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Bates has acquired 10 Fulbright Scholar Award provides for 2022-23 — 9 to graduating seniors and the tenth to a latest graduate — to have interaction in educating and analysis alternatives all over the world.

The Fulbright program is the U.S. authorities’s flagship worldwide instructional trade program for achieved college students, students, artists, lecturers, and professionals to check, educate, or pursue essential analysis {and professional} tasks all over the world. This 12 months’s group is ready to journey to 9 nations, working throughout 4 continents.

Bates is a perennial Prime Producer of Fulbrights.

Bates has been named a Prime Producer of Fulbrights for 11 straight years, most not too long ago in 2021-22, and now heading towards a dozen.

9 of the Fulbright Scholar Awards are English educating awards that may take college students to Andorra, Argentina, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan.

The tenth award, a Fulbright Examine/Analysis Award to Maya Benziger ‘22, will fund analysis in Mongolia on the results of environmental change on motion and habitation patterns in that nomadic East Asian nation. 

In Mongolia’s capital metropolis of Ulaanbaatar, she is going to hunt down consultants in authorities and training to achieve an understanding of the forces driving migration.  She is going to then shift her focus to higher perceive the sprawling ‘ger’ neighborhood, an off-the-cuff metropolis of yurts that has sprung up round Ulaanbaatar.

Then it’s out to the distant steppes of Mongolia. “I’ll spend just a few months dwelling with a nomadic household to expertise environmental hardships first-hand,” Benziger says. She hopes to achieve “vital data on how Mongolia, which has a profitable historical past of together with non-sedentary populations into the nation and thus provides distinctive insights, is dealing with altering patterns of motion and habitation.”

A nomadic herder on horseback via the steppes of central Mongolia. on Oct. 11, 2008. Alixandra Zabin ’22 will use a Fulbright Scholar analysis grant to research the impact of environmental change on motion and habitation patterns in that nomadic East Asian nation. ({Photograph} by Michael Chu / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The purpose of the Fulbright program and the mission of Bates Faculty are powerfully complementary, says Robert Robust, a lecturer in English and director of Nationwide Fellowships.

“Fulbright understands the ‘transformative energy of our variations,’” mentioned Robust, quoting the Bates mission assertion.  “And as these college students journey into the world of COVID transitions, I inform them to prioritize happiness and security; they at all times must have each.”

Maya Benziger ’22

Fulbright recipient Maya Benziger ’22 of Aurora, Ill. - Study/Research Mongolia
Maya Benziger ’22 of Aurora, Ailing., a politics, historical past, and music triple main, was provided a Fulbright Examine/Analysis Award for Mongolia. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Maya Benziger ’22 of Aurora, Ailing., a Examine/Analysis Award for Mongolia

Bates Majors: Historical past, Politics, Music

Related Expertise: Work on the Heart for Knowledge’s Ladies in Lewiston; taught debate to middle-school college students in Boston with Debate Areas, based by Matthew Summers ’15 and Tessa Holtzman ’17.

Bates Actions: Merimanders music director and president; Brooks Quimby Debate Council novice director

Fulbright Analysis Function: Benziger will analysis the results of environmental change on motion and habitation patterns in Mongolia, particularly specializing in the political and financial points that come up because of altering local weather situations.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Mongolia: Utilizing music and artwork to create cross-cultural connections, and work with GerHub to attach with the Ger communities on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, together with youth applications.

Plans After Fulbright: Graduate faculty to pursue a regulation diploma with a give attention to worldwide and refugee regulation.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee Mentioned: “Maya’s curiosity in political and financial tensions associated to environmental and ecological modifications in Mongolia present her means to synthesize present and previous issues and historical past, and these pursuits permeate her on a regular basis life in conversations and courses. Maya cares deeply in regards to the individuals and organizations she works with, and strives to create significant bonds and construct sturdy communities.”

Extra about Benziger: Strolling to the Heart for Knowledge’s Ladies daily for work helped her really feel related to the Lewiston neighborhood and discover her focus. “I would like these deeper ranges of humanity that come from a devoted examine of individuals, what they assume, and why they act.”

Her areas of examine additionally gave her the attitude she wanted to have interaction totally along with her work. 

“Finding out historical past doesn’t immediately make me extra compassionate, nevertheless it does give me the instruments to know the place persons are coming from. Finding out politics might sound summary, nevertheless it offers me the power to higher perceive why individuals make the selections that they do. Finding out music doesn’t psychically join me with each individual I meet, nevertheless it permits deeper emotional bonds to type, even with out phrases. And typically, all it takes is a day by day stroll to work to determine this out.”


