Eleven Williams Graduates Awarded Fulbright Grants

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Sept. 3, 2020—Eleven Williams College graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2020-21.

Five of the honorees will receive a one-year grant to study or conduct research in their academic fields, one will pursue an academic year-long binational internship in Mexico, and five 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.

This year’s Fulbright winners from Williams are:

Eduardo Avalos ’17, a political science major from Los Angeles, Calif., an academic internship with a Mexican organization

Joshua Choi ’20, a chemistry major from New York, N.Y., a research grant in Malaysia

Natalia Halpern Lagos ’20, an English major from La Dehesa, Chile, an English teaching assistantship to Spain

Ariel Koltun-Fromm ’20, a mathematics major from Haverford, Pa., an English teaching assistantship to Germany

Mariama N’Diaye ’17, a political science major from New York, N.Y., a research grant in the European Union

Robin Park ’17, an economics and mathematics major from Fullerton, Calif., a research grant in France

Anna Ringuette ’19, a chemistry major from Franklin, Tenn., a research grant in Germany

Megan Siedman ’20, a mathematics and sociology major from Easton, Conn., an English teaching assistantship to Bulgaria

Robert Smith ’20, an Arabic studies and biology major from St. Louis, Mo., a research grant in Jordan

Gaia Steinfield DeNisi ’20, an English major from Eureka, Calif., an English teaching assistantship to Malaysia

Jenna Yoo ’20, an art and Chinese major from Mission Hills, Calif., an English teaching assistantship to Taiwan

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 approximately 2,000 undergraduate 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. The college is also home to roughly 100 Master’s students enrolled in its renowned graduate programs in Development Economics and the History of Art (the latter offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute). 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.