Carnegie Mellon University Home

Dietrich College News

May 2013

Six Dietrich College Students Earn Fulbright Awards

This year, seven students from Carnegie Mellon University earned grants to research, study and teach across three continents through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Six of those students are from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the college’s affiliated program, the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts.

Five of the students are CMU graduates; and one is a rising sophomore who has been selected to participate in the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission’s Queens University Belfast Summer Institute.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sponsors the U.S. Student Fulbright Program to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

This year marks the highest number of Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships applicants from CMU have won in a single year.

Carnegie Mellon has been home to 42 Fulbright student scholars since 1994. The following are profiles of this year’s Dietrich College recipients.

Christian Aponte, DC'13
Fulbright grant: English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil
Aponte on his award: “While teaching English to Brazilians preparing to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, I plan to connect with ‘Coleção Bicicleta Brasil’ to promote health and nutrition, mentoring and sustainable city access through urban cycling. I also will conduct an ethnographic research project on affirmative action and the construction of racial identity among young adults. I was inspired to apply for the Fulbright program because of my 2011 study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and my time teaching ESL with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.”
Major: Global studies, concentrations in education and Latin America
Hometown: Kingston, Pa.

Sarah Ceurvorst, BHA'13
Fulbright grant: English Teaching Assistantship in the Maha Sarakham Province of Thailand
Ceurvorst on her award: “I will be teaching English using art-making as a central aspect to my pedagogy, and I hope to create community arts programs outside of the classroom. I fell in love with Thailand when I studied there earlier this year and am thrilled to get to return to the ‘Land of Smiles’ with all of the opportunities that the Fulbright program provides.”
Major: Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, concentrations in art and psychology
Hometown: Wexford, Pa.

Missy Dunaway, BHA'10
Fulbright grant: Study/research in Istanbul and Konya, Turkey
Dunaway on her award: “For the past year, I have been studying textile design with a focus on rare carpets from the Seljuk Empire, which ruled Anatolia from the 11th to 14th centuries. When the empire fell to the Ottomans, all but 18 of these carpets were destroyed. I intend to study these rugs in person, as well as design principles exhibited in Seljuk architecture, art and artifacts, to make paintings of what the lost Seljuk carpets may have looked like.”
Major: Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, concentrations in painting, material and visual culture
Hometown: Annapolis, Md.

Kimberly Josephson, DC'13
Fulbright grant: English Teaching Assistantship in Argentina
Josephson on her award: “I first traveled to Argentina with the help of CMU’s Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund in the summer of 2011, and I’m excited to return to the country to strengthen my experience with global education. I’ve worked closely with a refugee family in Pittsburgh for the past four years; taught English in Seville, Spain, last spring; and led a spring break trip to the Dominican Republic where we ran an English-language day camp for children. This summer I’ll be an intern at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., researching education programs and policy in low- and middle-income countries.”
Majors: International relations and politics, Hispanic studies
Hometown: Columbia, Md.

Carolyn Supinka, BHA'13
Fulbright grant: Study/research in Pondicherry, India
Supinka on her award: “I will be conducting a poetry and art project titled ‘Dreaming of Worship,’ taken from a stanza from Allen Ginsberg’s ‘India Journals.’ I’ll be interviewing spiritual tourists at Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram and the residents of Auroville, a ‘universal city’ in the area to create a book exploring the nature of a modern day ‘spiritual journey’ and how this journey affects both parties.”
Major: Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, concentrations in creative writing and fine art
Hometown: Indiana, Pa.

Kaytie Nielsen, BHA'16
Fulbright award: Queens University Belfast Summer Institute in Northern Ireland
Nielsen on her award: “Rachel Oppenheimer, a graduate student and one of my favorite teachers, taught an Irish History class last semester and inspired me to learn more about Northern Ireland and its conflicts. I will be participating in a four-week program focused on understanding the differing perspectives in Northern Ireland.”
Major: Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, concentrations in creative writing and directing, member of the Humanities Scholars Program
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Read the full 2013 CMU Fulbright Award announcement at http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/may/may31_fulbrightawards.html.

Stay connected with CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences on Twitter and Facebook.

Other sources of Carnegie Mellon news include the university news service website and the Carnegie Mellon Today magazine.

Contact Shilo Rea, Director of Public Relations at shilo@cmu.edu or (412) 268-6094.

 

About the Quick Links

Follow the Dietrich College on Twitter and Facebook.
Sign up to receive Dietrich College News, the college's monthly e-newsletter.

  Scott Sandage Helps "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson Learn His Family History on "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Premiering at 9 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 30, the episode will show Sandage helping Ferguson uncover the life of his great-grandfather whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. Read more.
  Save the Date: Celebrating the Work of Steven Klepper
The Dietrich College and Department of Social and Decision Sciences will hold an academic conference and community memorial event on October 17, 2014 to celebrate the work of Steven Klepper. Read more (pdf).
  Dietrich College News: May 2014
Features this month include new psychology research, "Lucky After Dark," the 2014 Adamson Student Writing Awards, alumni news, commencement photos and much more. Read Dietrich College News.
  Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children
Published in Psychological Science, CMU's Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. Godwin and Howard Seltman looked at whether classroom displays affected children's ability to maintain focus during instruction and to learn the lesson content. They found that children in highly decorated classrooms were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed. Read more.   Watch a video.
  Four Students Begin Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program
The program provides summer funding to rising seniors in the Dietrich College's senior honors program as they undertake early-stage research and development of their thesis topics. In this video, the four students participating in program's inaugural year discuss their projects which range from relationship research to anthropology and ethnography studies. Watch the videoFind out more about the program.
  Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University — which has a long history of the humanities and social sciences collaborating with other fields to solve problems — and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences held the first Pittsburgh-area discussion of the "Heart of the Matter" report and its implications for improving education and creating a sustainable global society. Read more.   Watch the video.  View photos.
  New Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program Announced
The program will provide summer funding support to rising seniors in the Dietrich College senior honors program as they undertake early-stage research and development of their thesis topics. Read more.
  Richard Scheines Appointed Dean of Dietrich College
Scheines, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, has been selected to lead the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences as dean, effective July 1, 2014. He will succeed John Lehoczky, who has served as dean since 2000 and will return to the Department of Statistics’ faculty. Read more.
  Students, Alumni Attend Under Construction
Nearly 60 alumni returned to support 150 current students and help them build their careers. The second annual “Under Construction: Building Your Future” event encouraged students and alumni to explore the diverse fields available after graduation. Read more.
  Video: The Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have distinguished faculty and talented students who are leading the humanities into the 21st century. In this short video, Dietrich College faculty, staff and alumni talk about the college’s excellence in the humanities. Watch the video.

 

H&SS Home | Admissions | Advising & Careers | Departments & Programs | Research | Computing & Libraries | News | Alumni

Site Index | About H&SS | Message from the Dean

 

Carnegie Mellon University
College of Humanities & Social Sciences | 5000 Forbes Avenue | Baker Hall 154 | Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | (412) 268-2830