Elene Chamberlin ’22

Fulbright recipient Elene Chamberlin ’22 - ETA Andorra - of Brookline, Mass.
Elene Chamberlin ’22 of Brookline, Mass., a biology main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Andorra. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Elene Chamberlin ’22, an English educating assistant grant for Andorra

Bates Main: Biology

Related Expertise: Taught English to youngsters in Basque Nation, the autonomous neighborhood in Spain; educating assistant in biochemistry and taught yoga at Bates; English language learner tutor at Lewiston Excessive Faculty.

Bates Actions: Feminist Coalition president; Yoga Kula Membership president.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Andorra: To volunteer at a meals financial institution or ladies’s shelter and manage and supply a yoga class exterior her office, in addition to English courses and cooking or artwork actions.

Plans After Fulbright: To attend medical faculty.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Elene’s curiosity in Andorra is partly motivated by Andorra’s uniqueness as a small sovereign nation standing on the crossroads of many cultures. Her private data of the Basque Nation serves as a distinction to Andorra as she delves into the historical past and improvement of Andorra to understand the elements that led to its formation. Her compassion and empathy make her a great trainer, and he or she just isn’t afraid to take dangers and problem her personal boundaries. Elene is poised, type, and fascinating — she merely attracts others to her.”

Extra About Chamberlin: The primary day of eighth grade was significantly difficult for Chamberlin. Her household had moved to Basque Nation for the 12 months, to the city her mom had grown up in. Regardless of the household connection, Chamberlin felt like an outsider. So she went to work, adopting a learn-everything, fear-nothing mindset.

“I let my curiosity lead me to new conditions and new experiences,” she recollects. “I wished to find out about how they might abdomen consuming octopus soup for lunch, and so they wished to know if faculty in America was like Excessive Faculty Musical. Daily, little by little, these conversations constructed bridges and chipped away the variations between us. The method was a sluggish accumulation of small victories.”


Title and Fulbright Award: Henry Colt ’19, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Argentina

Bates Main: Anthropology

Related Expertise: Particular training paraeducator at Dzantik’i Heeni Center Faculty in Juneau, Alaska; educator in residence for experiential studying at Medomak Center Faculty in Waldoboro, Maine; award-winning author who acquired the 2019 Norton Author’s Prize; volunteer with Lewiston’s Tree Avenue program.

Bates Actions: Cross nation captain; monitor and subject; performed guitar and banjo for the American String Band ensemble.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Argentina: To hearken to and examine the standard classical guitar enjoying types of Argentina, together with accomplice dance music just like the Tango, culminating in a efficiency. He additionally hopes to share his love and data of bluegrass music, working, and writing with the individuals he meets.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a grasp’s diploma in inventive nonfiction and to proceed to carry out music.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Henry is a tremendous author — and likewise very humorous. His strategy to considering and dialog is quirky, in a means that appears meant (even when unconsciously) to deliver all individuals to good humor and mutual understanding.

Final summer season, as an alternative of sitting on the sofa when his job was canceled on account of COVID, Henry networked his means into two socially distant musical teams, one among which led to a transcription challenge of an early bluegrass banjo pioneer. It’s enjoyable to speak with Henry, and one leaves the trade feeling impressed about what is feasible on this planet.”

Extra About Colt: Whereas on a nightime task as a reporter with Alaska’s Every day Sitka Sentinel, Colt unintentionally walked straight off a dock and into Sitka Channel. However earlier than scrambling again to land, he made certain he retrieved his all-important reporter’s pocket book, which he discovered floating close by. 

He is aware of what to do to “get the duty at hand accomplished,” mentioned a colleague, who got here to admire Colt’s eager curiosity on this planet round him, his creativity in writing about it, and his real fondness for individuals he meets.


Etti Cooper ’22
Fulbright Scholar Etti Cooper ’22 of Denver, Colo., was awarded the Fulbright grant but has decided to attend graduate school instead.
Etti Cooper ’22 of Denver, Col., a biology main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Mexico. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Etti Cooper ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Mexico

Bates Main: Biology

Related Expertise: Intern with Latina Republic as an immigration author; peer tutor and educating assistant at Bates.

