Fellowship Recipients of 2015

May 22, 2015

Communications Staff

Atrium of the Sciences Center
Students study in the Science Center atrium.
Photo credit: William Rieter

Every year, Oberlin students compete for scholarships and fellowships that reward high achievement in disciplines across the board.

From STEM fields to musical performance to social activism, Oberlin students see their hard work, dedication, and talent recognized and supported by the most prestigious foundations and organizations in higher education.

These fellowships, available to current students, graduating seniors, and alumni alike, can take projects and research to the next level, allow for travel opportunities and exposure to cultures on the opposite side of the world, and enable Obies to put their education to use helping those in need.

This year, many Oberlin students and alumni have received summer-, year-, or multiple year-long fellowships. They will travel around the globe, from California to D.C., and from Mexico to Indonesia, pursuing their passions, be they entrepreneurship, teaching, research, language learning, and much more. To learn more about each new fellow, read the summaries below or follow the link to the full article.

Alex Abramowitz ’15 Named a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellow
Alex Abramowitz ’15 will spend one year in Germany cultivating a deep understanding of German daily life and culture from educational, professional, and linguistic standpoints.

Two Awarded Critical Language Scholarship
Sarah Chatta ’17 and Olivia Evans ’18 will study critical foreign languages this summer.

Jolie DeFeis ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant in South Africa
A psychology major, DeFeis is interested in a career as a healthcare provider and educator.

Ty Diringer ’14 Named Venture for America Fellow
Ty Diringer ’14 has been named a Venture for America (VFA) Fellow, a two-year program that trains recent college graduates and matches them with startup companies in fast-growing cities.

Katelyn Emerson ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant
Katelyn Emerson ’15 has received a Fulbright grant to study organ and harpsichord in Toulouse, France, also known as “the paradise of organs,” this coming year.

Sarah Gord ’15 Receives Fulbright in Norway
Sarah Gord ’15, a history major with an English minor and an education concentration, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bergen, Norway.

Talia Greenberg ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant to Taiwan
Talia Greenberg ’15 says she could teach students ranging from grades 1 through 6 during her 10 months in Yilan County.

Amy Hourcade ’15 Receives Fulbright Teaching Grant in South Korea
A cellist and musical studies major, Amy Hourcade is pursuing her goal of teaching music theory.

Monica Hunter-Hart ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant to Turkey
Monica Hunter-Hart ’15 will help prepare students at Usak University for required standardized English exams.

Hope Kassen ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant to Malaysia
Kassen, who graduated with majors in politics and law and society, will embark on her first study abroad experience with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Malaysia.

Saksham Khosla ’15 Receives a Carnegie Junior Fellowship
Politics and creative writing double-major and economics minor Saksham Khosla ’15 has been awarded a Carnegie Junior Fellowship in the South Asian Program.

Helen Kramer ’17 Named Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow
Kramer will spend five-and-a-half weeks in Washington, D.C., researching the intersection of peacebuilding and systems thinking.

Embracing the Journey
Recent graduates Aaron Krupp ’13 and Ruby Turok- Squire ’15 embark on a year of independent study outside the United States as winners of the prestigious Watson Fellowship.

Emma Leiken ’16 Named Dalai Lama Fellow
For her Dalai Lama Fellowship, junior Emma Leiken will create an arts program in Chiplun, a town in Maharashtra, India.

A Voice for Women Migrant Workers
First-year Dai Li receives a Davis Projects for Peace grant to empower China’s factory workers through a labor-focused Android app.

Inspired by Social Change
Politics major Machmud Makhmudov receives prestigious Truman Scholarship for graduate studies in public service.

Jacob Myers Receives Fulbright Grant to Macau
Jacob Myers ’12 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Macau, China. The alumnus says he hopes to gain an in-depth understanding of "one of the most unique regions in the world."

Annika Nelson ’15 Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Annika Nelson ’15 receives a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship along with seven other Oberlin alumni.

Julia Olivieri Receives Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater award is given to exceptional students in math and sciences.

Julia Pearlstein-Levy ’15 Awarded Fulbright Grant in Mexico
A Latin American studies major, Pearlstein-Levy wants to gain a deeper understanding of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Alyssa Phelps ’15 Receives a Fulbright in Mexico
Phelps will bring her Spanish language skills and experience in Latin American studies to Mexico as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura ’15 Receives Fulbright Research Grant
Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura ’15 will study regional food systems as drivers of local economies in Japan.

Rebecca Selin ’14 Receives Fulbright Grant to Indonesia
Alumna Rebecca Selin will travel to Indonesia to help teach English to high school students.

Emily Wilkerson ’15 Receives Fulbright Grant
Emily Wilkerson ’15, a comparative literature and German double-major, starts her teaching assistantship at a school in Lower Saxony in September.

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