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Award winners 2011


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 Global and International Studies 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. 

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.

2011-12 AWARDEES:

CHANGE KWESELE graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in African Studies and the African Diaspora and Global 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 Global 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.