RECORD 3 NSF FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS IN 2013!
Plus 4 more students earn Honorable Mentions
The Fellowship Office congratulates three Loyola students who earned 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. These highly competitive and prestigious awards include a $30,000/yr stipend and tuition waiver for 3 years, plus summer research funding, for graduate school. This is the first time in Loyola's history that 3 students have earned an NSF Fellowship in a single year, and never before have 7 students overall been recognized as recipients of either an award or an honorable mention in one year. Information on each student and their graduate plans are summarized below.
2013 NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWS:
CAITLIN DeRANGO graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. degree in Anthropology, and minors in Biology and French Language and Literature. She is a Biological Anthropologist focusing on Primatology, and will begin graduate school at UCLA in the Fall of 2013. Caitlin will be conducting field research in Costa Rica on white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). She plans to examine coalitionary behavior in this New World Monkey species, investigating how coalitionary interactions are communicated, how and why patterns exist, and how variation in coalitionary strategies reflects aspects of capuchin social cognition.
ANNA SJODIN graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Biology (Ecology Emphasis), and minors in Psychology and Spanish. She will begin her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut in the Fall of 2013 in Ecology. Her research will focus on bats and how ecological factors affect the spread of infectious disease. As common vectors of many zoonotic diseases, bats play an important ecological role in emerging infectious diseases in both humans and wildlife. Anna also earned a 2010 Fellowship Incentive Grant (FIG) through the Fellowship Office to prepare for her first NSF application, which helped eventually to lead to this award.
JOSEPH SAELENS graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Bioinformatics. He currently attends Duke University and specializes in Microbiology. His ongoing laboratory research focuses on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which has a population structure that strongly mimics ancient human migration patterns out of Africa. Joe uses a whole genome sequencing approach to analyze the historical and geographical evolution of this bacterium that has been tightly linked to ancient human migrations.
2013 NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH HONORABLE MENTIONS:
AMY GALANTER graduated in Spring 2010 with majors in Environmental Science and Spanish. She now attends the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Her research focus is in Geosciences and, more specifically, Hydrology.
OWEN McKENNA graduated in Spring 2011 with a Biology major (Ecology emphasis) and a minor in Environmental Action and Leadership. He now attends Arizona State University and his research focus is Ecology.
BRYAN QUACH graduated in Spring 2012 with a major in Bioinformatics and a minor in Biostatistics. He now attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his research focus is in Genomics.
VINICIO REYNOSO graduated in Fall 2010 with a major in Bioinformatics and minors in Biology (Molecular Biology emphasis) and Spanish. He now attends the University of Texas at Austin and his research focus is Evolutionary Biology.
Are you interested in becoming the next NSF Graduate Fellow from Loyola? If so, please consult the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship website and this Fellowship Office site for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.
Are you interested in learning more about Fellowship Incentive Grants? If so, please consult our Fellowship Office site for more information. If you have any questions, again please feel free to contact us.
NEW LOYOLA WINNER OF NIH POST-BACCALAUREATE RESEARCH AWARD
Student to work in national neuroscience lab
The Fellowship Office congratulates Loyola’s latest winner of an NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA).
David Collins is a currently a senior in Molecular Biology, and a LUROP Biology Research Fellow. After graduating in May, he will begin the IRTA in the laboratory of Dr. Chris J. McBain at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), studying interneurons in the hippocampus.
The Fellowship Office recently gave an information session on applying successfully to the IRTA and to the NIH Summer Internship Program. If you are a Loyola student interested applying to one of these programs, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. At least one information session will be given specific to the NIH awards in the fall 2013 semester.
Congratulations to David on an award well earned!
Spring 2013 Gilman Scholars
Loyola Students in China and Spain
The Fellowship Office congratulates 3 Loyola students who were awarded Spring 2013 Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad.
JOHN HAYES is majoring in Computer Science and is conducting his studies in China.
RYANN HOWARD is majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish, with a minor in Visual Communication, and is conducting her studies in Spain.
GABRIELLE WRAY is majoring in Philosophy, with minors in Chemistry and Bioethics, and will be conducting her studies in China. Gabrielle also earned a 2012 Fellowship Incentive Grant through the Fellowship Office to prepare for her Gilman application.
Best wishes to each of you… and congratulations again on a job well done!!
Are you interested in becoming the next Gilman Scholar from Loyola? If so, please consult the Gilman International Scholarship website, the Office of International Program website, and this Fellowship Office site for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.
Two Loyola Critical Language Scholarship Awardees
Students Improve Language Skills in India and Morocco
The Fellowship Office congratulates two Loyola undergraduates for earning prestigious 2012 Critical Language Scholarships to study overseas.
