15 Students Receive Nat’l Fellowships For Study, Research, Teaching, Humanitarian Work

This year, 15 Bowdoin students received prestigious fellowships to dive into the research, regions, languages and community service projects that fascinate them. They include a student who won a Fulbright grant to do neurological research in Germany, two who received fellowships to travel and become fluent in languages not commonly taught at U.S. schools, and a couple of adventurous graduates who were awarded Watson grants to support a full year of travel.

Two students from the class of 2014 received Fulbright study/research grants. Megan Massa ’14 will work in a lab at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany to study the protective effects of testosterone on primary neurons derived from MS patients. Viola Rothschild ’14 plans to study the African diaspora in China, looking at how local governments in the cities of Yiwu and Guangzhou are responding to the influx of African immigrants.

Four students received English Teaching Assistantships. Mollie Friedlander ’14 will teach in Madrid, Spain; Jonathan “Yoni” Held ’14 will travel to Bangladesh to teach English and environmental education; Samuel King ’14 will teach English in Sri Lanka; and Duncan Taylor ’14 will work in Panama and run a baseball camp for children.

Bowdoin’s newest Truman scholar, Hannah Sherman ’15, is one of only 59 college juniors who have been awarded a scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Truman scholars receive $30,000 toward graduate school. Sherman, a Spanish and government double major, says she intends to earn a joint MBA and MA with a focus on international affairs and Latin America.

Next year, Sam Burnim ’14 will pursue a master’s degree in health systems and public policy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on a $30,000 St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York scholarship. He is the first Bowdoin student to receive this prize. Burnim plans to become a pediatric psychiatrist or neurologist, and is also interested in learning from “holistic, integrated models of caregiving,” he says.

Rodrigo Bijou ’14 and Alex Marecki ’14 will travel the world next year on Watson fellowships. Bijou plans to visit Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Russia to explore hacker communities. Marecki will go to Colombia, South Africa, Ghana, United Kingdom, Brazil and possibly Ukraine to volunteer with organizations that use soccer to enable and embolden young people.

Lonnie Hackett ’14, founder of a Zambian humanitarian organization he started as a junior, received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to extend his nonprofit’s reach and provide more needy children with medical treatment.

Two students were awarded scholarships from the U.S. government to study languages abroad. Evan Bulman ’16 has a Boren scholarship from the National Security Education Program to learn Arabic in Amman, Jordan, for the 2014-2015 academic year. Maya Little ’15 received a Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department to study Chinese in Guangzhou, China, this summer. Both scholarships are intended to support the study of languages not commonly taught at U.S. secondary schools and which are spoken in countries critical to U.S interests.

In recognition of her commitment to the environment, Margaret Lindeman ’15 won a $5,000 Udall scholarship toward her Bowdoin tuition. The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation supports environmentally-minded undergraduates interested in entering many different fields, from science and policy to engineering, education, business, health, economics and more.

Finally, Evan Gershkovich ’14 has a Princeton in Asia fellowship to work for a community forestry organization in Bangkok, Thailand, for a year. He will learn Thai and do communications for RECOFTC, The Center for People and Forests.

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