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Updated 11/25/14

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FOR the first time in 32 years, a Smith College candidate has won the highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Tess Grogan '14 applied to study English Literature at St Andrews University in Scotland. Read the full story at

The Class of 2015 has set a new Smith Fulbright record with 43 candidates in the 2014-15 Fulbright competition year, applying to 28 countries, seven of which will be new to Smith: Belgium, Lesotho, Macau, Mongolia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Thailand.

Of these Candidates, 23 are applying for Research/Study Fellowships in 14 fields of study to 17 countries while 20 Candidates are applying for English Teaching Assistantships to 14 countries.

Among our applicants, 20 are minorities, which sets a new record for Smith Fulbright applicants of 46 percent minority applicants.

Smith faculty and staff came forward with about 250 supporters in the form of 45 Faculty Fulbright Mentors, 101 Recommenders, 78 Consultants, and 21 Foreign Language Evaluators.

Staff members from the Clark Science, Jacobson, Lazarus, and Lewis Global Studies centers, the Registrar's, Class Deans' and Diversity offices, and IRB and ITS, pitched in with key support.

It is this rallying around that helps keep Smith the strongest Fulbright program in the nation with the highest success ratio of winners to applicants among all institutions.

Please notify us via the easy form of any Smith fellowships winner not listed below.


1 Marshall Scholar
1 Amgen Foundation Scholar
1 GRO (Greater Research Opportunities) Fellow

43 Fulbright


1 Marshall Scholar

Tess Grogan '14
Nominator: William Oram
Sponsor: Jefferson Hunter
Recommenders: Michael Gorra, Jefferson Hunter, Naomi Miller, William Oram
Consultants: Michael Gorra, Jefferson Hunter, Naomi Miller, William Oram
Interview Coach: Stacie Hagenbaugh
Practice Interviewers: Don Baumer, Tom Bernard, John Connolly, Patricia DiBartolo, Rob Dorit, Justina Gregory, Simon Halliday, Debra Kramer, Margaret Lamb, Susan Levin, Donna Lisker, Katy McColl '99, Bob Merritt, Rick Millington, Thalia Pandiri, Tom Riddell, Don Robinson, Sam Samuels, Deb Shaver, Kevin Shea, Audrey Smith, Vicky Spelman, Michael Thurston, Carol Zaleski

1 Amgen Foundation Scholar

ShuMing Huang '15
Mentor: Sarah Reisman
Recommenders: Kevin Shea, David Gorin, Sara Sandstrom

1 GRO (Greater Research Opportunities) Fellow

Eden Bonjo '16
Mentor: Susan Van Dyne
Recommenders: L. David Smith, Nehemiah Hodges
Consultant: Daryl Gehman


43 Fulbright

Amelia Burke '15
Morocco: Agriculture
"How Different Grazing Methods Stimulate Atlas Mountain Pasture Regrowth"
Mentor: Greg White
Recommenders: Abdelkader Berrahmoun, Paul Wetzel
Consultants: Nola Reinhardt, Nadya Sbaiti

"Nicole" Grace Chang '15
Taiwan: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Janice Gatty
Recommenders: Susan Etheredge, Janice Gatty

Emily Clark '15
Trinidad and Tobago: Environmental Studies
"Assessment of Marine Resource Use for Sustaining Artisanal Fisheries"
Mentor: Paulette Peckol
Recommenders: Virginia Hayssen, Paulette Peckol, L. David Smith
Consultant: Camille Washington-Ottombre

Anna Compere '15
Rwanda: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Joanne Corbin
Recommenders: Jeffrey Ahlman, Mehammed Mack, Caroline Melly

Ana Darrow '15
United Kingdom: Theater Studies
"The Generative Potential of a Disability Aesthetic of Performance"
Mentor: Kevin Rozario
Recommenders: Andrea Hairston, Christen Mucher, Kevin Rozario
Consultants: Chris Aiken, Christen Mucher, Elizabeth Pryor, Candice Salyers

"Thea" Theadora Dennis '15
Belgium: Biology
"Discovering New Targets for Breast Cancer Therapy: A Unique Fatty Acid Pathway"
Mentor: Rob Dorit
Recommender: Robert Dorit

Marisal Dobbins '15
China: Area Studies
"Successful Watershed Conservation for Water Resource Security in Lashi, Yunnan"
Mentor: Andy Rotman
Recommender: Craig Davis
Consultants: Craig Davis