RACHEL ALEXANDER will study Hindi in India. Rachel is an International Studies major, with minors in Asian Languages and Literature, Studio Art Ceramics, and Religious Studies.
CHRISTOPHER BENSON plans to study Arabic in Morocco. Christopher is a double major in Sociology/Anthropology and History, with minors in Islamic World Studies and Arabic Language and Culture.
Congratulations and best wishes to both Rachel and Christopher!!
If you are interested in the earning a Critical Language Scholarship in the future, please carefully review the CLS website, and then feel free to contact us at the Fellowship Office for more information and assistance.
Record 11 Gilman Scholarships in 2012
Loyola Students Study in Africa, Asia, and Europe
The Fellowship Office congratulates 11 Loyola students who were awarded 2012 Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. For the Spring 2012 semester, 4 students earned Gilman Scholarships, which at the time was the largest number of Loyolans to earn a Gilman Scholarship in one year, let alone one semester. However, we are pleased to report that both the semester and one-year records were very short-lived. After another student earned a summer award, 6 more Loyola undergraduates earned this honor for Fall 2012!
Our lengthy list of 2012 Gilman Scholars is as follows.
David Blount is majoring in Sociology and International Studies, with minors in African Studies and the African Diaspora and Urban Studies, and will be conducting his studies in China.
Ashley Erickson is majoring in Anthropology and International Studies, with a minor in Environmental Action and Leadership, and will be conducting her studies in Vietnam.
Ellen Hamel is majoring in Anthropology, and will be conducting her studies in Nepal.
Ariana Loehr is majoring in Anthropology, with minors in Asian Studies and Environmental Science, and will be conducting her studies in Vietnam.
Adilla Menayang is majoring in International Studies and will be conducting his studies in Italy.
Michael Niewiadomski is majoring in Biology and will be conducting his studies in Italy.
Coralia Davila is an undergraduate Business major and conducted her studies in China.
Jackie Cash is majoring in Economics and Marketing, with a minor in French, and conducted her studies in France.
Nellie Chung is majoring in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Fine Arts, and conducted her studies in Japan.
Kendra Cusic is majoring in Communication and conducted her studies in Ghana.
Marian Lopez is majoring in French, International Studies, and Political Science, with a minor in African Studies and the African Diaspora, and conducted her studies in France.
LOYOLA STUDENT EARNS 2012 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Laurel Yohe to attend SUNY-Stony Brook in Fall 2012
The Fellowship Office congratulates Laurel Yohe for earning a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Laurel graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Bioinformatics, and promptly went to Vietnam after earning a Fulbright Award for 2011-12. She plans to continue her research in avian phylogenetics and systematics in the Ecology and Evolution Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Laurel is a familiar name on our list of awardees, as one of four Loyola students to earn a Fulbright Award the previous year (see added information below, under "Record Nine Loyola Fulbright Awards in Two Years").
Another LOYOLA Fulbright Scholar!
Connor Dearing Earns Fulbright Award to South Korea
The Fellowship Office congratulates Connor Dearing, who was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for 2012-13 in South Korea. Connor graduated in May 2010 with B.A. degrees in International Sudies and Communication. Given Connor's career interests in working in education with a focus on first generation and international students, the Fulbright ETA is an especially significant award and honor for him. He is also specifically interested in South Korea to examine how its rapid economic transformation has affected the education and attitudes of its youth. Although currently living in Texas, Connor still worked closely with the Fellowship Office on his Fulbright application, proving that even after you graduate, you are still welcomed (and encouraged) to work with us on such exciting opportunities.
Congratulations Connor on a job very well done, and best wishes in South Korea.
If you are interested in becoming the next Fulbright Scholar from Loyola (even if you already graduated and live in far off lands like Texas!), please consult the Fulbright website and this Fellowship Office site and for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.
Record Nine Loyola Fulbright Awards in Two Years!
More than ever, Loyola students are on the move with prestigious Fulbright awards in hand. In the past 2 cycles (for work to be done in 2010-11 and 2011-12), nine Loyola undergraduates have earned Fulbrights. A brief summary of their work is presented below. The Fellowship Office congratulates each of them on their exceptional work.
CHANGE KWESELE graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in African Studies and the African Diaspora and International Studies, and was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant for 2011-12 in Zambia. Her proposed research focuses upon the unfortunate fact that young women in Zambia disproportionately exit secondary schools at very high rates. She intends to study an organization that has had considerable success in keeping young women in school, by encouraging gender-responsive school environments. Change will conduct her work both as a student and participant observer to examine the impact of this organization on the attitudes, retention, and completion rates of female students. Her research supports the far-reaching implications of a generation of young women professionals and leaders who empower and educate their families and communities, and also contributes to the collection and dissemination of information on the benefits and importance of girls’ education.
