Rainbow Chung '06
Pitzer's First Fulbright to China
Rainbow Chung majored in neuroscience and Spanish Culture and Health with a minor in biology. “From the age of 10 I knew that I would be a doctor after watching a surgery performed on television,” Chung said.
“Professor Ann Stromberg helped me to conceptualize my Fulbright proposal, ‘Struggling to Live: Infant and Maternal Mortality in China.’ I will conduct my research in three provinces: Beijing, Shanghai and Yunan. My thesis adviser, Professor Newton Kopp, has also been instrumental in my studies. The Joint Science faculty are excellent,” she said.
During the summer after her sophomore year, Chung participated in Pitzer’s Health Program in Costa Rica, which provided her with a valuable Spanish-speaking, cultural immersion experience.
“My experience in Costa Rica has helped me to choose my medical specialty in pediatrics,” Chung said. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.
Chung was the founder and president of Pitzer’s Health Awareness Committee. She was also a member of Pitzer’s Emergency Response team and participated in the Claremont Colleges ballroom dance team. Her musical talents include the piano and the flute.
Sabrina Dence '06
Sabrina Dence will be conducting research on the small island of Isla Colón in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, as a Fulbright Scholar. She will be studying primate research methods and conducting primate ecotourism research at a local field school.
“I intend on teaching the knowledge to the people who can make the best use of this information, the Panamanian children and adults. By teaching the people about their impact on the environment, I hope they can develop a stronger appreciation of their ecosystem, thereby promoting conservation,” Dence said.
Dence has received an invitation of acceptance to the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) at Isla Colon, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, a non-profit education, research and conservation corporation that offers field ecology courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Her studies at the Institute cover multiple aspects of the environment in Panama, from the canopy of the tropical rainforest to the coral reefs.
“Studying primate ecotourism in Panama will make me a well-rounded researcher and help me achieve my long-term goal of acquiring a Master’s in Zoology,” according to Dence.
Dence participated in Pitzer’s summer health program in Costa Rica.