Julia Dobner-Pereira '12
Lesotho: Theater Studies
"Applied Theatre Participation to Improve Wetlands Preservation"
Mentor: Daniel Kramer
Recommender: Patricia DiBartolo

Jordan Dubin '15
Argentina: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Sam Intrator
Recommenders: Ibtissam Bouachrine, Sam Intrator, Christine Shelton

Dylan Farrell '12
Peru: Sociology
"Urban Agriculture: Growing Women's Access to Food Sustainability"
Mentor: Elisabeth Armstrong
Recommenders: Elisabeth Armstrong, Payal Banerjee
Consultants: Michelle Joffroy

"Seher" Afreen Gandhi '15
Malaysia: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Pinky Hota
Recommenders: Nalini Bhushan, Andrea Hairston, Ellen Kaplan
Consultants: Peter Sapira

Rebecca Gerdes '15
United Kingdom: Archeology
"Preserving Ancient Pottery: Unearthing Cultural Practices Using a Cutting-Edge Technique"
Mentors: Rob Dorit and Kate Queeney
Recommenders: Scott Bradbury, David Dempsey, Kate Queeney
Consultants: Lale Burk, Stacie Hagenbaugh, Clarke Knight, Mark Pollard

"Mari" Marichuy Gomez '14
Turkey: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Helen Visentin
Recommenders: Velma Garcia, Jennifer Guglielmo, Gary Lehring
Consultant: Gregory White

Symone Gosby '15
South Korea: Sociology
"Invisibility Becoming Visible: Disability Rights Movement Advancements"
Mentor: Brent Durbin
Recommenders: Brent Durbin, Jina Kim, Laura Rauscher
Consultants: Andrea Kang, Aileen Kim, Jina Kim, Laura Rauscher

Stephanie Greene '15
Mexico: Performance Art
"Bodies in Motion: The Impact of New Wave Feminism on Cross-Border Culture"
Mentor: John Gibson
Recommender: John Gibson
Consultants: Stacy Finkelstein, Amanda Herman

Angela Hwang '15
Thailand: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Charles Staelin
Recommenders: Yalin Chen, Simon Halliday, Charles Staelin

Caitlin Jordan '13 AC
Indonesia: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Dennis Yasutomo
Recommender: Dennis Yasutomo

Danielle Julien Trice '14
South Korea: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Lucy Mule
Recommenders: Marnie Anderson, Rob Dorit, William Oram
Consultants: Marnie Anderson, William Oram

Hannah Kaplan-Hartlaub '15
Spain: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Maria Estela Harretche
Recommenders: Maria Estela Harretche, Tina Wildhagen
Consultant: Tina Wildhagen

Mekala Keshu '15
India: Psychology
"Exploring Psychosocial Support Systems As a Preventive Measure Against Dementia"
Mentor: Peter de Villiers
Recommenders: Bill Peterson, Peter de Villiers
Consultants: Mary Harrington, Bill Peterson, Jill de Villiers

"Jenny" Jennifer Koss '14
South Korea: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Jina Kim
Recommenders: Marnie Anderson, James Middlebrook
Consultants: Marnie Anderson, James Middlebrook

Kay Kulason '15
Japan: Biology
"The Effects of Learning Therapy on Patients with Postoperative Cognitive Decline"
Mentor: Mary Harrington
Recommenders: Mary Harrington, Maki Hubbard
Consultants: Katherine Halvorsen, Thomas Rohlich, Dennis and Mrs. Yasutomo

"Jackie" Jacqueline Leahy '14
Kazakhstan: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Nalini Bhushan
Recommenders: Nalini Bhushan, Naomi Miller

Noemi Linares-Ramirez '15
Brazil: Sociology
"Progress Towards Improving the Quality of Life of Indigenous People in São Paulo"
Mentor: Nancy Whittier
Recommenders: Malcolm McNee, Marc Steinberg, Nancy Whittier
Consultant: Marguerite Harrison

Elisabeth Mah '15
South Korea: Psychology
"Influence of Personality Traits and Cultural Identity on Interpersonal Relationships"
Mentor: Bill Peterson
Recommenders: Jina Kim, Bill Peterson, Dennis Yasutomo
Consultants: Andrea Kang, Jina Kim, Dennis Yasutomo