ARMAAN SIDDIQI graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies, and was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant for 2011-12 in Morocco. She will analyze Moroccan Muslim women's involvement in an Islamic social movement, specifically the Qadiri Boutchichi Sufi Order. She plans to assess if and how it empowers female participants in modern society, and whether this has been a motivation for women to join the order. After returning from her Fulbright research, Armaan plans to attend graduate school with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies and to pursue an academic career focused on the themes involved in her proposed research study.
LAUREL YOHE graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Bioinformatics and was awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant for 2011-12 in Vietnam. She will compare present distributional information of several bird species to past records from specimens in museum collections, as well as conduct field work in the Central and Southern Annamite mountains, to evaluate changes over time. Her work will prioritize areas in greatest need of conservation and expand Vietnam's knowledge base of biodiversity. Laurel's research provides her with the opportunity to enhance her career goals in biogeographical research, as well the ability to build ties with scientists abroad who are striving for the same goal of understanding the world around us and how to protect it.
LINDA (OANH) HO graduated in May 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology and was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) for 2012 in Malaysia. Linda has a passion for learning and teaching about other cultures, and accordingly, has been working as an assistant for Loyola’s Office for International Programs. Although Linda had to decline the award, it is still an honor to be offered such a competitive award.
RECORD FIVE NEW FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS IN 2010-11!
Loyola students on the road to Germany, India, and Morocco
The Fellowship Office congratulates five Loyola students who earned 2010-11 Fulbright Awards. This is a prestigious honor, providing not only tremendous educational opportunities but life-changing experiences for our newest "Fulbright Scholars". In addition, this is the first time in Loyola's history that 5 students have earned a Fulbright in a single year. Information on their proposed projects is summarized below.
TRACY (INGRAM) KARIM graduated in December 2007 with a BS in Elementary Education, and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Morocco. She will teach English to third-year university students at Moulay Ismail University. While in Morocco, Karim will continue her graduate studies, studying first-language acquisition at Northeastern Illinois University and will observe the use of language in bilingual or multilingual households that have children under 36 months of age.
ANDREA McKINLEY graduated in May 2010 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in India. Andrea believes that the defining purpose of today’s teachers is to prepare students for an internationally integrated society. As a teacher in India, she plans to assist a new generation to comprehend English, understand American culture, and become more educated world citizens. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she plans to research India’s educational system to compare and contrast teaching methodologies in the United States.
ERIC PORTS graduated in May 2010 with a B.A. in French and Political Science, and will conduct his Fulbright research in Morocco. Eric plans to study teaching farms, community-based efforts to support small farmers through education in sustainable agriculture. He will conduct interviews and other research in the field, as well as attend a class at the Agricultural Institute in Rabat. His work should deepen our understanding of community-based projects to promote more sustainable agriculture in North Africa and beyond, including the U.S.
MICHAEL STEICHEN graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy in May 2010 and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Germany. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, and using his musical talents and interests, Michael plans to promote cultural exchange by creating a jazz club or combo in his school and host community. He will also take some university courses in Philosophy. Michael should return to the U.S. with enhanced proficiency in German and invaluable teaching experiences, in preparation for his intended career as a teacher. Added Note: Michael also earned a 2009 Fellowship Incentive Grant to help prepare his application.
ALEXANDER LUCAS is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology and was awarded a Fulbright Award to Germany. He plans to work at Heidelberg University to explore evidence for contrasting constructions of Jewish identity and their relationships to inter- and intra-cultural tensions within first-century Rome. Insight into these tensions will not only have academic implications for the time period being studied, but will also serve as a resource for increased dialogue and mutual understanding of contemporary issues between and within different religions today.
The Fellowship Office congratulates TERRY BERNA for earning a Gilman International Scholarship to study in Uganda for the Fall 2010 semester.
Terry is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Anthropology. He will be conducting his studies, with a focus on development issues in the region, at Makerere University in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
The Fellowship Office congratulates Hector Brown, a 2007 winner of a Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, who graduated in May 2009 with a B.A. degree in International Studies and Political Science. Hector is continuing his work as a Pickering Fellow this summer in Washington, DC, in the form of a domestic internship at the State Department, working in Secretary Clinton's Operation Center. In August, he will move to the Boston area and be enrolled at the Fletcher School at Tufts University as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate for 2011. The Pickering Fellowship pays all expenses for his first year, and the respective graduate school pays all expenses for the second year. After graduate school, Hector will serve for four years as a Foreign Service Officer, and be tenured in the Foreign Service.
