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Five Case undergraduates win Fulbright Scholarships

Five members of the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2004 have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for research and study abroad during the next academic year.

It is the largest number awarded to a single undergraduate class in the university's history.

Winners included Alexia De Vincentis of Northfield Center, OH; Kenneth Franko of Oxford, CT; Jason Haserodt of Cleveland; Samer Korkor of Canton, OH; and Dorothy Potter of Midlothian, VA. Their scholarships will take them to Germany, South America and the Middle East, for projects ranging from developing air pollution models in Chile to studying end-of-life decision making in Syria.

"The scholarships recognize the quality and diversity of our students' intellectual pursuits and talents," said Margaret B. Robinson, dean of undergraduate studies and the university's Fulbright advisor. "These outstanding students took full advantage of Case's undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, as well as foreign language, interdisciplinary and dual degree programs, and used these experiences to develop their winning proposals."

DeVincentis, a triple major in economics, political science and Spanish, who studied in Chile in her junior year, will spend next year with the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equality and Growth (CIPPEC) in Argentina. She will work with the center's Initiative of Access to Justice, developing an index of unmet legal needs among groups offering legal services to the poor. Creating such an index, she says, is "the first attempt to develop a comprehensive measure of the principal impediments to the use of the legal system by underprivileged sectors of the population."

Franko, who earned dual degrees in aerospace engineering and Spanish and spent a semester as a student in Chile, will work with a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Chile and a researcher from Chile's National Center for the Environment to improve air pollution models for the city of Santiago. The models will be used as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce levels of air pollution in that city. Franko is also planning to take classes at the University of Santiago.

Haserodt, a history and German double major, will use his scholarship to spend next year as an English language teaching assistant in Germany, a step towards his goal of becoming a high school teacher of German and history. Haserodt has studied in Germany twice before, taking classes in German language, history and culture. He also plans to continue research on the subject of his senior thesis, the history of the German Communist Party in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Korkor will spend the 2004-05 academic year at the University of Damascus and the Syrian Ministry of Health, researching the process by which end-of-life decisions are made. Kokor says he plans to study the process from the point of view of the patient, the family, and the physician, as well as the impact that Syria's various health care options (public, private, and hybrid) have on decision-making. He will also examine the role religious belief plays in the process, since Syria is home to a substantial Christian minority along with its Muslim majority. Korkor, who is of Syrian descent, graduated from Case in four years with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in bioethics.

Potter, who obtained bachelor's degrees in German Studies and in Management, and spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of Frankfurt, will also serve as an English language teaching assistant in Germany next year. She also plans to continue her research examining public perceptions of business failure. She has co-authored an article on the subject which she is seeking to have published. While at Case Potter captained the women's Ultimate Frisbee team, and she hopes to establish an Ultimate Frisbee program at the school where she will teach.

 

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