University's four Fulbright winners headed to Sri Lanka and Latin America

2011-12 competition is now open

Nadine Channaoui ‘10

The Brandeis student body has posted its best ever showing in the competition for prestigious Fulbright Fellowships, with four winners and two alternates in the 2010-2011 selection process.

The winners, all of whom graduated this spring, are:

  • Nadine Channaoui ‘10, a psychology major who will research the effects of emigration in Bolivia
  • Danielle Hollenbeck-Pringle ‘10, a double major in economics and in Health: Science, Society and Technology, who will study the impacts of midwives in Sri Lanka
  • Anna Panchesnikov ‘10, a pre-medicine student who majored in Hispanic Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, who will examine the availability and use of prenatal HIV/AIDS prevention resources in the Dominican Republic, and
  • Hilda Poulson ‘10, a history major, who will study community engagement in Venezuela

Dean of Academic Services Kim Godsoe, whose office assists students in preparing Fulbright applications, attributed students' successes in the stiff competition for the fellowships to Brandeis being a small liberal arts college that exists in the context of a research university.

"The relationships that students develop with their professors here are instrumental in developing the research skills necessary to conceive and execute this type of proposal," Godsoe said.

The 2011-12 competition is now open. Godsoe said students typically work on their proposals during the summer months and file their applications with the university in late August or early September.

Applications include a specific plan of study, a personal narrative, three letters of recommendation, and a language report. Godsoe said that Brandeis students considering applying should contact her at 781-736-3474 or by e-mail at for assistance in developing sound proposals.

J. William Fulbright was one of the most prominent and influential American statesmen of the 20th century, serving longer than anyone before or since as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and profoundly influencing America's foreign policy.

With support from the United States government and through partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts with the goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. There have been more than 250,000 Fulbright students, scholars and teachers since the first scholars went overseas in 1948.

Visit the Fulbright website for detailed information about the program, the application process, and guidance sessions that will be held in cities across the country during the summer.

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