Smith Scholars With Places to Go
In possession of a handful of fellowships and prestigious research grants for the 2000-01 academic year, Smith students and alumnae, many of them recently graduated, have headed this fall to a variety of far-off places.
Erika Noebel AC '00 is studying in Tromsø, Norway, courtesy of a one-year Fulbright Fellowship. Noebel, who graduated in May, has specialized in contemporary European studies under the guidance of Karen Alter, assistant professor of government. During her fellowship, Noebel plans to build on research begun at Smith.
Each year the Fulbright Program allows more than 800 Americans to study in over 100 nations. Grants are awarded to the best qualified students regardless of degree level, but preference is for recent college graduates who are working on a specific study project in which they have had some undergraduate preparation.
Three other members of the class of 2000 also received Fulbright grants: Elizabeth Nolan will study in France and conduct an investigation of fluorescent siderophore-iron complexes. Claire Rusnak is in Spain conducting research on farmwork-ers there. Melanie Monroe is in Benin, West Africa, looking at the primary education system for girls since the country gained democracy.
Also the recipient of a Fulbright is alumna Sara Manya, class of 1996. She is in the Netherlands studying dance and choreography at the Rotterdam Dansacademie.
Tanja Gohlert '00 and Alison Kachmar '00 have been awarded grants by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for graduate study and research in Germany this academic year. Gohlert will study Germany's relationship with the European Union at the University of Hamburg. Kachmar will research the Socialist Unity Party in Leipzig.
Sindhumathi Revuluri '00 received an
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, which she
plans to use to pursue doctoral studies in historical musicology.
The Mellon fellowship, which assists exceptional students in
preparing for careers in teaching and scholarship in the humanities,
covers tuition and fees for the first year of a doctoral program
and includes a $14,750 stipend. Revuluri, whose field is music
history and theory, was one of 85 winners nationally.
Eliza Garrison '94 has been awarded a Bundeskanzler Scholarship, created in 1990 by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to young professionals and scholars who exhibit strong leadership potential. With the fellowship, Garrison plans to complete her dissertation. Research on her project, titled "The Art Policy of Emperor Henry II," will take her to Munich, Aachen, Paris, Rome and Berlin. Garrison is a graduate student in art history at Northwestern University.
Anna-Marie Soellner '98 attended the Democratic National Convention in California in August and then began one year as a Luce Scholar in Asia. She is working in Hong Kong for Martin Lee, chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party and a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. According to Anna-Marie, she will be working for "one of the leading pro-democracy dissidents in Asia." An American studies and government major at Smith, Anna-Marie has been working on Capitol Hill in Washington since graduation, most recently in the legislative affairs office of the United States Department of the Treasury. She says she sought the Luce award because she wanted to broaden her political horizons-which will now extend all the way to Asia.
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