Bates Actions: Tutorial Useful resource Commons peer-assisted studying chief for biology and Spanish; Division of Biology educating assistant; Admission tour information.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Mexico: Cooper plans to hunt out naturalists and locals to show her in regards to the natural world of Mexico, in addition to create artwork on her personal and in neighborhood.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and educate on the college degree.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Etti is curious and devoted to studying the reality, and whereas she is respectful of various views, she just isn’t afraid to contradict a press release that isn’t backed up by info. She is going to incorporate her appreciation for the pure world and keenness for making science training accessible into the neighborhood wherein she lives.”

Extra About Cooper: Cooper’s honors thesis in biology appears at how temperature modifications would possibly in a different way have an effect on two totally different species of ant. She didn’t need to go far to gather her specimens, accumulating one species on the sidewalk exterior Carnegie Science Corridor, and the opposite round Mount David.

The primary time Cooper tried to show English to a Spanish speaker, she began by giving her scholar, a girl with a enterprise diploma from her native Venezuela, “5 pages of immaculately typed grammatical guidelines,” she recollects. It didn’t prove effectively. The lady had already achieved some English comprehension, which Cooper had not integrated into her strategy. 

“I realized that with the intention to decide tips on how to educate, I have to first learn the way and why the scholars had been studying and tailor my educating type to their instructional background.”


Julia Feist ’22
Fulbright Scholar Julia Feist ’22 of Burlington, Mass.

ETA Germany
Julia Feist ’22 of Burlington, Mass., a psychology main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Germany. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Julia Feist ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Germany

Bates Main: Psychology

Related Expertise: English literature tutor at Lewiston Center Faculty; peer tutor for English writing for Tutorial Useful resource Commons at Bates.

Bates Actions: American String Band Ensemble, Jewish Scholar Union, German Membership.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Germany: Feist will proceed performing music, and hopes to affix a band or music membership whereas in Germany, and discover and {photograph} the nation.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a profession in psychology, with a give attention to researching language studying and neuroplasticity.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Julia appears ahead to partaking along with her neighborhood in Germany via any of her wide-ranging pursuits: enjoying piano, guitar, and bass; studying, writing, images; and out of doors actions comparable to mountaineering and biking. Julia is dedicated to sharing her tradition and studying about others’, as evidenced by her heavy involvement with the Jewish Scholar Union at Bates regardless of being raised in a non-practicing Christian household.”

Extra About Feist: Feist has labored at a neighborhood restaurant in her hometown of Burlington, Mass., since 2018. She began as a busser, and was content material, even because the restaurant carried out COVID-19 protocols. “As a licensed neat freak, I used to be form of thriving,” she says. 

However then she was pressed into service as a hostess when the restaurant was short-staffed. Unexpectedly, the brand new duties “offered me with a way of accountability that compelled me to seek out my voice,” together with imposing masks mandates and standing up for her colleagues. That taught her the worth of teamwork. “I’m a part of a incredible crew of people that maintain one another up on robust nights. I’ve gained a way of accountability I by no means knew earlier than.


Jack Johnson ’22
Fulbright Scholar Jack Johnson ’22 of Brewster, Mass.

ETA Czech Republic
Jack Johnson ’22 of Brewster, Mass., a neuroscience main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Czech Republic. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Jack Johnson ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Czech Republic

Bates Main: Neuroscience

Related Expertise: Intern specializing in youth psychological well being analysis with the Institute for the Examine of Youth Resilience; English tutor on the Lewiston Public Library; science and math educating assistant on the Lewiston Center and Excessive Colleges; swimming teacher and member of the B1st2Swim lesson program at Bates.

Bates Actions: Males’s swimming and diving captain; AESOP Orientation journey chief.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Czech Republic: Johnson hopes to affix a neighborhood swim crew and assist coach and educate swimming, in addition to get pleasure from quite a lot of out of doors actions like mountaineering, kayaking, and foraging for mushrooms, and probably serving to with youth outreach applications involving the outside.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a Ph.D. in instructional neuroscience, proceed tutoring and educating, and conduct analysis in developmental psychology and neuroscience.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Jack is a accountable chief, with a assured and pleasant persona, making him a perfect mentor. His enthusiasm and love for educating shines via when he speaks about his work with youth. His persistence, optimistic angle, and reflective nature make Jack a pleasure to collaborate with and exhibits that he’s at all times working to higher himself and people round him. Jack is supposed to be a trainer.

