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12 Vassar students and alumnae/i awarded research and teaching fellowships

Vassar College today announced 12 students and recent graduates have been awarded prestigious research and teaching fellowships. Four Vassar senior and five recent graduates will be teaching or conducting research in foreign countries next fall under Fulbright Fellowships awarded this month by the federal government. Two others received research grants from the National Science Foundation, and one senior won a “100 Projects for Peace” prize.

Lisa Kooperman, assistant dean of fellowship and pre-health advising, said the college is a perennial leader in producing Fulbright Scholars and National Science Foundation grant recipients. “Over the last five years, 44 of our alumnae/i have received Fulbright grants, and 17 have been awarded NSF grants,” Kooperman said. “Vassar has been among the top Bachelor’s institutions in the country in producing Fulbright winners for the past 13 years.”

The Fulbright Scholars are: Aviva Thal ’18, a Hispanic Studies major from Wilson, WY; Sarah Evans ’18, an International Studies major from Jackson, WY; Jason Goldman ’18, a Sociology and German double major from New Rochelle, NY; Yasmine Seghir ’18, a Political Science major from Winchendron, MA; Elijah Ness ’17, an Urban Studies and Chinese major from Northampton, MA; Westin Sibley ’17, a Psychological Studies major from Riverside, CT; Jessica Au ’16, a Chinese and International Studies major from Freemont, CA; Jelena Borak ’15, an English major from Boise, ID, and Daniela Weiner  ‘12, a History and Italian major from Carrboro, NC.

Thal will be teaching English in Colombia. Evans will conduct research on agro-economic networks in Argentina. Goldman will teach English in a public school in Germany. Seghir will study International Politics at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom. Ness will study geography in Taiwan. Sibley, Au and Borak will teach English in Taiwan, and Weiner will be doing research for her PhD dissertation at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Germany. 

Two Vassar alumnae/i, Anthony Graves-McCleary ’15 and Carrie Elizabeth Perkins ’14, won National Science Foundation Grants. Graves-McCleary will conduct his research in Mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Perkins will study ecology at the University of Maryland.

Alexandra Sams ’18, a Geography major and Religious Studies minor from Los Angeles, is the recipient of a Davis World Scholars 100 Projects for Peace Prize. Sams will travel to Ladakh, India this summer to conduct a media literacy workshop for local teens, who will produce short films about the influence of corporate media on their community.

Vassar College is a coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, NY, founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, May 15, 2018