11 Fulbright Recipients Will Study Globally

Eleven UNC students have received 2008-09 U.S. Student Fulbright Program awards to study, teach or conduct research in other countries.

Nationwide, more than 1,450 students were chosen for academic or professional achievement and leadership potential.

The nation’s largest international exchange program, the Fulbright operates in more than 155 countries. The late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas established the program in 1946 to build mutual understanding among people of the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. At UNC, it is administered by the Center for Global Initiatives.

This year’s Fulbright scholars and their projects, listed alphabetically by N.C. locality and by state, are:


Kyle Beaulieu, a political science major, will focus on international relations education in Austria while studying at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. His studies will center on social justice, democracy, human rights and cultural understanding.


Anthony Dest, a Latin American studies major, will study conflict resolution at La Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. His research will focus on social and economic development.

Tamara Johnson, a geography major, will analyze post-apartheid South Africa to better understand citizenship, belonging and identity in landless communities. She also will analyze narratives and cultural expressions.


Brenda Baletti, a geography major, will research efforts to reduce land conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon. Her research will include a case study of conflict between small and large property holders.


Emily Laborde, an English and French major, will teach English in secondary schools in South Korea and complete community-based service work with women and families. She will work to understand the social and support service needs in rural communities.


Alana Wilson, a geological sciences major, will study glacier ice systems in Mongolia. Wilson is a Morehead-Cain Scholar.


John de Lancie, a peace, war and defense and Arabic double major from South Pasadena, will create a documentary on three Iraqi and Jordanian families to discover the relationship between their two communities. De Lancie is a Morehead-Cain Scholar.


Anna Lassiter of Dallas, a comparative literature and Romance languages double major, will teach English in South Korea. Lassiter is a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

Marion Lensgraf, an international studies major from Houston, will work to help non-native English teachers in Argentina communicate better with their students. She also will complete a Spanish course designed to prepare her for a career in international education policy.


Cassandra O’Lenick of Annandale, an environmental sciences and engineering major in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will travel to Poland to study environmental law, policy and scientific procedure. She also will study Poland’s cooperation with the European Union’s environmental policy.

Waitman Beorn of Powhatan, a history major, will conduct archival research in Germany to understand the complexity of German soldiers’ participation in the Holocaust on the Eastern Front.

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