Extra About Johnson: Giving swim classes as a young person on Cape Cod was a humbling means for Johnson to learn to educate. He discovered that his enthusiasm for swimming “didn’t put together me for the problem of comforting a screaming 5 12 months outdated who refused to enter the pool for her lesson.” Quickly, Johnson realized to “ acknowledge the numerous methods wherein individuals purchase data.” 

As a Lewiston Center Faculty math tutor, Johnson heard his college students speaking about fractions in Somali, the language of the nation from which they’d emigrated. So Johnson began writing down Somali phrases in a small pocket book every day, and requested his college students to outline the phrase, which they excitedly did. 

By semester’s finish, Johnson had a protracted record of Somali vocabulary phrases. “Exchanges like these have demonstrated the limitless quantity of data and expertise that may be attained via interacting with others.”


Megan Krieger ’22
Fulbright Scholar Megan Krieger ’22 of  Jamaica Plain, Mass.

ETA Germany
Megan Krieger ’22 of Boston, Mass., a politics main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Germany. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Megan Krieger ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Germany

Bates Main: Political science

Related Expertise: Instructing information internship at Booktrails Camp, a literacy journey camp; peer tutor for Arithmetic & Statistics Workshop.

Bates Actions: Main Ladies of Tomorrow treasurer, Each Voice Coalition steering committee

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Germany: Krieger hopes to give attention to youth-centered actions, like tutoring or childcare, in addition to discover native sports activities golf equipment to take part in, and go to galleries and museums.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a profession in training and, afterward, training coverage or nonprofit work.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “As a minor in training research, Megan has a wealth of expertise in numerous school rooms within the Lewiston public colleges — a whole lot of hours. She has labored with third graders in addition to eighth graders, and even has expertise with distant and hybrid classroom conditions serving to out a particular training trainer for the center faculty. She takes a studying strategy to new cultures and views; she listens and observes, then reacts. She teaches from the attitude of a accomplice, not an authority.”

Extra About Krieger: Throughout the pandemic, all of Megan’s tutoring for the Math & Stats Workshop passed off over Zoom. She works with college students within the course “Statistics for Political Evaluation,” which incorporates the programming language R. “It’s the primary introduction to pc science for lots of politics majors.”

Tutoring over Zoom, Krieger realized to “give attention to readability and creativity in communication. I realized tips on how to slowly learn aloud specific code areas, tips on how to verbally level out a difficulty that might have been simple to identify visually, and I got here up with options like copying and pasting small sections of code into the Zoom chat.”

“I realized rather a lot about adaptability and communication, which can serve me effectively in educating English in a classroom in Germany.”


Talia Kurlansky ’22
Fulbright Scholar Talia Kurlansky
ETA Taiwan
Talia Kurlansky ’22 of New York Metropolis, a politics and dance main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Taiwan. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Talia Kurlansky ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Taiwan

Bates Majors: Politics and Dance

Related Expertise: Volunteer with Large Brothers Large Sisters of Mid-Maine; creator and trainer of a motion class for youngsters for Lewiston Housing Authority, Mandarin tutor and dance trainer for center faculty college students in New York Metropolis.

Bates Actions: Co-executive director of Bates Dance Marathon; Lewiston Democratic Celebration Bates Voter Turnout program director; Bates Dance Membership co-president; Chinese language Language and Tradition Membership.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Taiwan: Kurlansky hopes to seek out volunteer alternatives involving dance, in addition to take dance courses to find out about Taiwanese dance tradition. She additionally plans to supply English tutoring exterior her ETA duties.

Plans After Fulbright:  To pursue a grasp’s diploma in worldwide affairs, and work in battle decision and diplomacy.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Talia is a frontrunner, organizer, and mentor. She is ready to flip a bunch of individuals right into a neighborhood, all talking the identical language: dance. For her, educating is a option to give again to the neighborhood and create change on this planet. She will likely be a dynamic presence in her new neighborhood.”

Extra About Kurlansky: Initially of her volunteer work with Large Brothers Large Sisters of Mid-Maine, Kurlansky figured she might use dance to foster a relationship along with her 8-year-old “sister.” However the little lady would have none of it. “For fairly some time I couldn’t break via to her.”

Then at some point, the lady requested Kurlansky about her dwelling. “So I gave her a digital tour of the New York house the place I grew up. She preferred town views and confirmed curiosity within the books in my dwelling. Quickly there was a barrage of questions.” Their relationship blossomed. “I realized that one secret to speaking is to indicate one thing of your self.”