Are you interested in becoming the next Pickering Fellow from Loyola? If so, please first consult their website for eligibility and other information and be sure to note the lengthy commitment of this award. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.
Katherine Cioch Earns Fulbright Award to Study in Poland
The Fellowship Office congratulates Katherine Cioch, who was awarded with a Fulbright Full Research Grant for 2009-10 in Poland. In 2008, Katherine earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology, and in May 2009 she completed her M.A. in International and Comparative Politics. Her proposed research focuses upon human trafficking, a complex, international phenomenon that has grown exponentially with the increase of globalization. Katherine seeks to investigate and evaluate the role of The La Strada Foundation Against Trafficking in Persons and Slavery, a Polish NGO dedicated to combating and preventing human trafficking in Poland. A primary goal of her research is to provide insight into how anti-trafficking NGOs and government institutions can work to better prevent this problem, and whether the successful measures utilized by this organization in Poland can be replicated in other countries where human trafficking is especially problematic.
Congratulations Katherine on a job very well done, and best wishes on such an important research endeavor.
Four Loyola Undergraduates Earn Prestigious Fulbright Award for 2008-2009
The Fellowship Office congratulates four Loyola students who were awarded with Fulbright Full Research Grants, a prestigious honor that offers each student one academic year of international research experience in the area of their choice. Each student worked on the application during the summer of 2007, submitted it before September 2007 campus application deadline, and was notified of the honor in the late spring or summer of 2008, to conduct research during the 2008-2009 academic year.
Information on our newest Fulbright Scholars, and their proposed research projects. is summarized below.
Stephanie Baldwin graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Her research examines the methods and successes of The Support Group for the Education of Rural Girls, a Moroccan non-governmental organization that works to ensure that young girls throughout Morocco have access to an education. She will intern with the organization, conduct field interviews, and attend classes at Mohammed V University. Stephanie was also awarded a Critical Language Enhancement Award, to intensively study Arabic prior to the start of her project.
Katherine Good graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Anthropology and B.A. International Studies. She earned a special mtvU Fulbright, and will produce podcasts that anthropologically explore the Mexican youth renaissance of performing various pre-rock music styles. Recording at the School of Mexican Music in Mexico City and the danzón and son jarocho scenes of Veracruz, her podcasts will serve Mexico as documents of a new cultural trend. Live performances and interviews will be featured, to both entertain and educate Mexican and American audiences.
Matthew Murphy graduated with a B.A. in Spanish in 2007. He will work with the Moroccan medical and academic communities, focusing on the area of primary health care and preventative medicine, and more specifically, on the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS. He will focus on the public health approach that the government has initiated (The National Strategic Plan), and the factors and goals that influenced the creation of the different measures implemented to combat the spread of the disease.
Lana Nassar graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science. Lana will study Christians in Jordan in relation to their social, political, and economic opportunities in the country. She will investigate their relationship with the Muslim majority, with the goal of furthering discussions of inter-religious harmony in the region. Lana was also awarded a Critical Language Enhancement Award, to intensively study Arabic prior to the start of her project.
The Fellowship Office congratulates two Loyola students who were awarded Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the Fall 2009 semester. Information on our newest Gilman Scholars is summarized below.
Change Kwesele is majoring in International Studies and will be conducting her studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Change also was awarded a 2009 Fellowship Incentive Grant to help her prepare her application.
Chelsea Lund is majoring in International Business and Economics and will be conducting her studies at Loyola’s Beijing Center in China.
Bon voyage, Change and Chelsea, and congratulations again on a job well done!
Are you interested in becoming the next Gilman Scholar from Loyola? If so, please consult the Gilman International Scholarship website, the Office of International Program website, and this Fellowship Office site and for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.
The Fellowship Office congratulates Sadia Nawab who was awarded a 2009 Young People For (YP4) Fellowship.
YP4 offers a year-long fellowship in leadership development that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders to create lasting change in their communities or on campus. Sadia joined about 300 other college students from around the nation to begin her fellowship with a five-day National Summit meeting in Washington, D.C. in February, 2009. At the summit, students met with other young leaders and learned powerful strategies and tactics for creating sustainable social change.
Sadia’s specific project deals with health care reform within the Juvenile Justice System in Chicago. Her main goal is to make sure that disadvantaged youth are getting their hygienic supplies regularly and on time, and to establish HIV screenings and Disease Spread workshops at the prison site. Sadia is an Anthropology major and a strong advocate for proper health care for all youth.
Are you interested in becoming the next YP4 Fellowship winner from Loyola? If so, please first consult their website at: http://www.yp4.org If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and the Fellowship Office will be happy to assist you.