UNH Students Win Fulbright
Scholarships To Study Abroad
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
May 19, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – Five University of New Hampshire students were
named national finalists in this year’s Fulbright U.S. Student
Program, and four of those students received grants to conduct career-launching
study and research abroad. The fifth was named an alternate.
Each year, approximately 4,500 U.S. students apply for about 1,000
fellowships in all fields of study. In the past 56 years, the Fulbright
Program has provided more than a quarter of a million students,
scholars and professional worldwide with the opportunity to observe
each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions,
exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures. This year 10 UNH students
applied to the program.
“UNH is greatly honored to have so many of its students chosen
to participate in this prestigious program,” said UNH President
Ann Weaver Hart. “These students are shining examples of the
importance of undergraduate research and study abroad in a comprehensive
first-rate higher education, and they deserve to be recognized for
their outstanding achievement.”
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 through an act of
Congress in order to demonstrate U.S. commitment to democratic values
worldwide. UNH’s Fulbright finalists for the 2004-2005 academic
year are as follows:
Catherine Bozek, of South Hadley, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship to teach English in South Korea. Bozek, who completed
a master’s in Natural Resources at UNH in 2003, also hopes
to learn more about management and outreach programs related to
ecological systems while in Korea.
Jessica MacManus, of Seekonk, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship to conduct research at the Cheetah Conservation Fund
in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, studying "The Effects of Social Interaction,
Hormones, and Behavior on the Estrus Cycle of Cheetahs.” She
will graduate from UNH this May with a bachelor’s of science
in Wildlife Management.
Lisa Newcombe, of Augusta, Maine, was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship to teach English as a Second Language in Germany. Newcombe
will graduate from UNH this May with a bachelor’s in German
and a minor in musical theater.
Jessie Wallner, of Concord, N.H., was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship to study “Musical Form and Function Among the
Three Sakya-pa Sub-sects of Tibetan Buddhism” in Kathmandu,
Nepal. She graduated from UNH in 2003 with a bachelor’s in
Music Education and a minor in anthropology.
Valerie Smith, of Concord, Mass., was named an alternate
in the national competition for study in Germany. She graduated
from UNH in December 2003 with a bachelor’s in Communication