George Schouten ’22
Fulbright Scholar George Schouten ’22 of New York City

ETA Uzbekistan
George Schouten ’22 of New York, a politics and rhetoric main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Uzbekistan. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: George Schouten ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Uzbekistan

Bates Majors: Politics and Rhetoric

Related Expertise: Instructing assistant at St. Anne’s Faculty in Harlem in highschool; Orientation journey chief at Bates.

Bates Actions: Rugby Soccer Membership president; AESOP Orientation journey chief; WRBC radio host.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Uzbekistan: Schouten plans to spend plenty of time enjoying chess, a well-liked recreation in Uzbekistan, whereas studying about Uzbek tradition, and he hopes to seek out alternatives to play rugby, additionally fashionable in Uzbekistan.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a profession in worldwide affairs, particularly in battle decision, learning inter-state disputes, or worldwide enterprise.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “George is pleasant and curious, and is a socially-aware listener in new environments. He adapts to new cultures effectively, and will likely be a great consultant of the U.S. He spent a summer season working on the U.S. Industrial Service connecting with numerous international companions to extend worldwide and intercultural trade via commerce. He has a pure intuition for dialog, communication, and discourse and can accomplice effectively with lecturers and professionals in Uzbekistan.

Extra About Schouten: “I’m fortunate that two of my largest pursuits, chess and rugby, are shared by the individuals of Uzbekistan,” Schouten says. “I’ve discovered that it’s at all times simpler to attach with individuals if you share a typical love.”

Schouten’s mother and father taught him chess “even earlier than they taught me to trip a bicycle.” Ever since, “the exasperated sighs from contemplative gamers and clatter of taking items has made me really feel at dwelling.”

Schouten is the president of the Bates Rugby Soccer Membership. Taking part in the game has “created friendships with individuals of many backgrounds from all around the world.” He’d wish to play or volunteer for a Uzbekistan youth crew, which might assist him refine his language expertise in a fast-paced setting, “whereas additionally serving to me type bonds with teammates and opponents alike.”


Alixandra Zabin ’22
Fulbright recipient Alexandra “Alix” Zabin ’22  - ETA Colombia- of Milford, Conn.
Alixandra Zabin ’22 of Milford, Conn., a psychology main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Colombia. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates Faculty)

Title and Fulbright Award: Alixandra Zabin ’22, an English Instructing Assistant Award for Colombia

Bates Main: Psychology

Related Expertise: Partnership with elementary faculty to serve early literacy intervention; management of Bates’ out of doors Orientation program; Overland Summers Journey Chief; Himalayan Healthcare trek in Nepal

Bates Actions: AESOP Orientation program coordinator; Jewish Scholar Union president; Multifaith Chaplaincy fellow; Bates Guide Buddies Neighborhood Outreach Fellow; Bates Outing Membership biking director; Bates B-Nicely Spinning Teacher; Bates Run Membership vice chairman.

Plans for Host-Neighborhood Engagement in Colombia: Zabin plans to seek out alternatives to be open air, interacting with locals and the world, in addition to providing free bike restore providers, and volunteering at a neighborhood library to assist youngsters join with books.

Plans After Fulbright: To pursue a grasp’s diploma in medical psychological well being counseling, specializing in transpersonal wilderness remedy.

What the Bates Fulbright Committee mentioned: “Alix’s curiosity in regards to the individuals round her is contagious, and he or she is aware of tips on how to ask questions. She seeks suggestions for her personal private {and professional} improvement regularly, a ability that will likely be important to the ETA position. She deeply cares about serving to others really feel comfy in new environments.”

Extra About Zabin: One winter at Bates, Zabin gave weekly snowshoeing classes to a bunch of Lewiston Center Faculty ladies.

Round 40 p.c of Lewiston’s college students are from immigrant households. Many of the Zabin’s college students had been the youngsters of Somali Bantu immigrants who “had little expertise in chilly out of doors environments,” Zabin explains. Some eagerly embraced the problem, prepared to danger stumbling over their outsized “sneakers.” Others wanted comforting and encouragement.

 Zabin tried to attach with every scholar in a different way, “utilizing jokes, video games, and questions.” By spring, the women “had been wonderful snowshoers,” she says. “It was empowering to observe the women really feel assured within the chilly snowfields and learn to discover happiness in a brand new surroundings.”


Henry Colt ’19
Henry Colt ’19 of Juneau, Alaska, an anthropology main, was provided an English Instructing Assistant Award for Argentina. (Brewster Burns for Bates Faculty)

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