Caitlin Lupton ’09 of Wiscasset, Maine, Addison Kemp '09 of Holden, Massachusetts, and Kathryne Schwartz '09 of Ridgewood, New Jersey have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for study abroad next year.
Lupton, an environmental science major with a minor in anthropology, is planning to study ecotourism in the Colombian national park system. She will be doing research in conjunction with the University of Javierana. "I was astounded when I found out that I received this award," Lupton said. "I am so excited and lucky to have been granted an award that will permit me to study the topic of my utmost interest, gain cultural perspective, and further my language skills."
Kemp will be working with Jukka Jernvall, a professor of developmental and evolutionary biology at the University of Helsinki, studying evolutionary development in teeth. A biology and biophysics major, she has long been interested in this subject, and said that "Jernvall's lab is the best place in the world for doing this kind of research in teeth, so this really is an amazing opportunity for me." She added, "I'm incredibly excited to be going to Finland on a Fulbright next year despite the fact that I know absolutely no Finnish."
Schwartz will be researching celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that is characterized by gluten hypersensitivity, at the Institute of Food Science in Avellino, Italy. A biology major with a minor in studio art, Schwartz was the latest Mount Holyoke student to receive notice about her Fulbright. The added anticipation made receipt of the award "that much more exciting," she said. "As a graduating senior, it's a relief to know where I'll be and what I'll be doing next year. I'm certain it will be an intellectually and personally rewarding experience. Words cannot adequately express how grateful I am for this fantastic opportunity."
Kim Parent, interim Fulbright advisor, is proud of this year's Fulbright winners. "My goal was to continue the long-standing tradition of Mount Holyoke Fulbright scholars. Career Development Center associate director Katya King, who is on leave for the year, flew in to assist me with advising students on the final revisions of their proposals. I was able to experience a great Fulbright season with three Fulbright scholars, one French Government Teaching Assistantship, and three other finalists. It has been very exciting."