Eighteen students from the schools of Arts and
Sciences, Engineering and Public Health; Peabody; and SAIS
have been awarded the opportunity to study abroad during
the 2007-2008 academic year, thanks to two prestigious
awards administered by the Institute of International
Five graduating seniors, nine graduate students and
two recent graduates will study abroad as Fulbright
Scholars. Two graduate students will travel to Germany on
John Bader, associate dean for
academic programs and advising in the Krieger School of
Arts and Sciences, says that Johns Hopkins' success in the
Fulbright program is nationally recognized and that this
year's total number of scholars is consistent with the
university's best years.
"We are this successful, year after year, because we
have great students who are internationally minded,
entrepreneurial and independent," said Bader, whose office
worked with the recipients from Homewood, Peabody and SAIS.
"Then they get strong support from faculty and experienced
coaching from my office. That's a winning combination." At
Public Health, the applicants were guided through the
process by Catherine Klein, director of graduate
Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to
increase mutual understanding between the people of the
United States and other countries through the exchange of
people, knowledge and skills. The program awards
approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates
in more than 140 countries. Successful U.S. applicants
utilize their grants to undertake self-designed programs in
a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences,
business, communication, performing arts, physical
sciences, engineering and education.
DAAD, which stands for Deutscher Akademischer
Austauschdienst (in translation, German Academic Exchange
Service), is a publicly funded independent organization of
higher education institutions in Germany. The association
promotes international academic relations and cooperation
by offering mobility programs primarily for students and
faculty but also for administrators and others in the
higher education realm.
The two programs typically attract many of the same
applicants, Bader said, so the administrators work closely
together on a number of issues, most notably to avoid
giving grants to the same people.
Sixteen students have been named Fulbright
Adnan Ahmad will travel to Tunisia to study its
multicultural community. By conducting a series of
interviews in Tunis and on the island of Djerba, he will
attempt to construct a robust portrait of the competition
between identity and citizenship in Tunisian society. Ahmad
will earn his bachelor's degree in political science this
Claire Cage, who anticipates earning her
doctorate in history in 2010, will travel to Paris to
conduct archival research on legal trials of crimes of
sexual seduction in the 18th century. Working from these
materials and their connections with literary sources, she
will examine the relationship between the social, cultural
and intellectual contexts of seduction in early modern
France. This research will contribute to her dissertation
on the cultural history of seduction from the 1720s to the
Jason Chiang will travel to the University of
Veterinary Medicine in Germany to investigate the
therapeutic potential of high-frequency stimulation of the
central piriform complex in a rodent model of temporal lobe
epilepsy. He will earn his bachelor's degree in biomedical
engineering this week.
Pammie Crawford, a PhD student in the Bloomberg
School's Department of International Health, will go to
Canada to carry out her project, "Transferring Health
Services and the Impact on Adolescent Mental Health."
Valerie Harder, a PhD student in the Bloomberg
School's Department of Mental Health, will go to Kenya to
carry out her project, "Depression and Substance Use
Disorders: Associations With HIV/AIDS in Kenya."
Charles Kato will travel to Nagoya University
in Japan to learn more about health care policy, clinical
practice and Japanese cultural issues pertaining to the
elderly through its NUPACE program for English-speaking
students. Johns Hopkins is one of 22 American universities
that have an academic partnership with the program. Kato
will earn a bachelor's degree in neuroscience this week.
Kristin Kelling, an MHS student in the
Bloomberg School's Department of International Health, will
go to Brazil to carry out her project, "Multiparity and
Reproductive Planning Among HIV-positive Women in Bahia,
Alexandra Kleinerman, who anticipates earning
her doctorate in Assyriology from the Krieger School in May
2009, will travel to Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen in
Germany to study scribal education in ancient Iraq. Her
project will include the study and publication of more than
100 clay tablets.
Niklas Krumm will travel to Berlin to study the
cognitive systems responsible for the phonological and
working memory functions in the brain. He'll conduct his
research under a newly formed consortium funded by the
German Research Foundation, bringing together the Free
University, Humboldt University and the Max Planck
Institute for Human Development. He will earn his
bachelor's degree in neuroscience this week. Krumm also
earned a DAAD but declined it to take the Fulbright.
Jason Lee will travel to South Korea with a
Fulbright teaching assistantship to teach English in a
secondary school while learning conversational Korean and
to familiarize himself with his Korean heritage and the
South Korean health care system. Lee plans to one day
practice medicine in an academic setting and to work
closely with patients of Korean heritage. He will earn his
bachelor's degree in neuroscience this week.
Kathryn Muessig, a PhD student in the Bloomberg
School's Department of Health, Behavior and Society, will
go to China to carry out her project, "Depression
Management and Treatment Strategies in China."
Jason Peterson, who anticipates completing his
doctorate in piano performance at Peabody in December, will
travel to Freiburg, Germany, to study the performance of
Austro-Germanic piano repertoire at the Hochschule fur
Morgan Philbin, an MHS student in the Bloomberg
School's Department of International Health, will go to
China to carry out her project, "Prevention of HIV/AIDS
Among Injection Drug Users in China."
Whitney Sheen, an MHS student in the Department
of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School,
will go to Colombia to carry out her project, "Envisioning
Strategies for Protecting Child Health in Colombia."
Hyder Syed will travel to the Netherlands,
where he will enroll in the master's program in conflict
studies and human rights at Utrecht University. He plans to
examine viable approaches to resolving the conflict and
promoting human rights in Kashmir. He also expects to
volunteer at the Dutch Interchurch Peace Council in The
Hague. Syed earned a bachelor's degree in international
studies from the Krieger School in 2006.
Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick will travel to
Hungary to study the music and life of Ferenc Erkel,
Hungary's greatest composer of opera, at the Liszt Academy.
Upon completing her studies, she will return to the United
States and offer a concert series. She earned a graduate
performance diploma in voice from Peabody in 2006.
Two students have received DAAD scholarships.
Sara Konoe will travel to Germany to write her
dissertation comparing diverse reform paths and outcomes in
financial governance systems across the United States,
Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. She anticipates
earning her doctorate from SAIS in 2008.
Ellwood Wiggins, who anticipates earning his
doctoral degree in German in 2008, will travel to Freie
Universitat Berlin to engage in a research project on
anagnorisis (recognition) in the context of performance
theory, as well as philosophical and critical approaches,
concentrating on three plays by German authors Goethe,
Kleist and Heiner Mueller.
John Bader said his academic advising team is already
looking forward to the next round of scholarship
challenges, in the 2007-2008 academic year.
"Just as exciting as this year's winnings, we are
working to be even more successful," Bader said. "Pam
Cranston [a vice provost and acting dean of the Carey
Business School] now heads a task force with
representatives from every division to coordinate
recruitment and to encourage schools like Medicine and
Nursing to support more applicants. I've already given
well-attended workshops at Peabody and at SAIS, in addition
to several at Homewood. Public Health already does a great
job with this, so we look forward to more winners next