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Three from MIT named Fulbright scholars

One student, two recent graduates to travel to Japan, Ghana and the Dominican Republic.
One current MIT student and two recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study abroad for the 2011-12 academic year.

Tobias Harris, a Chicago native and PhD candidate in political science, will travel to Japan to conduct interviews and archival research for his project titled “The Politics of Reform in Japan, 1955-2009.” He is studying decisions made by Japanese government entities regarding whether and how to undertake reforms, and the factors affecting their success, throughout the country’s recent history.

Anna Waldman-Brown ’11, a native of San Francisco who graduated this month with an SB in physics and writing and humanistic studies, will travel to Ghana to research sustainable energy solutions. She will work with the country’s ministry of education to develop science and engineering curricula, helping to ensure that energy solutions are practical for those designing, implementing and maintaining them.

Candace Wilson ’05, MEng ’06, an Alabama native who studied electrical engineering at MIT, will spend the year in the Dominican Republic studying electrical use and energy standards. She plans to measure commercial electricity use in order to develop an electrical standard that is appropriate for the country’s resources, making electricity more reliable and affordable.

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.

GECD Distinguished Fellowships of the Global Education and Career Development office are available to advise MIT students and alumni interested in applying to the Fulbright Program or similar fellowships.

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