Fulbright Fever

Six Greyhounds apply for the prestigious awards

By Kim Hall  |  Cover photo by Sourav Das/Flickr Creative Commons

Last year a single Loyola student applied for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program—and won.

This year, six Loyola students and alumni have applied to follow in the footsteps of Tania Ziegler, ’09, who is now studying foreign direct investment in Beijing.

Established in 1946 to foster scholarship and understanding between the U.S. and other countries, the Fulbright program supports student research abroad. “The key is to come up with a project that can only be done in the country you’re applying for, not something that can be researched at a library here in the States,” said Arthur Sutherland, Ph.D., Loyola’s director of national fellowships and associate professor of theology.

Working closely with the applicants, Sutherland helps them fine-tune their proposals and guides them through the application process—and then hopes they’ll receive the same good news Ziegler did last spring. Fulbright applicants receive notification between March and June.

Take a look at this year’s Loyola Fulbright applicants and their proposals:

Mary Anne McElroy, ’10

A tour of several ethnic minority villages in Yunnan province while studying in China her junior year piqued Mary Anne McElroy’s interest in the region’s minority cultures.

“As a lifelong Irish stepdancer, I was particularly interested in the minority
folk dances which the villages performed, and as a political science
major, I was interested in the government’s role in these cultures,” said McElroy, who hopes to pursue a career in foreign relations, specifically between the U.S. and China. “The Chinese government recognizes the detriment that urbanization and modernization pose to minority village traditions and has instituted several programs to protect them. I want to study ways the government preserves minority dances through education and tourism and explore reasons why they view this preservation necessary.”

Francis Quattrone, ’09

During his senior year, Francis Quattrone researched the venom of wasps native to the U.S. under the direction of David Rivers, Ph.D., professor of biology. As he approached graduation and wanted to pursue his research further, Rivers put him in touch with Fevzi Uçkan, a professor at the University of Kocaeli in Turkey, who immediately invited Quattrone to continue his research there.

Quattrone hopes to take Uçkan up on the offer with the help of a Fulbright. Working with Uçkan and Rivers, Quattrone would study the venom of wasps specific to Turkey to try to identify a substance within the venom that could be cloned to create an insecticide.

“A potential contributing factor to the decline in honeybee populations is the wax moth,” explained Quattrone, an aspiring research physician interested in immunology and toxicology. “These pest populations can be limited by the use of a parasitic wasp (Apanteles galleriae) specific to the northern region of Turkey. Providing evidence that it alters the immune response of the wax moth and identifying the responsible components will establish a foundation to clone this substance for use as a highly specific, environmentally safe bio-insecticide.”

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