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5 KU students receive Fulbright awards

May 19, 2012

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Five Kansas University students have received Fulbright awards for research, study or teaching English abroad for the 2012-13 academic year.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.

The students are:

• Erin Atwood, of Topeka, who graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in genetics. She will be traveling to Peru, where she will be affiliated with the Centro Ann Sullivan in Lima. Her research will involve administering preliminary hearing screenings for children and adults to recommend modifications for classroom and home environments.

• John Korba, of Ottawa, Ill., a doctoral student specializing in Slavic linguistics. He will be affiliated with the Institute of Psychology in the Czech Academy of Science while in Prague, Czech Republic. He will conduct psycholinguistic experimentation on adult Czech and Russian speakers.

• Laura Potter, of Golden, Colo., a doctoral student in tuba performance. She will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she will study new and innovative compositions for tuba solo and tuba in chamber settings in Scandinavia since 1970. She will study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

• Allison Schmidt, of Fargo, N.D., a doctoral student in modern European history. She will travel to Germany and conduct research on cultural affiliation and self-identification of Czech-speaking immigrants in Saxony. She will be affiliated with Leipzig University, but will also conduct research in nearby Dresden and Chemnitz.

• Andrew Toth, of Colby, who graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. He will study in the master’s program in environmental engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in Germany. He is interested in the treatment of wastewater so that it becomes a source of energy.

Five other students have been designated as alternates for Fulbright grants: Vanessa Aldrich, a 2010 graduate from KU with a master’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies; Molly Hartz, a 2012 bachelor’s degree graduate in Latin American studies and Spanish; Jennifer Hornbaker, a master’s student in curriculum and instruction; Jeremiah Miller, a May graduate with a master’s of fine arts in creative writing; and Irene Olivaries, a doctoral student in modern European history.

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