Seven students earn Fulbright honors; others to study abroad
May 11th, 2007
The University of Louisville made a clean sweep of Fulbright honors for 2007-08. The seven students who cleared the U.S. national committee competition in January have been chosen to research and teach abroad.
“This is most unusual, since typically countries receive one-third to one-half as many more recommended candidates from the U.S. national screening committee than they have placements available for in that year,” said Pat Condon, associate director of the university’s Honors Program.
UofL’s Fulbright recipients are:
- Sean Deskins of Pikeville, who will graduate from UofL’s Brandeis School of Law. Deskins will go to the Slovak Republic to research the impact that joining the European Union has on Slovakia’s labor law. Deskins earned his undergraduate degrees in history and Latin American studies at UofL.
- Sarah Young Ngoh of Jeffersonville, Ind., a graduate student in Pan-African studies. Ngoh will research the literature of black Trinidadian female writers while in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Kimberly Powers of Louisville, a senior majoring in history and fine arts. Powers will do research, take cultural anthropology courses at American University-Central Asia and study Russian and Krygyz languages in the Kyrgyz Republic. Powers also received a National Security Education Program/David L. Boren awards for a year's study abroad. The federal scholarships go to students majoring in disciplines related to national security. She will study Russian through a program affiliated with Moscow International University.
- Paul Meinshausen of Radcliff, a senior anthropology major now studying in Turkey on a National Security Education Program/David Boren Award for study abroad. Meinshausen earned an extra year’s study in Turkey and will take graduate courses in Eurasian studies at Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara. He also won a Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award to study Turkish intensively this summer.
- Glyptus Ann “Glypie” Grider of Owenton, a senior McConnell Scholar with majors in communication and political science. Grider will be a teaching assistant in Korea.
- Patricia Guardiola-Bright of Louisville, a graduate student in art history. Guardiola-Bright will be a teaching assistant in Andorra.
- Kenneth Moore of Mayfield, a senior majoring in mathematics. Moore will be a teaching assistant in Indonesia.
UofL students have won 19 Fulbrights in five years; of those, the previous maximum number per year was four in both 2004 and 2005. The U.S. Department of State offers the exchange in more than 155 countries.
Additional International Study Awards
Other UofL students will hone their language and research skills in other countries this summer through nationally and locally awarded honors. They are:
- Cara Uccellini of Louisville, a junior majoring in French and political science, won the undergraduate NSEP award to study Romanian at University of Bucharest next year.
- Monica Marks, a Rush senior political science major, won a Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Tunisia this summer. She has been studying Swahili and east African development in Tanzania this year through NSEP.
- Erin McCoy, a Fisherville junior majoring in French and Spanish, won a Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian in St. Petersburg this summer.
- Sarah Oesterly, a Louisville senior majoring in anthropology, art and Spanish, will study at University of Guanajuato in Mexico; Emily Robinson, a Richmond senior majoring in French and humanities, will study at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada; and Jackie Roe, a Louisville senior liberal studies major, will study at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All three are World Scholars, a program funded by UofL's College of Arts and Sciences for a semester or year in a country where the principal language is not English. (See related story)
- Brian Tate, a Brooksville junior mechanical engineering major chosen as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, will pursue graduate studies in management of technology at the National University of Singapore.
- Brandon Meeks of Louisville, and Bethany Johnson of Baxter, both seniors majoring in English and humanities, received English Speaking Union Kentucky branch collegiate scholarships to study at Cambridge University in England this summer.