WELLESLEY, Mass.-- Eleven Wellesley College students have
won Fulbright Program Institute of International Education
grants. Wellesley students received 11 out of the approximately
200 grants awarded to students at undergraduate colleges
with fewer than 3,000 enrollees. One of the Wellesley awards
went to an alumna from the class of 2000; the other recipients
will graduate this month.
"Wellesley's record is remarkable, and you should all be
proud of your success," said Theresa Granza, director of
the U.S. Student Programs at the Fulbright Program's Institute
of International Education.
The Fulbright Program provides participants, chosen for
their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe
international political, economic and cultural institutions,
to exchange ideas and to work on ventures of importance
to the world at large. The U.S. Student Program sends participants
to more than 140 countries worldwide each year for study
The following Wellesley students will take part in the
Fulbright Program next year:
Christine Dunbar, a senior from Lewes, Del., has
won a Fulbright Full Grant to Russia, where she will study
late 20th-century and contemporary Russian literature. Recipient
of a 2001 Goldman Undergraduate Summer Research Travel Grant,
she has served as president and treasurer of the Russian
Club and as a Russian Corridor Leader. She will attend graduate
school upon her return to the United States, continuing
her study of late 20th-century and contemporary Russian
The daughter of Kem Mitchell and David Dunbar, she has
majored in Russian language and literature at Wellesley.
She attended Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., and
the Anglo-American School of Moscow.
Evangeline Frey, a 2000 magna cum laude graduate
of Wellesley College from Scituate, Mass., has been given
a Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany. At
Wellesley, she majored in German studies, earned first-year
academic distinction and served as a German Department tutor,
Student Admissions representative, volunteer English as
a Second Language (ESL) tutor and a volunteer recreation
coordinator for refugee teenagers from Kosovo. She took
a study-abroad year at the Universitat Konstanz.
She will use her Fulbright grant to teach English language
and American culture in a German high school while attending
classes in education and sociology. She is the daughter
of Jorg and Karen Frey of Scituate and is a 1996 graduate
of Scituate High School. Upon her return to the United States,
she plans to earn a master's of education and work in secondary
or higher education, helping to coordinate cultural exchange.
Erin Goodman, a senior from South Burlington, Vt.,
majoring in international relations with a focus in globalization,
has won a French Government Teaching Assistantship grant
to France, in the region of Lyon. While at Wellesley, she
has completed an internship at Harvard University's Center
for Latin American Studies and has worked as a tutor in
French and Spanish at the Dana Hall School. She received
a 1997 Rotary Exchange Scholarship to Chile and will focus
her assistantship on the influence of French modernism on
Chilean poetry. She earlier completed exchange programs
in international relations with universities in Brazil and
The daughter of Steven and Jane Goodman of South Burlington,
Vt., she is interested in a future career in the foreign
Cecily Goodrich, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., majoring
in German studies, has received a Teaching Assistantship
Fulbright Grant to Germany. She earned first-year academic
distinction and has been a member of the House Council,
varsity crew and squash as well as serving as dormitory
and class crew coach. She was named Most Valued Player for
the 1999-2000 squash season and served as squash co-captain
for the 2001-2002 season. She studied abroad at the University
of Vienna during the 2000-2001 school year.
She will use the Fulbright grant to develop teaching experience
while attending classes in Bavarian history. Upon her return
to the United States, she plans to work for an international
corporation or as a coordinator for a foreign-exchange program.
Angela Kappler, a senior from Northvale, N.J., has
won the Fulbright Full Grant to study in Germany. "This
grant provides for a monthly stipend to cover room and board,
international airfare, health insurance, orientation, incidental
expenses and other benefits," Kappler explained. "I will
use my Fulbright grant to study Germanic Languages and Literature
at the University of Frankfurt am Main."
Kappler earned first-year academic distinction and served
as editor-in-chief of Counterpoint Magazine, the MIT-Wellesley
journal of campus life. An Upward Bound tutor and German
Club member, she participated in Wellesley's Tanner Conference,
a forum for off-campus work and research experiences. She
served on the Pinanski Prize Committee and has been a member
of the Newman Society and the Literature Club. During her
junior year, she was a visiting student at the University
of Vienna and received a Susan Rappaport Knafel '52 International
Internship Stipend to participate in two journalism internships
Majoring in English and German, she is a graduate of Northern
Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan, N.J. Kappler will
immerse herself in German language and culture. "It is my
goal to reach a level of expertise on contemporary events
in Germany so that upon return to the U.S. I will be qualified
to work as a foreign correspondent on Germany for an international
news agency," she said, adding that she would work toward
developing an understanding between the cultures of Germany
and the United States. The daughter of Richard and Ann Kappler
of Northvale, her career goals include writing for a New
York-based international news organization and attending
graduate school in international relations.
