MIT Fulbright Scholars and Upcoming Scholarships

By Kimberly Benard, Program Advisor for Distinguished Fellowships

MIT was proud to announce that six students received Fulbright grants this past year, and they have now all begun their research abroad.

V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai, a Ph.D. candidate in systems biology who also has earned MIT degrees in engineering and media arts and sciences, is headed to India to examine indigenous systems of medicine and their possible use within more modern mainstream treatments.

Matthew DeJong is a Ph.D. student studying building technology under John Ochsendorf, associate professor of architecture. DeJong will be traveling to the Netherlands to examine modeling of historic masonry structures subjected to dynamic loading. He hopes to uncover the behavior of masonry under stress and to develop effective safety measures.

Francesca DeMeo earned her B.S. from MIT in planetary science in 2006 and graduated with her M.S. in planetary science in June 2007. She will travel to France to study at the Paris Observatory. While there, she will begin to characterize asteroids with a special emphasis on potentially hazardous objects. A native of Boxford, Mass., she will complete her Ph.D. work in planetary science while in Paris.

David Lee earned his S.B. in physics in 2006 and completed his M.C.P. in urban studies and planning in June 2007. He will travel to South Korea to examine Seoul's design aspects for elderly access. He hopes to return to the U.S. and apply the knowledge he gains to the design of elderly- and disabled-friendly city walkways.

Jonathan Rose will go to Nicaragua to examine their participatory democratic process for economic development in fourteen regions of the country. He will use the results of his research to complete his Ph.D. in political science at MIT.

Sarah Zukerman will travel to Colombia on both a Fulbright Grant and a Social Science Research Council Grant. While there, she will examine Colombia's demobilization and reintegration programs and their effectiveness in curbing guerrilla violence. This research will form the basis of her Ph.D. dissertation in political science.

Upcoming Scholarships

Our most promising scholarship candidates come from faculty and administrative recommendations (students are much more likely to seek our office and follow through with the process if someone in authority recognizes their ability and encourages them to apply for these awards). We therefore look for your help to recognize and encourage promising students. Please take a moment to look at the upcoming awards below to see if you know any student that would make an excellent candidate for these.

Truman Scholarship:
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered for graduate study in preparation for a career in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service. The scholarship recognizes students for their outstanding potential as leaders in public service and members of a community devoted to helping others and to improving the environment. Candidates should have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential to improve the ways that public entities serve the public good. Scholarships of up to $30,000 are awarded to approximately 70 students, selected by state of residence. Approximately 600-650 students are nominated each year. MIT INTERNAL DEADLINE: Monday, November 19

Merage American Dream Scholarship:
The Merage American Dream Fellows program is a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to exceptional immigrant students. The Foundation selects Fellows based on their academic record, their leadership, their consistent ethical behavior, the clarity of their American Dream, and their potential to contribute importantly to America. Merage Fellows receive $10,000 stipend annually for two years ($20,000 total) to help them pursue their American Dream. The Foundation also provides Merage Fellows with strategic access to mentors and leaders in their chosen careers. Up to 66 students can be nominated from designated partner institutions for this award, with nearly 15 of these 66 students ultimately being selected for the program. MIT INTERNAL DEADLINE: Monday, November 19

The Beinecke Scholarship is a $32,000 award for outstanding students to pursue graduate education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences anywhere. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in their selection of a graduate course of study; thus it is highly appropriate for MIT students interested in these fields. Applicants often come from disciplines such as Courses 4, 11, 14, 17, 21, and 24, but any student who is interested in pursuing such study is encouraged to apply. Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate one student each for national consideration and about 20 scholarships are awarded.