April 30, 2010

Jenny Boyar ’08, Amanda Pisetzner ’10, and Bradley Williams ’10 Receive Fulbrights

Bradley Williams ’10 (Marriottsville, Md.) believes the semester he spent studying in Argentina was one of the most exciting times of his life.

“I didn’t know anyone upon arriving, and I quickly found that I had much to learn with respect to the language,” says Williams. “However, I left with some unforgettable memories, made many lasting friendships, and learned a lot more about my own personal interests. Most importantly, I feel like I returned home with more of a ‘carpe diem’ attitude than I previously had.”

Williams will be going back to Argentina in the fall to teach English to future English as a Second Language teachers and provide graphic design and business support for a local nonprofit organization.

He, Jenny Boyar ’08, and Amanda Pisetzner ’10 have received English Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grants. Boyar, who graduated with an A.B. in English and psychology, will teach conversational English to secondary school students in Taiwan. Pisetzner, who graduated with an A.B. with majors in English and equality and social justice, had to decline a grant to teach in Turkey. They are the 27th Lafayette students to receive Fulbrights in the past 11 years.

As a research assistant in the College of Pharmacy International Program at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Boyar has been performing research on insomnia prescription patterns and the challenges facing international students in U.S. higher education.

“I know that my job options after college resulted from the research experience I was fortunate enough to receive at Lafayette,” she says.  “I’ve been profoundly influenced by so many faculty and staff at Lafayette, who continue to offer tremendous support. I was encouraged to explore and expand my interests, and I carried this over into my life post-graduation.”

At Lafayette, Boyar was an editorial assistant for Alix Ohlin, assistant professor of English; performed research on body image with Jamila Bookwala, associate professor of psychology; and worked on epilepsy research with Paul Cefalu, associate professor of English. She presented research at the 20th and 21st National Conferences on Undergraduate Research and collaborated with the National Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey on planning efforts for a new museum on the history of the illness.

Williams, who has a self-designed major in multimedia design and marketing and a minor in Spanish, plans to pursue a graduate degree and a career in marketing or graphic design.

“I feel that the Fulbright will help me to develop my skills in real-world situations, while also giving me the opportunity to learn different perspectives on life. I also hope to become fluent in Spanish by the time I return from my Fulbright experience,” he says.

Williams was part of last semester’s Technology Clinic, which focused on management of surface water runoff in Easton’s West Ward neighborhood, and he is working on an independent study on graphic design with Lew Minter, director of the art department’s media lab. He also is a member of the College’s Division I track and field team, the Lafayette Leadership Education committee, and Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

See a list of recent Lafayette recipients of national and international scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and post-graduate study. For information on applying for scholarships and fellowships, contact Julia A. Goldberg, associate dean of the College, (610) 330-5521.

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