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Pomona College Class of 2010 Awarded 12 Fulbright Fellowships

Twelve graduates of the Pomona College Class of 2010 were awarded prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to pursue research or teach around the globe. At least one alumnus, Luke Lindeman, also received a Fulbright. Over the last five years, graduating Pomona College seniors have been awarded 79 Fulbright Fellowships.

The Class of 2010 graduates receiving Fulbright Fellowship research grants are:

  • Andrew Ayres, an economics major with a minor in German language and literature, from Eugene, OR, will travel to Berlin to research renewable energy policy and environmental regulation in Germany in order to understand what methods and policy tools are most effective. He is particularly interested in renewable energy innovation, subsidy structures, and environmental/natural resource concerns. He is considering a career in environmental and natural resource consulting or law.
  • Augie Lagemann, a biology major from Saratoga, CA, will travel to Sopot, Poland, in January, to learn about arctic marine life and conduct research with the world’s leading experts on Arctic ecology of Spitsbergen, an island in the Arctic Circle north of Norway. He’ll return in the summer to spend about three months surveying the Arctic fjords. His goal is to determine if the dramatic increases in Arctic temperature in recent years has influenced the size and life history strategies of marine organisms living there. His future plans include attending dental school and a career in dentistry.
  • Sanna Herwald, a molecular biology major from Pittsburgh, PA, will travel to Kyoto, Japan, to work with Dr. Takayuki Kohchi to extensively characterize a recently discovered enzyme in the common liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha, one of the contemporary plant species most closely-related to the earliest land plants. The enzyme, MpTAA1, catalyzes the first reaction in liverwort’s auxin-synthesis pathway. Following this research, she plans to attend either an M.D.-Ph.D. or Ph.D. program in biochemistry.

Receiving Fulbright Fellowships to teach English in foreign countries are:

  • Dante Benson, an Asian Studies major from Camden, NJ, will teach in Yilan, Taiwan. His future plans include working for the United Nations.
  • Dani Carrillo, a double major in French and sociology from Chicago Heights, IL, will teach high school students in a suburb of Paris, France. She will also conduct ethnographic work and interviews with the local Algerian immigrant community. When she returns, she plans to attend earn a doctorate degree in sociology and specialize in immigration studies.
  • Daniel Helmy, a neuroscience major from Pacific Palisades, CA, will teach English in Cyprus.
  • Carryl M. Hoang, a pure mathematics major from Plano, TX, will teach in Vietnam and study traditional forms of Vietnamese music and dance. He also hopes to work with a community choir or singing ensemble, or work with his students on a theatrical production. When he returns to the U.S., he will apply to graduate schools in mathematics.
  • Yoon-Chan Kim, a politics major with a music minor, from Palo Alto, CA, will teach in South Korea. His future plans include involvement with the education field.
  • Patrick Loehr, a double major in Spanish and art history from San Diego, CA, will teach in Madrid, Spain. During his stay, he plans to visit as many art museums as possible and keep a bilingual blog. By the end of the year, he hopes to write a monograph on the notion of Spanish nationalism/identity as seen through the iconography of the art. In the future, he plans to apply to graduate programs in art history.
  • Patricia Nguyen, a sociology major from Chicago, IL, will teach English in Vietnam and hopes to work with young women and children using visual and performance arts as empowerment tools to combat and heal from human trafficking. Her future plans include the possibility of earning a Ph.D. in cultural studies, focusing on visual culture and performance art as practices of liberatory education.
  • Joseph Frewer, an international relations major with a minor in environmental analysis from Houston, TX, declined the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in South Korea. Instead, he will be a project supervisor for Amigos de las Americas in Oaxaca, Mexico, this summer. In the fall, he will begin a two-year fellowship with Environment America.
  • Nathan Gardner, an international relations major from Fairfax Station, VA, declined the ETA in Terengganu, Malaysia. Instead he will begin work at a civil rights law firm in the San Francisco Bay area.

There are six alternates for Fulbright Fellowships.

  • Kristen Boysen, an environmental analysis major from Boulder, CO, would travel to the University of Auckland’s marine lab in Leigh, New Zealand, to study the effects of the marine preserves on the ecosystem, with a focus on the predators of the inter-tidal zone, specifically lobster and perch, and how their populations differ between the protected areas and the unprotected areas. Her future plans include field biology research before attending graduate school in ecology or marine biology.
  • Virginia Cardenas, an English major from Edinburg, TX, would study the Afrocentric Alternative School in Toronto, Canada, which opened in September 2009 to combat the rising Black student dropout rate. Her research would examine the challenges and benefits of curriculums that challenge the Eurocentric paradigm of public education. She will attend Stanford Law School this fall.
  • Rebecca Russell-Einhorn, a media studies major from Brookline, MA, would study the Mozambique film industry as it has grown and changed since the founding of the government funded Mozambique Film Institute in 1976. Her focus would be on how the film industry, especially documentary films, have helped bring important ideas and problems to the attention of citizens as well as how artistic freedom and the ability of a nation to tell its own stories serves as one important measure of national progress.
  • Hannah Frederick, an English major from New York City, NY, would conduct an oral history project about the impact of modernization on Bedouin life in Oman, looking particularly at the effect of tourism.
  • Katrina Pirnack, a Spanish major from Littleton, CO, would teach English in Peru and plans to work in an orphanage and volunteer in a TB clinic.
  • Clarissa Valdez, a molecular biology major from Chicago, IL, would study the use of alternative medicine in Neuquén, Argentina, where alternative medicinal techniques as well as Western medicine is used for the prevention, recuperation and relief of certain medical ailments. Her focus will be on the incorporation, use and effectiveness of herbology and thermal hot springs, and the composition of the mud found in the thermal hot springs. When she returns to the U.S. she hopes to spend a year conducting molecular biology research and then attend medical school.

Among alumni, Luke Lindemann ’09, a linguistics major from Austin, TX, received an ETA to Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been working with Nepalese and Bhutanese refugees in Austin and intends to study language politics, with an emphasis on policies regarding endangered languages.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.