Congratulations to Mark Kettler (’12) and Michael Fedynsky (’12), two graduating seniors this year who have been received Research and Study Grants from the Fulbright Scholarship Board. Both young men have been Nanovic Scholars recently, each receiving grants to study and conduct research in Europe.
Mark Kettler won the Institute’s Barrett Prize last year (’11) for the best undergraduate research proposal. His research in German archives provided the basis for his senior honors thesis this year on the development of German nationalism during the Second Reich. Kettler has declined the Fulbright offer in favor of pursuing graduate studies at the University of California–Berkeley, where he will be well supported.
Michael Fedynsky accepted the Fulbright grant and will be studying the political and social effects of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, a human rights monitoring organization that was active in Ukraine until 1981, when all its members were jailed by the Soviet regime. Michael studied Ukrainian intensively in 2009 with the help of the ND Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and the Nanovic Institute. This year, he also completed the Minor in European Studies, writing a capstone essay on national identity in the Alsace.
The Nanovic Institute is proud to have assisted these young men in their studies and wishes them all the best as they pursue their professional ambitions.