To date, 10 current and recently graduated Trojans have received the Fulbright Fellowship to study, conduct research or teach abroad. The recipients were selected on the basis of academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, has provided the opportunity to more than 100,000 Americans to observe political, economic, educational and cultural institutions worldwide. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
The students selected and their areas of study are:
Michelle Damian MA ’10, a doctoral student in history at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, will examine island and coastal communities of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea to determine the developing maritime cultural landscape during the Muromachi era of 1336 to 1573.
Lydia Green ’09, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from USC Dornsife College, will pursue a Master of Arts in language documentation and description at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies to prepare for doctoral research in endangered languages.
Lyndsey Hoh ’11, who earned a Bachelor of Music in tuba performance from the USC Thornton School of Music, will study at the University of Helsinki in Finland with musicologist and semiotician Eero Tarasti. She will research the symbology and semiotics of music inspired by the Finnish epic Kalevala.
Emily Kamen ’11, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from USC Dornsife College, will teach English in South Korea and study traditional Korean practices to advance her knowledge of medicine.
Fred Lee JD ’11, who graduated from the USC Gould School of Law after focusing on intellectual property and entertainment law, will analyze South Korean law as it pertains to the film industry.
Gary Lee ’07, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from USC Dornsife College and has been working for the White House for more than two years, will move to Seoul to examine the Korean legislature’s role in the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
Debory Li MA ’10, who earned a Master of Arts in broadcast journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, plans to produce a documentary that will examine how Taiwan’s history, politics and educational system influenced and shaped the country’s identity. Her project will include an internship at Taiwan’s Public Television Service Foundation.
Cara Magnabosco ’11 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at USC Dornsife College. Her Fulbright year will be spent at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway. She will conduct research at the Longyearbyen CO2 Lab, working to implement carbon capture and storage technologies in order to reduce annual carbon emissions in coal mining.
Amanda Tasse MFA ’09, a doctoral student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an emphasis on media arts and practice, will participate in a joint research venture between scientists and filmmakers to be hosted by the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Finland. She will learn the research methods of neurocinematics and begin to apply them to animated material.
Tiffany Yang ’11, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature at USC Dornsife College, will teach English to secondary school students in South Korea. She will spend time outside of the classroom leading English communication and creative writing workshops for the local community.
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