higher Education will spend the 2015-16 academic year teaching English at a developing university in Turkey. Hoffmann received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013.  

Rachel SchaffRachel Schaff

Rachel Schaff, Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies, is one of four students nationally to receive a Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic. She will conduct research at the National Film Archive in Prague, examining 69 films that were made between 1930-1944 and retroactively catalogued as melodramas. Her dissertation examines these melodramas during four key eras in Czechoslovak history, arguing that in the post-war period melodrama became a crucial form to address the country’s recent past. Schaff received a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from New York University – Tisch School of Arts in 2008 and a M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2011. 

Hillary WatersHillary Waters

Hillary Waters, Ph.D student in Geography, will spend the upcoming academic year in Zambia on a Fulbright Grant. Her dissertation examines urban water issues and the production of environmental knowledge in the Copperbelt cities of Luanshya and Kitwe.  Through qualitative interviews, document analysis, and a participatory water science program, she will address the following questions: What role do stakeholder interests play in producing environmental knowledge regarding contamination? And, how do poor urban Zambians produce knowledge about their local environments? Waters received a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College in 2008 and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2015.