University of Rochester

University of Rochester Senior Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

April 7, 2006

University of Rochester senior Elizabeth B. Shaw has been named a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar to study and teach in Argentina. She will spend the academic year, which runs from March to November in the Southern Hemisphere, as an English teaching assistant while taking classes in Latin American history and culture. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to pursue a master's degree in education and teach Spanish at the secondary school level.

Shaw is completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish and a minor in French. During the fall of 2004 she studied in Santiago, Chile, where she also volunteered at a shelter for abused women and children. Shaw spent the spring semester of 2005 studying in France.

At Rochester, Shaw is a dean's list student as well as the recipient of the University's four-year Humanities and Social Science Award Scholarship and the Sophomore Book Award of Excellence from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. She is a teaching assistant for introductory Spanish and a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. In addition, Shaw volunteers in the community for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Shaw is a resident of Mexico, N.Y., and a graduate of Mexico Academy. During school breaks, she works as a substitute teacher in her hometown school district.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding and peace between the United States and other nations through educational and cultural exchange, the Fulbright Program offers opportunities for career-launching study, teaching, and research abroad. Scholars 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.