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UW Madison: 18 UW Madison students win Fulbright grants to study abroad
5/4/2018

CONTACT: Steven Barcus, sbarcus@wisc.edu, (608) 262-5590

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce that 18 students have been selected to receive grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

These UW-Madison students are among over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

"The University of Wisconsin-Madison is immensely proud of these students," said Guido Podestα, vice provost and dean of UW-Madison's International Division. "The Fulbright Program is an incredible platform for world research and intercultural exchange. I am pleased so many students from our university were selected for this honor."

Fulbright finalist Emma Strenski, an international studies and history major, will be conducting research in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The award will give her the opportunity to continue research she began with her senior thesis titled, "The Brcko Arbitration: A New Way of Contextualizing Ethnicity in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

This topic has special significance to Strenski as her grandfather was an attorney during the Brcko Arbitration. Strenski said the research is a way of continuing his legacy through historicizing a moment in which her grandfather played a part.

Strenski also said that learning more about the arbitration may hold very relevant lessons for Americans as they work with other nations and cultures.

"There is a real lack of knowledge about the Balkans in general in the United States," Strenski said. "This is a unique American intervention in peacemaking and nation building. Up until 2018 it has been successful. Part of doing this project is to educate more Americans on a recent intervention and bring this solution into more conversations."

Ten UW-Madison finalists (listed here with degree, major(s), and destination country) have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for study/research abroad:

• Stephanie Duchatellier (PhD), anthropology, Thailand

• Yasha Hoffman (BA), music composition, Russian language and civilization, Kazakhstan

• Kayla Huemer (BA), biomedical engineering, India

• Hannah Lider (BA), biomedical engineering, India

• Margarethe McDonald (PhD), communication sciences and disorders, South Korea

• Ian McQuistion (PhD), German literature, Germany

• Karma Palzom (PhD), history, India

• Marin Skidmore (PhD), agricultural and applied economics, Brazil

• Emma Strenski (BA), international studies and history, Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Teresa Turco (BS), psychology and economics, Netherlands

Eight UW-Madison finalists (listed here with degree, major(s), and destination country) have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for English Teaching Assistantships:

• Clare Cimperman (BS/BA), biochemistry and Chinese, Taiwan

• Kelly Fisher (BA), history, Norway

• Ellen Opitz (BA), German and geography, Germany

• Diana Pavon (BA), political science and LACIS, Mexico

• Britta Pigorsch (BA), elementary education and political science, Netherlands

• Liza Pincsak (MA), teaching, Colombia

• Neda Sattler (MA), linguistics and Asian languages and culture, Germany

• Connor Touhey (BA), political science, journalism and mass communication, history, Malaysia

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright. READ THE FULL STORY: https://international.wisc.edu/uw-madison-announces-fulbright-awards-for-2018-2019/
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