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Fulbright scholarships awarded to 8 from MIT

Seven current students and one recent graduate to study abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year
Seven current MIT students and a recent graduate have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Launched in 1946 as a way to advance international partnership and mutual understanding, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students — 114,000 from the United States and 186,000 from other countries — the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared global concerns. Each Fulbright grant covers the costs of travel abroad and living expenses for one academic year.

The list of the newest Fulbright scholarship winners from MIT, along with information about how they will use their Fulbright scholarship, is as follows:
  • Dallas native Anne-Marie Corley, who received an SM in science writing in 2009, will travel to Russia to study that country’s space-program culture.
  • Charles DeRobertis, of Channahon, Ill., who is completing undergraduate studies in biology and foreign languages and literatures, will teach English in Spain.
  • San Antonio native Travis Dunn, who is completing an interdiscplinary PhD in transportation through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will go to Mexico to study advanced transportation technologies for mobility, the environment and economic development.
  • Manvi Goel, a Centreville, Va., native who is completing undergraduate studies in economics and political science, will go to India to study the extension of venture capital to micro-entrepreneurs in India.
  • Allentown, Pa., native Rachel Licht, who is due to graduate next week with an SB in chemical engineering, will travel to France to study the production of cellulosic ethanol by fermentation.
  • Ian Rousseau, a native of South Hero, Vt., who is completing undergraduate studies in physics, will study “Novel Solar Energy Conversion via Terahertz Rectification” in Germany.
  • Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native Lauren Shields, who is due to graduate next week with an SB in biology, will travel to Switzerland to study the role of inflammation in metabolic syndrome.
  • Amos Winter, of Chesterfield, N.H., who is completing a PhD in mechanical engineering, will travel to India. There, he will continue work on the “Leveraged Freedom Chair,” a wheelchair he developed specifically for use in the developing world.

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