June 4, 2004

Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-6161.

9 KU students win 2004-05 Fulbright grants; another is an alternate

LAWRENCE -- Nine University of Kansas students have won prestigious Fulbright awards for study and research abroad for the 2004-05 academic year, and one student has been named an alternate for a Fulbright grant.

Since the program's inception in 1946, 372 KU students have received Fulbrights, not counting the most recent winners. KU's Office of International Programs coordinates applications for Fulbright and other graduate fellowships for study and research abroad.

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries. For more than 57 years, this U.S. government-sponsored program has offered highly qualified students an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other nations. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. A Fulbright grant provides funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance, and tuition.

KU Fulbright winners and the alternate, their hometowns, parents' names, high schools attended and fields of study are listed below.

From Lawrence, Phelps, N.Y., and Austin, Texas
Jessica Craig, Lawrence and Austin, Texas, a master's degree student in anthropology, has received a Fulbright grant to Guatemala. She will conduct in-depth investigation into ritual behavior at the Maya site of San Bartolo. Research at this site has proved pivotal to the archaeological community's understanding of late preclassic Maya. While at KU, Craig received numerous scholarships and awards, including two Tinker Research Awards and the Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship. She received a bachelor's degree in 1998 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is the daughter of Margaret and Lee DeCoster, Phelps, N.Y., and is a graduate of Newark High School in New York.

From Lawrence, Chicago and Alexandria, Va.
Zeta "Z" Hall, a doctoral student in communications studies, has received a Fulbright grant to study the prosecution and defense arguments made in deciding a woman's rights case under the Islamic family code, the Mudawana, in Morocco. Research on her topic is intended to increase understanding of impediments that block the improvement of the status of women in Morocco and of Sharia law as it is applied in Morocco and the region. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in East Asian languages as well as a law degree, both from KU. Originally from Chicago, she is the daughter of Jessie Gill, Alexandria, Va., and the late Roy Gill Sr., Chicago.

From Leawood
Carey Scheerer, who received a master's degree in Latin American studies in December 2003, has received a Fulbright grant to Honduras. She will do field research for a qualitative study of HIV/AIDS among women in Gar’funa communities in coastal Honduras. Among scholarships she received while at KU were two Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowships (FLAS) and two Tinker Foundation Research Grants. Scheerer served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1998 to 2000 and as a Crisis Corps volunteer for Marie Stopes Honduras in 2001. She is doing volunteer work in Kampala, Uganda. She received a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation in 1997 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the daughter of Richard and Jennifer Scheerer and is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Olathe and Topeka
Sheri Martin, a master's degree student in teaching English as a second language, has received a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Taiwan. In addition to her graduate studies in teaching English as a second language, Sheri has taken several Chinese language and culture courses at KU. She has taught ESL at Johnson County Community College and at the Applied English Center at KU. On her Fulbright grant, she will teach at an elementary or junior high school in I-Lan County, a remote mountainous area in Taiwan, and continue to develop her proficiency in Chinese. A graduate of Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka, she is the daughter of Jeanette Stauffer of Topeka and Ross Martin of Olathe.

From Topeka
Kristine Bruner, master's degree student in archaeology, received a Fulbright grant to conduct research at the Institute of Quaternary Paleontology and Geology of the Croatia Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. Her study plan involves research on archaeological materials from Vindija Cave, specifically an investigation of the technology of stone tool production to determine patterns of prehistoric human mobility, regional rate of cultural evolution and the extent of both intraregional and inter-regional exchange networks. Her parents are Barbara Bruner and David Bruner and she is a Topeka High School graduate.

From Topeka and Olathe
Sheri Martin. See Olathe.

From Wichita
Jonathan Power, a graduating senior in biochemistry and Germanic languages and literatures, received a Fulbright grant to study and conduct research at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He will spend his Fulbright year working in protein engineering (protein folding), a new field that may revolutionize medical practice and science. A National Merit Scholar, Jonathan served as president of Battenfeld Scholarship Hall at KU and has been the coordinator for the alternative spring break program. He is the son of Kent and Elaine Power and is a Wichita East High School graduate.

From Lafayette
Christy McCain, a doctoral graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology in December 2003, received a Fulbright grant to continue her research in global diversity theory at the Center for Macroecology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She attended KU as a Madison A. and Lila Self Fellow. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, a field researcher in Costa Rica and a curatorial assistant at KU's Natural History Museum. McCain received bachelor's degrees in wildlife biology and fine art from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the daughter of Otis and Norma McCain and is a graduate of Campolindo High School in Moraga.

From Chicago, Lawrence, Kan., and Alexandria, Va. Zeta "Z" Hall. See Douglas County, Kan.

From Alexandria
Joy Wrolson, a doctoral student in theatre and film, received a Fulbright grant to Zimbabwe. While affiliated with the theatre arts department at the University of Zimbabwe, Wrolson will look at the contemporary Theatre for Development as a re-invention, representation and citation of the country's past. Theatre for Development began during the colonial era with didactic skits that attempted to inform illiterate farmers of "modern" (Western) farming practices. Today, theatre companies, often contracted to nongovernmental organizations, specialize in such topics as AIDS awareness or poverty alleviation. At KU, Wrolson has worked as a graduate teaching assistant in theatre and film and in African and African-American studies. She earned a bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in African languages and literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the daughter of Ron and Marian Wrolson and is a Jefferson Senior High School graduate.

From Creve Coeur
Adrian Erlinger, Fulbright alternate and a master's degree student in Russian and East European studies, applied to analyze Ukranian coverage of American fairs, comparing the differences in media coverage between the Western, more progressive region of Ukraine and the more rightly controlled national media in Kyiv. He will be affiliated with Ivan Frank University in L'viv, Ukraine. He is the son of James A. and Karen L. Erlinger and is a graduate of St. Louis University High School.

From Truth or Consequences
Hannah Reynolds, May 2003 graduate with a bachelor's degree in organismal biology and a minor in French, received a Fulbright grant to study and conduct research at the Universitˇ Fran¨ois-Rabelais in Tours, France. Reynolds will study the effects of symbiotic microbes on colonial recognition in fungus growing ant colonies. She has already submitted some of the results of her undergraduate research for publication in Mycologia. Hannah was a University Scholar and has received several awards and scholarship including an Undergraduate Research Award in 2002 and the J. Michael Young Opportunity Award in 2003. She is the daughter of Matt and Susan Reynolds, and she was home schooled.

From Phelps, Lawrence, Kan., and Austin, Texas
Jessica Craig. See Douglas County, Kan.

From Austin, Lawrence, Kan., and Phelps, N.Y.
Jessica Craig. See Douglas County, Kan.

From Alexandria; Lawrence, Kan., and Chicago, Ill.
Zeta "Z" Hall. See Douglas County, Kan.


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