Grace Kim, a senior from Great Neck, N.Y., has been
awarded the Fulbright Program Teaching Assistantship to
South Korea. Majoring in history and international relations,
she has been involved in community leadership roles as an
academic peer tutor through the college's Pforzheimer Learning
and Teaching Center and as Freeman Hall house president.
Last summer, as a New York City Government Scholar, she
worked for the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency
Management as a member of the bioterrorism task force.
"I will be placed in a middle- or high-school classroom
of approximately 40 students," said Kim, the daughter of
Sun Ho and Vivian Kim of Great Neck, N.Y. "I will be spending
approximately 20 hours per week teaching and I hope to spend
some time doing research on the Korean colonial experience."
She also plans to attend law school to study international
Margaret Lee, a senior from Lagrangeville, N.Y.,
has been awarded the Fulbright Program Teaching Assistantship
to South Korea. She is double majoring in history and political
science and has been involved as student liaison to the
Committee on Faculty Appointments, as a staff member of
the campus humor magazine and as a member of the Pi Sigma
Alpha political science honors society. She is daughter
of H.K. and Aesook Lee of Lagrangeville, N.Y.
Annette Lienau, a senior from Jakarta, Indonesia,
has received the Fulbright Program French Government Teaching
Assistantship. She was awarded a Stecher Grant to study
studio art, art history and French/Italian language in France
in 2000 and in Italy in 2001. She won first-year academic
distinction and has been nominated for the Three Generations
Writing Prize and the Women in French competition for undergraduates.
President and senator of the International Students' Association,
she volunteered as an English teacher and program assistant.
She has taken courses at Studio Art Centers International
and the Rhode Island School of Design. Before coming to
Wellesley, she attended the Jakarta International School.
She plans to use the Fulbright grant to gain language teaching
experience. Upon its completion, she will study Russian
language and apply to Ph.D. programs in comparative literature,
after which she aims to teach college-level literature courses.
Lindsay Nelson, a senior from Vancouver, Wash.,
has won a Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany.
Majoring in comparative literature with a minor in religion,
she earned first-year academic distinction and served as
musical director and member of the a cappella group, Wellesley
Widows. A member of the Shakespeare Society and the Café
Hoop cooperative, she studied abroad at the Albert-Ludvigs
University and the International Education of Students Freiburg
in Germany. She has attended the Vancouver School of Arts
She aims to use the Fulbright grant to teach English as
a foreign language in Germany, to study European ethnology
and to focus on contemporary creative writing as a way to
build cultural bridges. Upon her return to the United States,
she plans to attend Columbia School of Journalism and pursue
a career in publishing or ESL and German education.
Natalie Ondiak, a senior from McLean, Va., has
won the Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany.
Last summer, she received the Susan Rappoport Knafel International
Human Rights Internship in which she spent six weeks on
independent research at the International War Crimes Tribunal
in the Hague, the Netherlands, for the former Yugoslavia.
She pursued an independent study in Wellesley's Sociology
Department on the topic and then made a presentation at
the college's Tanner Conference, a forum for off-campus
work and research experiences.
The daughter of Wayne and Susan Ondiak, she has been a
member of the Wellesley College Choir. Educated at international
schools in Germany and Luxembourg and a graduate of the
International School of Luxembourg, she hopes to make a
contribution as a teacher during her Fulbright experience.
She also plans to attend graduate school, studying international
relations with the goal of working in international affairs
for the United Nations.
Nalyn Siripong, a senior from New Castle, Pa., has
received the Fulbright Full Grant to Thailand. Majoring
in chemistry and economics, she was named a 2000-2001 Beckman
Scholar for outstanding ability in biological sciences,
chemistry or biological chemistry and received a National
Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Grant for work with chemistry department faculty.
Having earned first-year academic distinction, she has
been a pianist and president for the college instrumental
group, Prism Jazz, and a teacher at Summerbridge Manchester,
a program for high-school and college students. She has
been a campus volunteer coordinator for Teach for America
and vice president of Habitat for Humanity. She is a graduate
of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa.
"My Fulbright grant is to study and to try to lower the
cost of treating AIDS in Thailand, specifically, but in
a manner that may be adaptable or applicable to other developing
countries," Siripong explained. "Thailand has made great
strides in the prevention of AIDS through education programs
and other channels but millions of people continue to acquire
AIDS every year. My plan is to study for a master's of science
in health economics in an international program at Chulalongkorn
Her award covers travel, living expenses and a portion
of her tuition. She also plans to attend graduate school
to study organic chemistry and to continue research in anti-viral
and anti-cancer drugs. Her career goals include making drug
treatments affordable for citizens and governments around
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The
College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate