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Recipients of the 2009 Woolley Fellowships Announced

The Center for International Education (CIE) at Washington and Lee University has announced the recipients of the 2009 Woolley Fellowships, provided through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Woolley in honor and memory of their son, Erik.

Washington and Lee supports a number of summer internship opportunities abroad through the Shepherd Poverty Program, the Latin-American and Caribbean Studies Program and the CIE.

Each fellowship provides up to $3,000 toward travel and living expenses to support an educational internship experience overseas. Proposals must demonstrate how projects will prepare students better for deeper global engagement, foster learning within an international professional practice and deepen students’ understanding of another culture.

This year’s recipients are:

Carolyn Small of Houston, Texas, and Natalie Bunnell of Clarendon Hills, Ill. , will both be working at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam. Last spring term, both studied with W&L Chemistry Professor Erich Uffelman in Amsterdam, combining chemistry and art through a technical examination of 17th-century Dutch painting. Both members of the W&L class of 2010, they have been invited to work this summer with Dr. William Wei, a leading conservation scientist who works at the Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Melissa Deokaran of Husser, La., and Felice Herman of Fairfield, Pa., members of the W&L class of 2011, will be traveling to Italy to join work on the archeological site at Gabii, near Rome. Gabii, where excavation began only in 2007, was an important Roman city-state of the first millennium B.C., and its excavation will provide pertinent information about the city-life of ancient Latin civilizations. The project is overseen by Dr. Nicola Terrenato of the University of Michigan and includes on its team Dr. Hilary Becker, visiting assistant professor of classics at Washington and Lee University.

Gaby Bucheli of Quito, Ecuador, will be interning in Manaus, Brazil, working on a project that examines the economic valuation of the environmental impact of oil extraction procedures. A member of the W&L class of 2011, Bucheli will be working with a multinational and multidisciplinary group of professionals from the fields of economics and geology, including Professor Jim Kahn, professor of economics at Washington and Lee.