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Beloiters bound for Russia, Turkey with Fulbright awards

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Three students who graduated on Sunday have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Amani Edwards and Kate Sedlacek will become English teaching assistants in Russia and Beatrice Santa-Wood will be one in Turkey.

“I am very excited about this opportunity – it is a great honor,” Sedlacek said.

Sedlacek from Olympia, Wash., will be posted in Omsk, which is in Siberia. While she is there, the anthropology and Russian double major plans to continue a research project that she began while studying in Moscow in the fall of 2010 involving the affordability of clothing in Russia. She also hopes to volunteer at a museum.

Atlanta native Edwards will be posted in Novosibirsk, also in Siberia. In addition to her teaching assistantship, the modern languages major will conduct research on ethnic minority groups and language policy.

Santa-Wood, a political science major and European studies minor, hopes to work on a local program for women and teenage girls in Turkey.

“I have to get a feel for the town in Turkey, but it will definitely be something with women and empowerment,” the Colorado Springs, Colo., native said.

The Beloiters will be three of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens traveling abroad during the 2012-13 academic year as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright program is meant to foster intercultural understanding and operates in 155 countries worldwide.