Fulbright Grantees conducting projects in 2013-2014 academic year - Fulbright Project Summaries


Jessica Asperger (BA in Philosophy, ‘13) Brazil ETA – will work as an English teaching assistant in Brazil, and outside the classroom plans to begin a student vocal group to draw from Amerian popular music and a cappella standards.

Rostislav Castillo (MD in Medicine, ’16) Peru – will be implementing interventions in HIV/AIDS transmission in Lima’s transgender women population, and will analyze data gathered from these interventions and develop policy proposals to improve transwomen health outcomes.

Doria Charlson (BA in History, ’13) France – will conduct a cultural and historical study of the Jewish community of Strasbourg, following the French-Algerian War of 1962, with a focus on issues of assimilation and integration of North African Jews into the established, traditional Alsatian Jewish community. 

Bianca Dang (BA in History, ’13) Vietnam ETA –will assist in English courses at Hai Duong College in northern Vietnam. Plans to emphasize the cross-cultural aspect of this program through student-run activities.

Camil Diaz (BS in Engineering, ’13) Philippines – will develop biofortified rice towards combating iron deficiencies, and to facilitate technology implementation by farmers through fieldwork and educational workshops on iron-enriched crops.

David Kastner (MD-PhD in Neuroscience/Medicine, ’14) Switzerland – will develop techniques and generate hypotheses to understand these psychiatric diseases from the perspective of the computations that go awry within the brain.

Jeffrey Knott (PhD in Japanese Literature, in ’15) Japan – will be investigating the history of the Tale of Genji, Japan’s best-known classic, by tracing its reception among pre-modern readers through the evidence of their commentary literature.

Maneeshika Madduri, (BS in Engineering, ’13) Nepal – will evaluate the effectiveness and reproducibility of a grid-connected solar panel system in Kathmandu, Nepal, specifically in regards to whether this system can help alleviate Nepal’s energy crisis.

Hannah Marcus (PhD in History, ’16) Italy – will examine the conversations between scholars and censors as they negotiated the unstable relationships between reading, writing, and orthodoxy in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Surabhi Nirkhe (BS in Human Biology, ’13) India – will study the social determinants of contraceptive use among married adolescent women in India.

Eda Pepi (PhD in Anthropology, ’16) Jordan – will examine the relationship between citizenship, marriage, and kinship in Jordan through nationality laws and explore the effects of such laws on mixed families.

(Jessica) Ré Phillips (BA in African & African-American Studies, ’10) China – will conduct research on African educational migration to Guangzhou, and investigate the migratory experiences of African students in Guangzhou, including analyzing their pre-migratory motivations for studying in China, the post-migratory challenges encountered, and the contributions made to wider Chinese society.

Jason Protass (PhD in Religious Studies, ’15) Taiwan – will research Buddhist monk Daoqian's (1043-1112?) occasional and religious poetry, a unique set of sources for his social and intellectual life, in order to study the important relationship between poetry and Buddhist monasticism in China's Middle Period.

Jessica Richman (AB Economics; BS Science, Technology & Society (emphasis in computer science), ’09) Poland – will examine the effect of technology entrepreneurship incubators on economic development and EU integration in Poland.

Mari Tanabe (BA in English, ’13) Taiwan ETA – will teach English in Taichung, Taiwan, sharing a love of creative writing with students in elementary or middle school.

Jessica Topacio Long (BA in International Relations, ’07) Russia – will research Russia’s generation gap and its impact on youth identity in post-Soviet Russia, and will write a screenplay that captures the coming-of-age experience in modern Russia.

Flora Wang (BA in International Relations, ’13) China – will research the sociological and cultural factors that contributed to the 2003 marriage reform law, and its implementation in China, through networking, archival research and university classes.  Will be affiliated with Xi’an Jiaotong University Law School.

Jamie Yuen-Shore (BA in Urban Studies & MA in Sociology, ’13) Uruguay ETA - utilizing experience studying ethnic and linguistic diversity in her Urban Studies and Sociology coursework, as well as several years of teaching underserved students, she hopes to employ art and performance as a vehicle for accessible English language education.

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