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McClure Is 14th BC Fulbright Winner

(6-2-2006) — Chelmsford, Mass., native Kelly McClure has become the 14th member of the Boston College Class of 2006 to receive a prestigious Fulbright award, which supports a year's post-baccalaureate study abroad.

The 14 Fulbright awards match the highest one-year total ever recorded at BC, in 2002.

McClure, who majored in international studies with a minor in French, will enroll as a master's student at Sciences Po in Paris, France's foremost institute for political science. Her project will entail assessing the evolution of French public policy on immigrant integration and how it changed to accommodate the Muslim population.

"My larger research question involves how the French philosophical and procedural definitions of democracy have changed as a result of the need to accommodate religious, cultural, and other differences," she said.

McClure cited College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Director Mark O'Connor as a source of encouragement and inspiration during her time at BC. She also thanked Prof. Donald Hafner (Political Science), director of the University Fellowship Committee and Prof. Margaret Thomas (Slavic and Eastern Languages), who coordinates BC's participation in the Fulbright program, for their help and support in the Fulbright application process.

Earlier this year, McClure became the University's first Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship winner. The award will enable her to spend this summer working in the public and cultural affairs office of the American embassy in Paris, where she will assist in event planning and organization.


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