Loyola University Chicago

Fellowship Office

Student Academic Services

Award winners 2010


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.