Student Fulbright Grant Winners Now at Seven

Student Fulbright Grant Winners Now at Seven

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

A Carroll School of Management student has become the first graduating senior from the business school to win a Fulbright Grant.

News on Fulbrights also has been good for the Philosophy, German Studies and History departments, each represented among the seven Boston College students announced as winners so far.

The University's graduate program in psychology, meanwhile, has added a Fulbright to a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in the roster of coveted awards won by its doctoral students this spring.

Brody Stevens '02, of Drums, Pa., is the first CSOM undergraduate to win a Fulbright Grant for post-baccalaureate study abroad. Stevens, who carries a minor in German Studies, will travel to the Technical University of Munich to study consolidation in the German brewing industry.

Stevens previously studied at the Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt near Munich during his junior year. He plans to attend law school after returning from abroad.

Administrators say the awarding of the first Fulbright to a Carroll School undergraduate represents a dividend of a partnership between the school and the German Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. In recent years CSOM has funded an instructor of Business German in the German Studies Department, with an eye to preparing students for success in international commerce. "This is a return on that investment," said department chair Prof. Michael Resler.

One of the smallest departments at BC, graduating only a dozen or so majors or minors combined in a given year, German Studies has since the 1980s averaged better than one Fulbright winner per year to Germany or Austria.

Kelly Arenson '02, of Overland Park, Kan., a philosophy major with a German minor, will travel to Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, to research the works of 20th-century philosopher Martin Heidegger, as a complement to her Scholar of the College project on Heidegger and language.

Once back in the United States, Arenson said, she will pursue a doctorate in philosophy, with the hope of teaching the subject at the college level.

Thomas Majdanski '02, of East Brunswick, NJ, who carries a double major in history and English, will travel to Krakow, Poland, on a Fulbright to study the cultural effects of democracy and a market economy in the former Eastern Bloc nation, and specifically the changing role of the Catholic Church.

His future academic plans include earning a graduate degree in cultural history, sociology or economics, with a focus on the Slavic experience.

Sheila K. Rudy '02, a history major from Garden City, NY, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Belgium, where she will study the history of modern philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain.

She plans on her return to the United States to pursue a doctorate in modern European history, most likely with a focus on intellectual history.

Patrick Riordan '00, of Raynham, Mass., who received his degree in German Studies two years ago but came up short in a Fulbright bid as a senior, was successful this time: He has been awarded a teaching Fulbright to instruct German high-school students in American - and particularly Bostonian - culture.

Heather Baldwin, of Brighton, a doctoral student in psychology, has won a Fulbright Award for 2002-03 for a research project that will involve interviews with former Hutu child soldiers living near Kigali, Rwanda.

The award is contingent upon obtaining official research clearance from the host country and satisfactory medical clearance, but barring political difficulties, she will have the award, said Prof. Ellen Winner, director of graduate studies in psychology.

Also, Raymond Pavicich '02, a philosophy major from Lackawanna, NY, was awarded a Fulbright to Germany to study Nietzsche, but is unable to accept at this time.

In addition, three BC candidates have been wait-listed for Fulbrights to Germany, Bolivia and Colombia.

The Fulbright to Baldwin is the second coveted award won this spring by a graduate student in psychology. Frances E. Frey, a first-year doctoral student, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, one of 13 granted nationally in the sub-field of social psychology.

The student winners are quick to credit faculty members such as Resler and Assoc. Prof. Margaret Thomas (Slavic and Eastern Languages), BC's Fulbright coordinator, for providing encouragement, advice and assistance in the grant application process, as well as in other aspects of college life.

Stevens recalled how, back in his freshman year, he was urged by Resler to consider applying for the Fulbright as a senior. Majdanski, meanwhile, cited A&S Honors Program Director Mark O'Connor, his Fulbright and thesis advisor, as having "made all the difference in my career at Boston College. His mentoring has allowed me to coordinate both my coursework and independent study profitably and manageably."

Rudy said, "BC has given me the opportunity to work as a research assistant, to study abroad, and to pursue a senior thesis, all of which have been valuable experiences. The faculty has also given me a great deal of support, encouraging me to pursue my interests and to take on new challenges."

 

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