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 April 18, 2017

Four MLC Majors Win Fulbright Grants


Two French majors, two German majors, and one Spanish minor are among the twelve University of Rochester students and recent alumni who have been offered 2017–18 grants in the prestigious Fulbright US Student Grant program, allowing them to pursue advanced studies, conduct research, and teach English language and U.S. culture abroad. Rochester's candidate pool consisted of 40 applicants, 19 of whom became semifinalists. The Fulbright US program awards approximately 900 grants for research and study, and 1,200 English teaching assistantship grants each year. Applicants are nominated by their college or university's Fulbright evaluation committee, which may also endorse alumni candidates.

Nina Baek '17 (left), a linguistics and French dual major from Seattle, is heading to Belgium, where she'll be placed at a university as an English teaching assistant. A four-year member of the women’s volleyball team, she was named a 2016 Provost’s Circle Scholar for excellence in academics and athletics.

Alexandra Cohen '17 (second from leftwill earn two Rochester degrees this spring—one in German from the College and one in musical arts from the Eastman School. The Brooklyn, New York, native will work as an English teaching assistant in the German state of Lower Saxony.

Khamai Simpson '17 (second from rightis a dual major in German and health, behavior and society. The Miami native will travel to Berlin, Germany, to work as an English teaching assistant.

Caroline Vaczy '16 (right), a Rochester native who earned her degree in French, with minors in Spanish and economics, is headed to a university in Brazil, where she’ll teach future English teachers about the English language and American culture.

For more information about the University of Rochester's other Fulbright recipients, click here.

Photos courtesy University photo / J. Adam Fenster, Alexandra Cohen, and Caroline Vaczy