2002-2003 Academic Year

Six Students Awarded Fulbrights

Claremont, Calif. (June 18, 2003) - Six Pitzer College students have been awarded Fulbright grants to continue in their fields of study. Another student has been designated as an alternate. The number of awards surpasses the highest amount won by Pitzer students since the school's creation in 1963. Pitzer students received three in the 2001-02 school year.

Senior Elise Carlson, whose areas of concentration are political and media studies, will study in Sweden in 2003-04. Her project is "Patriarchy and Assimilation: Turks, Assyrians and Kurds in Sweden."

Jessie Rebert, majoring in art and sociology, will spend next year in Venezuela working on a research project titled "Aids Education in Venezuela."
Georgia Hartman, an anthropology major with a minor in art, will be going to Turkey to study Turkish stereotypes and prejudices about other parts of world.

Alicia Alvarado, a sociology major; Jose Luiz Calderon, a media studies major; and Rosa Hughes, a political studies major, will be going to South Korea to teach English.

Senior Veronica Briggs, who focuses on anthropology and environmental studies, is an alternate to go to Nepal to study "Cultural Constructions of Health and Illness in Rural Nepal."

Six of the students were in Pitzer cultural immersion External Studies programs -- Rebert, Calderon and Alvarado in Venezuela, Carlson and Hartman in Turkey and Briggs in Nepal. Hughes participated in a music studies program in Milan, Italy. These programs provide Pitzer students with great depth both intellectually and personally and help make them formidable candidates for post-graduate fellowships.

The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Approximately 250,000 "Fulbrighters," 94,000 from the United States and 155,600 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than 50 years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. Fulbright alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court justices and CEOs.