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Twelve Dartmouth students and graduates received Fulbright scholarships

Recipient scholarships teach English, conduct independent research, and participate in graduate programs around the world.

Adriana James-Rodil | 5/26/22 5:00 am

According to the Fulbright Program website, on May 19, the university announced that 12 students and graduates were awarded Fulbright scholarships. This year’s Fulbright winners will travel to different countries such as Luxembourg, Taiwan, Czech Republic, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Shera Bhala ’22, Matthew Chen ’21, Margaret Ferris ’22, Alexandra Hawley ’19, Lucas Joshi ’23, Sophia Miller ’22, Dominique Mobley ’22, Ethan Moon ’22, Zonía Moore ’16, Mia Nelson ’22, Samuel O’Brien ’22 and Ian Reinke ’22 were awarded Fulbright scholarships from 2022 to 2023, respectively.

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is sponsored by the US Government and, according to the university’s announcement, offers educational programs in more than 140 countries aimed at connecting Americans with communities around the world.

According to Fellowship’s Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Dean, who advises Christie Harner, fellowship advice usually begins in the spring semester, a year before the student plans to apply.

“When students start thinking about it, they start thinking about which country makes sense to them, and it’s the language they speak, the interesting research they may have done, the family connection to a particular country. I’m also thinking about the types of Fulbright that have something to do with my previous studies abroad, “Harner said.

There are three types of Fulbright scholarships. A year of foreign English teaching assistant, a year of independent research in partnership with an existing organization or academic leader, and enrollment in a master’s or doctoral program in another country.

The Fellowship Advising Office brainstorms essay topics to identify who is the best recommender, while reading student applications later in the process and providing feedback to help students in the application process. We support. According to Harner, these applications will be read by the university committee interviewing the applicant in September and then receive further feedback by the application deadline in October.

“I think the most important thing people need to know is that fellowship advice is there. It’s never too early to start a conversation,” Harner said.

One of this year’s winners, Chen, has just graduated from San Marino, California and majored in quantitative social sciences as an undergraduate. He was awarded an English Teaching Assistant Grant in Taiwan.

“I was really interested in going abroad for a year. I used to go to Taiwan to study mandarin but wanted to go back someday. It really matches Fulbright’s goals and cultural exchange ideas. I did, “Chen said.

Chen, along with another Taiwanese teacher, will support English lessons in the countryside of Taiwan. A year after Fulbright, he said he would attend medical school.

Joshi, a Hispanic and Lusophone research major from Easton, Maryland, was awarded a research grant in India.

Joshi said he would work in Goa for nine months with other professors at Goa University who are familiar with Indian and Portuguese culture and literature and who are familiar with his research projects from previous experience. At the end of the project, he said their collaborative work would be “hopefully” published in a journal article.

Due to the pandemic, Joshi said both his study abroad programs in Madrid and São Paulo were cancelled. As a result, he said his inability to immerse himself in other countries while in Dartmouth prompted him to apply for a Fulbright scholarship.

“Most of my research is focused on Goa, India, looking at various questions about the identity, mourning, memory, and post-colonial heritage of Asians of African descent,” said Joshi. , I wanted to see it actually bear fruit. ”

Following the year of Fulbright, Joshi said he would start graduate school at Brown University in the fall of 2023.

Chen said he was fortunate to have all the resources he was given to him at the university and at home where he made the scholarship possible, especially his research at the Geisel School of Medicine and his involvement in the Upper Valley Speed ​​Skating Club.

“I think this fellowship is a realization of a great community around me, both at Dartmouth and at home,” said Chen.

Shera Bhala ’22, Dominique Mobley ’22 and Mia Nelson ’22 are members of Dartmouth’s staff.

Corrections added (May 26, 4:30 pm): Earlier versions of this article incorrectly stated that Lucas Joshi’s work focused on African-African identities. Joshi’s work is about the identity of Afroasia. The article has been updated.

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