Kenyon's Fulbrights: A Baker's DozenGAMBIER, Ohio (May 15, 2010) Culminating another season of exceptionally successful applications, an impressive number of Kenyon graduates will be heading overseas next year to teach or pursue research as Fulbright fellows. Eleven seniors, along with two alumni, have won J. William Fulbright Fellowships, which include grants covering the costs of the year abroad.
Two additional seniors have been named Fulbright alternates. They will receive grants if a Fulbright winner declines a grant or if additional funds become available.
The Fulbright program, established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its goal is to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. For students, the Fulbright year often becomes the launchpad for notable careers. In recent years, Kenyon has been a top producer of Fulbright fellows among the nation's small colleges.
The College's 2010 Fulbright fellows represent a wide range of majors and interests.
Claire Anderson '10 of Shreve, Ohio, will work in Denmark researching chromosome alterations associated with congenital disorders in order to find new disease-related genes. Anderson is a biology major and anthropology minor.
Madeline Courtney '08 of Snohomish, Washington, will study the culture of taxidermy in Paris while taking classes at the national museum of natural history. Courtney, who majored in studio art and minored in art history, has worked for the past two years as the sculpture shop supervisor.
Laura Garland '10, a history major from Tigard, Oregon, will research the history of public primary education in Bahrain.
Sarie Hill '10, an English major from Kaneohe, Hawaii, will teach English in Thailand.
Benjamin Kester '10 of Lancaster, Ohio, will teach in South Korea. Kester is a major in both chemistry and physics.
Alys Moore '10, an international studies major from Greencastle, Indiana, will be in Mali, researching community-based methods for improving prenatal care.
Sarah Panzer '04, will be in Germany researching the reception and appropriation of Japanese martial imagery in German middle-class media during the first half of the twentieth century. Panzer majored in history and modern languages and literatures at Kenyon.
The Fulbright alternates are Megan Coxe '10 of Katy, Texas, who would teach English in Argentina, and who is majoring in both international studies and Spanish, while also completing the concentration in women's and gender studies; and Elizabeth Gottmer '10, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who would teach English in Germany, and who has majors in both English and modern languages and literatures.