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Five MIT students win Fulbrights

Five MIT students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for the academic year 2003-2004.

Thomas A. Becker, a senior in economics and political science, plans to analyze how the delegation of accountability and veto power in the Federal Republic of Germany could be applied in the European Union. A native of Rockaway Park, N.Y., he will live and work in Germany.

Jovanne J. Bickerstaff (S.B 2002) of Akron, Ohio, will spend the year in France studying the group identity and experience of young people of Antillean or African origins now living in Paris.

Shelli F. Farhadian of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., a senior in mathematics, will spend the year in India researching a possible genetic basis for susceptibility to tuberculosis, now a public health crisis in India.

Stephanie Wei Wang of Fremont, Calif., a senior in economics and brain and cognitive sciences, will investigate the effects of changes in the health care system on morbidity/mortality rates in China while pursuing an M.Sc. in economics at the London School of Economics.

Collins P. Ward of Ft. Worth, Texas, a senior in mechanical engineering, will join an engineering research group at the Technical University in Berlin, studying design and manufacturing in coordination with industry.

In addition, Michele Helene Lamprakos of Raleigh, N.C., a graduate student in architecture, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to study architectural and urban conservation in San'a, Yemen.

Sarah Funderburk, senior in brain and cognitive sciences, has received a Deutschlandjahr scholarship to study at the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics of the Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany. She is from Hartsville, S.C.

The Fulbright grants were established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries; each grant covers the costs of living for one year.

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