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May 15, 2013

Record number of Rochester students earn Fulbright grants

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Rich Feldman (left), dean of the College, and Belinda Redden (right), director of the Fellowships Office, are pictured with Fulbright scholars Meredith Doubleday, Gabrielle Cornish, Ankit Medhekar, Laurel Raymond, Rohini Bhatia, Jyothi Purushotham, Anja Weinrib-Weiss, Cameron La Point, and Veronica Price. Not pictured: Asad Arastu ’12, Rebeckah Carpio ’13, Meredith Klingler ’13, Andrew Otis ’11, and Anaise Williams ’13.


A record-breaking 11 Rochester students and two alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student grants to advance their studies, perform research, and teach English abroad while serving as young ambassadors to their host countries. Mary Jane Curry, associate professor of education at the Warner School, has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research next year in Chile.

In addition, one student has been named an alternate to Bangladesh. Fulbright scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offer opportunities for career-launching study, teaching, and research abroad.

This year’s recipients include:

Asad Arastu ’12, an economics major who minored in Spanish, was awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Turkey. From Whittier, Calif., Arastu is a REMS student who is currently completing a master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rohini Bhatia ’13 has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research grant, which she plans to use to study tobacco prevention education with the Public Health Foundation in Delhi, India. Bhatia, of Ellicott City, Md., majored in epidemiology at Rochester.

As a recipient of a Fulbright study/research grant, Rebekah Carpio ’13E plans to study orchestral artistry at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England. A clarinet performance major from Vienna, Va., Carpio plans to master her performance skills through the program’s intensive orchestral training.

Gabrielle Cornish ’13 of Elmira, N.Y., plans to travel to Russia through a Fulbright English teaching assistantship. As a Russian studies and music major, Cornish previously studied in Russia on Gilman and Critical Language scholarships.

Spring, N.Y., native Meredith Doubleday ’13 was named a Fulbright English teaching assistant to Russia. Doubleday studied Russian and classics at Rochester.

Madeleine Klingler ’13 is the third Rochester student to be named a Fulbright English teaching assistant to Russia. A native of Chatham, N.Y., she majored in Russian and minored in linguistics.

A recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research grant, Cameron La Point ’13 plans to spend 10 months studying behavioral economics in Japan. The Fairport, N.Y., resident triple-majored in economics, history, and math at Rochester.

Biomedical engineering major Ankit Medhekar ’13 will put his Spanish minor to use as he travels to Spain as a Fulbright English teaching assistant. A Rochester Early Medical Scholar, Medhekar, of Pittsburgh, hopes the experience will prepare him for a career in health policy and education.

Andrew Otis ’11 has been awarded a Fulbright study/research grant to India, which he plans to use to study historical archives of the Bengal Gazette, the first English newspaper published in Calcutta. Otis, of Higganum, Conn., majored in history and political science.

Chester, N.Y., native Veronica Price ’13 studied psychology and German at Rochester. She was awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Germany, where she plans to spend 10 months serving as a language learning assistant to an English teacher.

A molecular genetics major and anthropology minor, Jyothi Purushotham ’13 will travel to India on a Fulbright study/ research grant. While abroad, the Honeoye Falls, N.Y., native plans to conduct stem cell research through the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute.

Richmond, Vt., native Laurel Raymond ’13 plans to spend her Fulbright year as an English teaching assistant in Turkey. She studied English and brain and cognitive sciences at Rochester.

Anja Weinrib-Weiss ’13, a native of Arlington, Mass., who studied brain and cognitive sciences with a minor in American Sign Language, was awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Thailand.

Anaise Williams ’13 was named an alternate Fulbright English teaching assistant to Bangladesh.

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