Center for International Education
Spring 2007

Fulbright, DAAD: Four from UNH win international grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has named a UNH undergraduate student, a graduate student and a recent alumnus recipients of its prestigious national scholarships for study or research abroad in the coming year.

Whitney Blanchard will spend the 2007-2008 academic year in Trondheim, Norway, working with scientists from the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (SINTEF) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With the aid of computer modeling, the team will study and quantify the physical, chemical and biological effects of oil spills in arctic regions. Her proposal has also attracted a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Ms. Blanchard is from Newtown, CT and will graduate from UNH in May 2008 with an M.S. in Civil Engineering.

A 2005 MFA graduate and UNH instructor of painting and drawing, Brett Gamache will travel to Italy this fall. Inspired by the work of early Renaissance painters Andrea Mantegna and Piero della Francesca, Gamache will spend the year studying the works of these painters, while also producing plein-air landscapes and compositions from imagination. He will establish his studio in the town of Ascoli Piceno and conduct independent study at the University of Ascoli Piceno under faculty member, Salvatore Santuccio. Gamache is a resident of Londonderry, NH.

A member of the University Honors Program and resident of Kensington, NH, Hannah Varn will spend the coming year in Germany studying with Professor Anton Koch at the University of Tübingen. Under his guidance, Ms. Varn also proposes to conduct research which applies the concept of the philosophical ideal to the discussion of global warming, engaging with international scholars of philosophy as well as policymakers involved with climate change. She graduated in May 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and English and a minor in Spanish.

Mary Dellenbaugh, a 2006 graduate with a BSF in Forest Science, has been awarded a grant from the German academic exchange service, Deutscher Ak-ademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), to enroll in the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) at Anhalt University of Applied Science in Bernburg, Germany. The MLA is a small, unique program with a focus on rehabilitating post-industrial areas in Europe. The Madison, NJ, resident says, "My professional goal is to renovate landscapes damaged by pollution and irresponsible development, a career that may help to offset the effects of deforestation and forest death that I have learned about in my undergraduate studies."

Whitney Blanchard Mary Dellenbaugh Brett Gamache Hannah Varn
Whitney Blanchard Mary Dellenbaugh Brett Gamache Hannah Varn