Updated as of May 23, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 10, 2017—Fifteen Williams College students and five alumnae have been offered Fulbright grants for 2017-18, setting a new record for the college for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.
Nine of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 11 will receive English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional expertise.
Several Williams applicants have been designated as alternates. Decisions for those candidates will be made later in the spring.
The Fulbright winners from Williams are:
Aseel Abulhab ’15, a history major from West Bloomfield, Mich., a research grant in social work to Jordan
Samantha Avila ’16, a chemistry and French major from Chapel Hill, N.C., a research grant in biology to France
Hannah Benson ’17, a comparative literature and French major from Jackson, N.H., an English teaching assistantship to Andorra
Elizabeth Curtis ’17, a women’s, gender and sexuality studies major from Jamaica Plain, Mass., a research grant in public health to India
Desiree Daring ’13, an anthropology major from Brooklyn, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship in Spain
Mary Elizabeth Dato ’17, a political economy and Spanish major from Poway, Calif., an English teaching assistantship to Spain
Lane Davis ’17, a biology major from Atlanta, Ga., a research grant in ecology to Ecuador
Libby Dvir ’16, a psychology major from New York, N.Y., an English teaching assistant in Argentina
Peter Hale ’17, an English and history double major from Swampscott, Mass., an English teaching assistantship to Germany
Alexandra Mendez ’17, an English and sociology major from San Juan, Puerto Rico, an English teaching assistantship to Spain
Gemma Holt ’17, an English and environmental policy major from Seattle, Wash., a research grant in environmental studies in Finland
Olivier Joseph ’17, a chemistry major from Willingboro, N.J., an English teaching assistantship in Spain
Chinmayi Manjunath ’17, a mathematics major from Saratoga, Calif., an English teaching assistantship in Bulgaria
Juliette Norrmen-Smith ’17, an English and French major from Montclair, N.J., an English teaching assistantship in Andorra
Reidar Riveland ’17, a mathematics major from Kent, Wash., a research grant in cognitive science in Switzerland
Deanna Segall ’17, an anthropology major from Potomac, Md., an English teaching assistantship in Poland
Samuel Steakley ’17, a physics major from Houston, Texas, a research grant in engineering in Chile
Haley Stewart ’15, a comparative literature major from Portland, Ore., an English teaching assistantship in Mexico
Vidya Venkatesh ’17, a math and philosophy double major from Swarthmore, Penn., a research grant in philosophy to Ireland
Caroline White-Nockleby ’17, an American studies and geosciences major from Santa Monica, Calif., a research grant in geography in Chile
The Fulbright Program is funded by the Department of State and is the largest international exchange program in the United States. It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 and offers various grants in research and teaching for students, scholars, and professionals.
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.