Soham Gupta ’17, an anthropology and biology double major, intends to investigate how overlapping preventative healthcare service programs in villages surrounding Udaipur, India, could benefit from a review of how and where these services are provided. He plans to attend medical school, with the long-term goal of working as a physician with an organization such as Doctors Without Borders or Partners in Health.
Emma Hartman ’17 has been offered a Fulbright Research grant to India. An art history and chemistry double major, she plans to examine historical and indigenous techniques for manuscript conservation, investigating their relationship to global trends in art conservation. As an amateur bookbinder, papermaker and hand dyer, she will participate in arts initiatives and workshops in Delhi. Upon her return, she plans to study for a career in book and manuscript conservation.
Tomal Hossain ’17 has been offered a Fulbright Research grant to India, but has instead opted for a Watson Fellowship.
Kathryn McHenry ’17 has been awarded a grant to increase awareness of childhood cancer in Tanzania. “Tanzania is poised to make huge strides in improving survival outcomes for children with cancer, but few families know about cancer or its treatment,” she wrote in her application. She will examine what values or beliefs may be barriers to children and families in accessing cancer treatment, and will create a media campaign to spread awareness of childhood cancer symptoms and treatment. Her goal is to attend medical school, and ultimately to return to Tanzania as a pediatric oncologist.
Erin Brousseau ’16 has been offered an ETA in Russia, where she plans to engage with her host community by joining a singing group and athletic teams. An LJST and French major, her long-term goals include studying in joint J.D./Ph.D. programs for political science with a focus on international relations, researching international labor and leisure rights.
Daria Chernysheva ’16 has been offered a grant to study at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where she will research translation theory and literary translation practice, and also translate the poetry of Cecile Sauvage, a 20th century French poet. She is now at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, as the Amherst French department’s Dijon Teaching Assistant Fellow. An English and French major, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in comparative literature and continue working as a practicing literary translator upon the completion of her Fulbright year.
JiaMei Huang ’17E has been offered an ETA in Mexico. A biology major, she ultimately wants to work in community health education in underserved immigrant communities. Teaching English in Mexico, as she notes, will develop her communication abilities and cultural sensitivity.
Athri Ranganathan ’16 has been offered an ETA to the Czech Republic. A sociology major, He plans to plug into the Czech network of libraries and organize reading groups, social discussions and artwork displays. He plans to attend graduate school with the ultimate goal of becoming a college professor.
Four other Amherst graduates were named as alternates. Decisions for these candidates will be made later in the spring.
Sasha Burshteyn ’16 is an alternate for a study grant to New Zealand. Currently a Watson Fellow, she hopes to examine how Maori novels engage with the Maori oral tradition and history to better understand how their literature is both formed by, and informs, contemporary New Zealand culture. An English major, she plans to continue her education in postcolonial studies.
Devon Geary ’13E is an alternate for study at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. She applied to investigate Shakespeare’s plays using a creative and critical perspective focusing on literary voice. An English major who transferred to Amherst from a community college, she hopes to pursue a postdoctoral position at a major research university in New Zealand and ultimately obtain a professorship within the U.K.-based Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Isa Goldberg ’17 is an alternate for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Israel. She is a psychology major who intends to pursue a degree in education or educational psychology. A residential counselor and a member of Hillel and the Multi-Faith Council, she was a volunteer English teacher when she studied abroad in Israel.
Kiana Herold ’17 is an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. She is a law, jurisprudence and social thought major with advanced German language skills who is interested in transatlantic relations and immigration. She plans to attend law school with the eventual outcome of work in international law.
The Fulbright is not the only program to which Amherst students have been flocking. Application numbers for national fellowships continue to rise, with Amherst near the top of the list for participation in the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program, which provides funding for one year of independent research and travel. Amherst had three Watson Fellows this year, the highest number among the 27 colleges honored.