Third Student Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Hadley Boehm of Perry is the third Alma College student this year to
receive a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate
coursework and conduct research in a foreign country.
Boehm, an April graduate who majored in biology, will assess the extent to which scientific research is incorporated in efforts to protect wetlands in Canada through a series of interviews, coursework and case study analysis.
“I couldn’t get the smile off my face when I heard I had received the Fulbright,” says Boehm. “I told my professor and advisor the good news, and I called my mom and dad and grandma.”
Boehm’s Ontario-based research will analyze the role that scientific research has played in two specific case studies: Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo and Luther Marsh north of Waterloo. Both sites are part of the Grand River Watershed under the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources. She will conduct her research while studying at the University of Waterloo beginning in September.
“Canada’s role in wetland management and restoration is of international importance, not only in helping address global climate change but because of the effect Canadian wetland policy has on migratory waterfowl,” says Boehm.
A graduate of Morrice High School, she is the daughter of Robert and Michell Boehm.
Boehm becomes Alma College’s 13th Fulbright Scholar in the last six years. Earlier this year, Grandville senior Rebecca Peacock and Vermontville senior Alyssa Gooch were awarded Fulbright scholarships to teach and work in Malaysia.
Recommendations from the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education, the coordinating body for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, are made on the strength of applicants' self-designed programs to be conducted in specific countries. The applications are forwarded to the Fulbright commissions in the projects' countries, which select recipients from all candidates applying in those countries. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board makes the final selections.
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent baccalaureate graduates, master's degree and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. A scholar receives expenses for one year of study.
Alma's Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee helps finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships and review the proposals and applications. Alma's committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.
Posted: Sat, May 3rd, 2008 at 7:59AM