Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Erin Ryan ’11

Erin Ryan 2011Erin Ryan ’11 discovered her life’s passion in a sixth grade social studies class. The 12-year-old from Craftsbury, Vt., knew she wanted to help build peace in the world after several community members came to speak about their experiences in the Peace Corps. “After hearing their accounts of all the good they had done and the difference they had made, I knew what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up,’” she says. “I brought this aspiration with me to Wheaton, where I continued my interest in international relations and discovered my love for the Russian language.” A double major in Russian and international relations, she will take another step toward fulfilling her passion in the coming year. With the support of a Fulbright grant, she will travel to Russia to teach English and pursue her quest for fluency in Russian. After that, she hopes to join the Peace Corps herself.


Nadila Yusuf ’11

Nadila Yusuf 2011Nadila Yusuf ’11 says that leadership and teaching have been constants in her life, starting in high school. During those years, as she worked through her own cultural and religious identity crisis as an Islamic Bangladeshi-American attending a predominantly white Catholic high school, she was the one to take the lead by founding a multicultural club to help her peers learn about and embrace diversity. And during her four years at Wheaton, teaching has been an integral part of her experiences—in settings from Rhode Island to Ghana. All of the experiences have paid off. Yusuf, a Flushing, N.Y., resident, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Bangladesh. As a teacher in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she plans to create inventive lessons and programs through group projects aimed at fostering academic development, interaction and a peer-to-peer learning environment. “Receiving the English teaching assistantship will allow me to continue to pursue my goals as an educator and fuel my passion to work with youth and young adults in a variety of settings.”


Marshall Scholar will begin studies at Oxford

Gabe AmoGabriel (“Gabe”) Felix Kofi Amo ’10, a political science major, was named a 2010 Marshall Scholar. With support from the Marshall, the Pawtucket, R.I., native will begin graduate studies this fall at Oxford University in England, focusing on the intersection of politics and public policy, and the role each plays in perpetuating cycles of poverty.

“Through substantive and symbolic ways, people are denied access to full societal participation on the basis of characteristics like social class and education level. The impact of social exclusion is striking—denying opportunity to particular communities and transmitting those outcomes from one generation to another.”

Photo / Annie Laurie Malarkey '09

Fulbright Scholar to study neurogenetics of sleep regulation

Stefana AlbuStefana Albu ’10, of Westford, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. The psychobiology major will work with Dr. Mayumi Kimura, who is internationally recognized for her work in molecular sleep research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. Albu will study the neurogenetics of sleep regulation.

“I immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. My parents reshaped their reality so that my brother and I would have opportunities unheard of in Romania. With their ambitious and humble outlooks on integrating, they truly fulfilled the American dream. It is their unceasing dedication and perseverance that has taught me that through hard work anything is possible.”