Record Number of Students Earn Fulbright Grants


This year, a record-breaking 12 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.

Rochester students were also selected for the Amgen Scholarship, Beinecke Scholarship, Carnegie Junior Fellowship, Critical Language Scholarship, DAAD-RISE Scholarship, Davis Project for Peace Fellowship, Goldwater Scholarship, and the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship.

Faculty member Mary Jane Curry at the Warner School of Education was also selected for a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture and research 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.

Students from the University chosen to participate in the 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program include:

Asad Arastu ’12, an economics major who minored in Spanish was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey. From Whitter, 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 will 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 as 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 healthy 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 a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Bangladesh.

In addition, the following University of Rochester students were selected for fellowship awards for 2013-14:

Amgen Scholarship
Aaron Cravens ’14

Beinecke Scholarship
Daniel Gorman ’14

Carnegie Junior Fellowship
Katherine Garner ’11/T5’12

Critical Language Scholars
Emily Hein ’14
Nathaly Luna ’13
Simone Zehren ’14
Samantha Whalen ’15
Alexander Turpin ’12(E)/T5’13

DAAD-RISE Scholars
Kristin Abramo ’15
Kevin Allan ’14
Alexandra Born ’15
Sarah Koniski ’14
Louis Papa ’14
Robert Rietmeijer ’15
Zhongwu Shi ’15
Qianli Sun ’15
Jamie Strampe ’15

Davis Project for Peace Fellowship
Fatima Bawany ’15

Goldwater Scholars
Amanda Chen ’14
Chantel Gaudet ’14 (honorable mention)

Public Policy & International Affairs Fellow
Jonathan Johnson ’14

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