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June 16, 2006
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School and International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

KU students win six Fulbright awards, one German exchange grant for study abroad

LAWRENCE — Six students at the University of Kansas have won prestigious Fulbright grants for study and research abroad in the 2006-07 academic year, KU’s Office of International Programs has announced. Another student received a German government grant to study in that country.

The U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and operates in 140 countries. Fulbright grants aim to increase 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.

A total of 394 KU students have received Fulbright grants since the program’s inception in 1946.

The prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German exchange scholarships are provided by DAAD, a German agency for the support of international academic cooperation. DAAD offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education all over the world. More than 1,500 Americans and Canadians travel to Germany annually to study German-related subjects with the support of the DAAD.

The Fulbright and DAAD scholars are listed below by hometown, academic program or degree, scholarship and research plans and parents’ names when available.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Clarisa April Diaz, a spring 2006 graduate in architecture, has a Fulbright to study in Santiago, Chile, where she will explore the relationship between that city and the surrounding squatter settlements known as callampas. Her purpose is to discover solutions for improved housing and neighborhood development that will contribute to urban community integration. Diaz’s research will be affiliated with the Chilean Habitat for Humanity and other non-governmental organizations. In her senior year at KU, Diaz researched the use of public space in nursing homes with an Undergraduate Research Award. She is the daughter of Fernando and Lu-Yen Diaz.

Laura B. Good received a master’s degree in education at KU this spring and has a Fulbright grant to Spain. As the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Good will teach English to school children in Madrid suburb. She will also study Spain’s educational system, focusing on teaching Spanish to non-native speakers in schools and universities. Good has taught Spanish-speaking preschool children in a Head Start program and English as a second language in Mexico. She hopes to teach in a bilingual classroom in the United States after completing her Fulbright year. Good has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Emily Christine Howard, spring 2006 graduate with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and journalism, received a Fulbright award for study and research at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She plans to conduct a content analysis of media coverage of biopharming to see if New Zealand’s coverage differs from U.S. coverage. Howard participated in the Kansas/Asia Scholars Program in China in 2003 and was a Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of California-Berkley in summer 2005. She is the daughter of Dana Howard and a graduate of Dodge City Senior High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita (67212)
Jessica Ellen Plummer, senior in Germanic languages and literatures, received a German Academic Exchange Service DAAD grant for a year of study and research at the University of Munster in Germany. She will explore the function of landscape and natural elements in the work of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, a 19th-century poet and novelist. Plummer hopes to develop a Web site devoted to Droste-Hülshoff that will become a resource for other Droste scholars. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Carson and a Wichita High School East graduate.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Christopher John Hare, spring 2006 graduate with bachelor’s in biochemistry and minors in chemistry and German, received a Fulbright to study at the University of Munich in Germany. He will divide his time between attending graduate-level classes in biochemistry and structural biology and conducting research on multi-protein complexes at the Gene Center of the University of Munich. Hare plans to attend medical school after the completion of his Fulbright year in Germany. He is the son of Stephen and Teresa Hare and a graduate of Hayden High School.

MISSOURI
From Crystal City (63019)
Michael Andrew Britt, spring 2006 graduate in architecture, received a Fulbright grant to research how communist and capitalist ideologies have influenced public behavior and the evolution of public space in three cities in Poland: Krakow, Warsaw and Wroclaw. His research will include extensive interviewing and observation using video cameras. In his junior year, Britt conducted a similar investigation in Craigmillar, a section of Edinburg, Scotland, while attending the Edinburgh College of Art via a KU study abroad program. The Royal Fine Arts Commission in Edinburgh exhibited some of Britt’s photos in conjunction with this project. He is the son of Cornelius and Debbie Britt and a graduate of St. Pius High School in Kansas City, Mo.

OHIO
From Cincinnati (45242)
Anne Elizabeth Kraemer, master’s degree student in anthropology, has a Fulbright grant to research the methods, challenges and benefits of community archaeology and sustainable development in Chocolá, Guatemala, which is situated on an important Maya archaeological site. In preparation for this research, Kraemer studied Kaqchikel, one of the indigenous peoples’ languages in Guatemala, and has worked closely with community leaders in Chocolá. Kraemer’s research will form the basis of her doctoral dissertation. Her bachelor’s degree is from Ball State University in Indiana.

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