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Loyola University Chicago Students to Embark on New Research Fronts
Fulbright Awardees to Study in Zambia, Morocco, and Vietnam
CHICAGO, May 24, 2011 –Three recent Loyola University Chicago graduates have been honored with coveted Fulbright grants. The Fulbright Grant program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Each of these Loyola graduates will be traveling abroad to further their education and research.
Change Kwesele (BA ‘11)
Earning her BA in black world studies and international studies this May, Kwesele has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant for 2011–2012 to study in Zambia. She will use the grant to conduct research on the high rates of young women leaving secondary education in Zambia.
More specifically, Kwesele plans to study an organization that succeeds in keeping women in school, and will also study the effect that the organization has on young women’s attitudes, retention, and completion rates. Kwesele’s ultimate goal is to see Zambian young women complete school and become influential members of society.
Armaan Siddiqi (BA ‘11)
Siddiqi was awarded the Fulbright Research Grant for 2011–2012 to study in Morocco. Siddiqi plans to analyze Moroccan Muslim women’s involvement in an Islamic social movement, specifically the Qadiri Boutchichi Sufi Order. After graduating this May with a BA in anthropology and international studies, Siddiqi plans to attend graduate school with an emphasis on Middle Eastern studies after her research is completed.
In addition, Siddiqi wants to see if there is a connection between the Sufi Order and the empowerment of female participants in modern society in her research. She would also like to discover whether or not the empowerment that women receive from the order is the motivation behind joining.
Laurel Yohe (BS ’11)
Giving her the opportunity to enhance her career goals in biogeographically research, Yohe has been awarded the Fulbright Research Grant for the 2011–2012 year. After graduating this May 2011 with a BS in Bioinformatics, Yohe will travel to Vietnam in order to evaluate the changes in the distributions of several bird species over time.
Her focus will be on areas with the greatest conservation needs in the hopes of expanding Vietnam’s knowledge base of biodiversity. This grant will enable Yohe to build ties with scientists abroad who are striving for the same goal of understanding the world around us and how to protect it.
“Although each student is heading toward very different countries for their research, they have much in common: great intelligence, determination, and critical thinking skills, plus a genuine desire to help others, both at home and abroad,” said James M. Calcagno, PhD, fellowship office director and professor of anthropology. “Each personifies the missions of both Loyola University Chicago and the Fulbright Program.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.