Paxton Misra '15
Germany: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Roisin O'Sullivan
Recommenders: Jeffrey Ahlman, Jocelyne Kolb, Roisin O'Sullivan
Consultants: Jeffrey Ahlman, Joseph McVeigh, Christen Mucher

Milanes Morejon '15
Brazil: Anthropology
"Cultural Bridge: Immigrant Integration Success through a São Paulo Community Center"
Mentor: Michelle Joffroy
Recommenders: Jennifer Guglielmo, Marguerite Harrison, Malcolm McNee
Consultants: Jennifer Guglielmo, Marguerite Harrison, Malcolm McNee

Monica Munoz '15J
Spain: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Rick Fantasia
Recommenders: Ginetta Candelario, L'Tanya Richmond, Nancy Whittier

McClain Musson '12
Colombia: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Jennifer Guglielmo
Recommender: Jennifer Guglielmo

Alice Ng '15
Macau: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Alice Hearst
Recommenders: Patrick Coby, Martine Gantrel-Ford
Consultant: Ruth Isserman

Vy Nguyen '15
South Korea: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Richard Millington
Recommenders: Suk Massey, William Oram
Consultants: Suk Massey, William Oram

Lindsey Osburnsen '15
Mozambique: Language and Literature
"Writing Spaces: Completing the Story of Contemporary Mozambican Literature"
Mentor: Malcolm McNee
Recommenders: Michael Gorra, Marguerite Harrison, William Oram
Consultants: Marguerite Harrison, Katwiwa Mula, Ellen Watson

Mariah Prescott '14
Germany: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Judith Keyler-Mayer
Recommenders: John Connolly, Judith Keyler-Mayer, Jocelyne Kolb
Consultants: Emily Coda, John Connolly, Nora Nadire

"Edie" Maredith Richardson '15
France: Law
"Analysis of the Enforcement of Anti-Hate Speech Laws to Gauge their Effectiveness"
Mentor: Jonathan Gosnell
Recommenders: Martine Gantrel-Ford, Jonathan Gosnell, Alice Hearst
Consultants: Debra Carney, Marc Lendler, Mehammed Mack, Denise Rochat

"Izzy" Isabelle Ross '15
Germany: Political Science, Misc.
"Funny Serious: Stand-up Comedy's Progression on Cabaret's Social and Political Commentary"
Mentors: Justin Cammy and Joel Westerdale
Recommenders: Justin Cammy, Martine Gantrel-Ford
Consultants: Judith Keyler-Mayer, Joseph McVeigh

Kirsten Silfvenius '13
Mongolia: Anthropology
"Becoming Prepared: Mongolian Scouting as Youth Empowerment"
Mentor: Suzanne Gottschang
Recommender: Suzanne Gottschang

Fuchsia Spring '15
Turkey: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: William Oram
Recommenders: Jeffrey Ahlman, Richard Millington, William Oram

Greta Stacy '15
Indonesia: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Kevin Rozario
Recommenders: Glenn Ellis, David Gorin, Kevin Shea

Ayla Staelin-Lefsky '15
Jordan: History, Cultural and Intellectual
"Living Artifacts: Involving Community Stakeholders to Promote Archaeological Preservation"
Mentor: Ernest Benz
Recommender: Ernest Benz

Chloe Vaughn '15
Germany: History, Cultural and Intellectual
"From Goethe to Goebbels: Hamburg's German Studies as Influenced by National Socialism"
Mentor: Joseph McVeigh
Recommenders: Ernest Benz, Jocelyne Kolb, Joseph McVeigh
Consultant: Ernest Benz

"Alice" Yiqian Wang '15
United Kingdom: Political Science, Misc.
"The Influence of Affluence: Impact of Economic Disparity on Democratic Governance"
Mentor: Susan Levin
Recommender: Susan Levin
Consultants: Donald Baumer, Pat Coby, Greg White

Anne Wyszewianski '15
Japan: Language and Literature
"In Her Own Words: The Liberating Role of Women's Memoirs in Modern Japan"
Mentor: Kimberly Kono
Recommenders: Kimberly Kono, Thomas Rohlich, Dennis Yasutomo
Consultants: Ginetta Candelario, Maki Hubbard, Eeva Sointu

Samantha Zizi '15
Mexico: English Teaching Assistantship
Mentor: Patricia Gonzalez
Recommenders: Julio Alves, Margaret Bruzelius, Kate Queeney
Consultants: Julio Alves, Michelle Joffroy, Brian Turner