Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Four Grad Students Receive Fulbrights

Four U of M Grad Students Receive Fulbrights

Each of these students will spend the 2016-2017 academic year studying, researching and/or teaching in a host country outside the U.S.

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 four exceptional U of M graduate students, each of whom will spend the 2016-2017 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. 

Fulbright Recipients, 2016-17

Elisheva Cohen, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and International Development Education, received a Fulbright Grant to study Syrian refugee youth in Jordan. Proficient in Arabic, she will examine the international aid policies and programs that affect schooling for refugee youth. Cohen received a B.A. in Middle East Studies from Columbia University in 2005 and an M.A. in International Development and Education from Columbia University in 2011. 

Solveig Mebust, Ph.D. candidate in Musicology, will research the role of women in music activism and patronage in Norway, looking specifically to the work of Nina Hagerup Grieg and Theodora Cormontan. She will conduct archival research at the Universitet i Bergen, the Universitet i Oslo and at regional historical archives such as the Aust-Agder Kulturhistoriske Senter. Mebust received a B.M. in Music Education from Augsburg College in 2009 and an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota in 2013. 

Aleksander Sedzielarz, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, received a Fulbright Grant to China to research how locally-produced sound cinema in the 1930s generated new modernist literary forms. He will work with local experts at Fudan University in Shanghai utilizing archives to examine the intersection of cinema and literature and its effects on society in general. Sedzielarz received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Occidental College in 2006 and studied Mandarin Chinese in the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University the following year.

Britt Van Paepeghem, Ph.D. student in Anthropology, will travel to Istanbul to research the recent explosion of cultural heritage in Turkey. Employing ethnographic research methods with visitors and employees in Turkey’s new museums, she will examine how changing policies and attitudes towards museums and heritage relate to Turkey’s contemporary cultural narratives and its changing role on the international stage. Van Paepeghem received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Vassar College in 2009 and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University in 2012.