Sorcha Dundas Awarded Fulbright to Nepal

University of Rochester student Sorcha Dundas ’12 has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarship to Nepal, where she will serve as an English Teaching Assistant. Dundas, a native of Rutland, Vt., is the first Rochester student to be accepted into the Nepal program. In the past five years, 35 Rochester students and alumni have received a Fulbright Scholarship, which is among the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs.

Rochester senior Edith Hanson, who will graduate with dual majors in Japanese and computer science and a minor in history, was named a Fulbright alternate to South Korea. Rising junior Adam Russak was chosen to participate in the 2012 Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute, where he will spend six weeks studying at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Russak, a native of Agoura Hills, Calif., is completing a bachelor of science degree in applied math and also doing a minor in classical civilization.

Dundas, who will graduate on May 20 with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the College, will spend a month in Katmandu, undergoing extensive training in the Nepali language and honing her teaching skills. During her eight-month stay in Nepal, she hopes to volunteer in a local health clinic or assist in research and community projects, in addition to her teaching assistantship.

For Dundas, the Fulbright is an opportunity to build upon experiences she had working with and studying Nepali refugees in America during summer 2011. Dundas, who was awarded an Anthropology Undergraduate Research Grant, worked with newly settled Bhutanese refugees during an internship with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Dundas lived with a Nepali family originally from Bhutan, serving as an in-home English tutor. During the summer, she also used her research grant to study newly formed agricultural projects that help refugees and immigrants acclimate to the United States. Both experiences will help inform her honor’s thesis, which explores the American experience of Nepali refugees.

For Dundas, traveling to Nepal as a Fulbright is not her first international education experience. She also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar and also received an IES Africa Scholarship. During her time in South Africa, she worked in impoverished Cape Flat communities, teaching English as a Second Language to nine through 12-year-olds.

At Rochester, Dundas was involved in the campus chapter of GlobeMed, a student organization that is committed to improving the conditions of global health and advocating for social justice. As a tutor with UReading, she spent nearly 10 hours each week helping preschool children develop their language, literacy, math, and social skills at Rochester City School District School 29. She also served as a resident assistant for four semesters.

The Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for career-launching study, teaching, and research abroad and are designed to promote education and cultural exchange between the United States and other nations. Postgraduate scholars pursuing study or research design their own programs and arrange institutional affiliations in the host countries. The grants cover expenses such as travel and health insurance, and also provide a monthly stipend. Established by Congress in 1946, Fulbright is the largest federally sponsored international educational exchange program.

Twelve Undergrads Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad

Univ. Communications – Twelve University of Rochester students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for spring 2012. Recipients of this prestigious study abroad scholarship are chosen through a competitive process and use the award to offset the cost of pursing international education experiences.

Rochester’s undergraduates were selected from a national pool; more than 60 percent of the students who applied from the University received scholarships, in comparison to the national average of 30 percent. The recipients are:

• Kiera Anderson (Rochester, N.Y.), a junior majoring in psychology and English, will study in Milan, Italy.

•Rachel Bierasinski (Victor, N.Y.), a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, will study in Berlin, Germany.

•Janise Carmichael (Syracuse, N.Y.), a junior majoring in psychology and Spanish, will study in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

•Gabrielle Cornish (Elmira, N.Y.), a junior majoring in music and Russian Studies, will study in St. Petersburg, Russia.

•Allayna Dehond (Bergen, N.Y.), a sophomore studying biomedical engineering, will study in Sydney, Australia.

•Donias Doko (Hartford, Conn.), a senior majoring in neuroscience and history, will study in London, England.

•Shukri Dualeh (Tonawanda, N.Y.), a junior majoring in health, behavior and society, will study in Cape Town, South Africa.

•Maxine Humphrey (Rochester, N.Y.), a junior majoring in international relations, will study in Cape Town, South Africa.

•Marius Kothor (Rochester, N.Y.), a junior majoring in African & African-American Studies, will study in Rabat, Morocco.

•Heather Owen (Lockport, N.Y.), a junior majoring in English and mathematics, will study in London, England.

•Yaritza Perez (Bronx, N.Y.), a sophomore majoring in psychology, will study in Milan, Italy.

•Kellen Tsai (Flushing, N.Y.), a junior majoring in psychology, will study in Beijing, China.

“Again this semester, the Gilman scholarship is supporting our students as they study in five continents around the world, and we are pleased to note that since the beginning of the program, Rochester students have studied in 26 different countries through the scholarship,” said Jacqueline Levine, director of Rochester’s Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs.

Since the program’s inception in 2002, 90 University students have won Gilman awards. The scholarship, which provides financial assistance to students who are enrolled in study abroad programs worldwide, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education, which also administers the prestigious Fulbright fellowships. The program gives undergraduates awards of up to $5,000 each.

Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications. Photos courtesy of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

Rochester Students Awarded Competitive Study Abroad Scholarship

Univ. Communications – Nine University of Rochester students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for fall 2011. Students are chosen through a competitive application process. The scholarship program seeks to increase the number of students who choose non-traditional locations, students with financial need, and students from under-represented fields, such as engineering and science.

Nine undergraduates were selected from a national pool of applicants. This year’s recipients are:

Ki Cheng (Orlando, Fla.), a junior psychology major, will study in Copenhagen, Denmark. Breanna Eng (Holtsville, N.Y.), a junior chemistry major, will study in Auckland, New Zealand. Ryan Gelfand (Laytonsville, Md.), a junior archaeology, technology, and historical structures major, will study in Arezzo, Italy. Ashley Haluck-Kangas (Greensburg, Pa.), a senior biology major, will study in Helsinki, Finland. Kindred Harris (Hermansville, Miss.), a senior biology major, will study in London, United Kingdom. Nathaly Luna (Corona, N.Y.), a junior religion major, will study in Rabat, Morocco. Zachary Palomo (Hondo, Texas), a junior international relations and Russian major, will study in St. Petersburg, Russia. Megan Roberts (Rochester, N.Y.), a senior health and society major, will study in Cape Town, South Africa. Madeline Skellie (Greenwich, N.Y.), a junior international relations major, will study in Cape Town, South Africa.

Palomo and Roberts will be abroad for the full academic year. Seniors Haluck-Kangas and Roberts are studying abroad as part of Rochester’s Take Five program, which offers participating students a fifth, tuition-free year to pursue an interest beyond their traditional majors.

“Our students continue to be competitive when applying for scholarships such as the Gilman,” said Jacqueline Levine, director of Rochester’s Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs. “We are delighted that they have been recognized for their leadership and academic success and are thrilled that these scholarships will help them participate in study abroad programs in a variety of countries.”

Since the Gilman Scholarship began in 2002, 75 University of Rochester students have won Gilman awards. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education, which also administers the prestigious Fulbright fellowships. Selected undergraduates receive up to $8,000 each for tuition, travel, lodging, and insurance.