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ISSUE 119 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/5/2006

Fulbrights announced

By Stephanie Soucheray
Variety Editor

Friday, May 5, 2006

Four St. Olaf seniors have been named Fulbright Scholars, receiving grants to study abroad for the 2006-2007 school year. One alumnus was also given the grant, and one senior has been named an alternate for the award.

In the past four years, St. Olaf has produced 22 Fulbright scholars, further evidence of the school's commitment to the "global citizenship" of students.

Professor of Norwegian Solveig Zempel, who helps head the St. Olaf Fulbright advisory committee, is not surprised by St. Olaf's consistent numbers of Fulbright scholars.

"Our students come from a school where they are more inclined to study abroad, and inclined to carry on studies in graduate school," she said.

Seniors Brennan Decker, Russell Johnson, Rose Keimig and Brendan Mrosak will be traveling to three different countries next year with the Fulbright grant.

Decker will travel to Hungary to study cell protein action, continuing his studies in both biology and chemistry.

"I have been given the amazing opportunity to work in one of the world’s premiere nanobiotechnology labs with some wonderful and brilliant people in a city and country that I adore," said Decker who did research last summer in the same lab.

Johnson will go to Melbourne, Australia to study malaria parasites. Johnson will graduate with a degree in chemistry and a concentration in biomolecular science.

Both Keimig and Mrosak will journey to China. Keimig, an Asian studies major, will study fastpitch softball in Beijing.

"I've been studying Chinese since I was a freshman here at St. Olaf," Keimig said. "This is a good way to continue learning and using the language. I spent a semester in Shanghai during my junior year, so I'm looking forward to getting to know a different city."

Mrosak will be in northern China at the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Engineering Research Institute. Mrosak has a triple major in Asian studies, math and economics; his research will focus on water consumption in households. Earning a Fulbright is a dream come true for Mrosak.

Brian Anderson '05, has been granted a Fulbright to study neuroscience and Norwegian in Norway.

Meredith Johnson '06 has been named an alternate for the program. Her studies would take her to India to study creative writing.

All of the Fulbright winners expressed gratitude for the help of faculty members.

“The on-campus Fulbright committee was amazing,” Decker said. “In particular, insightful questions asked by [the committee members] helped me consider the meaning of my education in a more thoughtful manner.”

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