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Five students receive Fulbright Scholarships

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] About admincenter_img FIVE STUDENTSRECEIVE FULBRIGHT SCHOLARHIPSFive Rice Universitystudents received Fulbright scholarships this year, including two students whoare roommates at Hanszen College.While the odds may havebeen slim, it was not entirely surprising that Joseph Blocher and Michael SewHoy, close friends since their first day at Rice, would both be chosen asFulbright scholars. “I’m pretty excited forboth of us,” said Sew Hoy, who graduated with degrees in political science andbiology. “I think it’s kind of funny that both of us received it.”Three other studentsfrom Rice also were chosen, including Gwen Hoben, Steven Benham and Jae Chung.Hoben, who also lived at Hanszen, will be studying tissue engineering at theUniversity of Freiburg in Germany. Benham, who received degrees in German andpolitical science, will be a teaching assistant at the Gymnasium GeorgiusAgricola in Chemnitz, Germany, and graduated with degrees in German andpolitical science. Chung, a graduate student in anthropology, will be a visitingfellow studying cultural anthropology at Seoul National University in SouthKorea. The Fulbrightscholarship pays for a year of study abroad for outstanding students who cancross national and cultural boundaries to improve internationalrelations.Both Blocher and Sew Hoyare taking the next year off to conduct their studies. Blocher, who graduatedwith a degree in history, is headed off to the University of Ghana in Africa tostudy customary and English law. Sew Hoy is spending the next year at theNational University of Singapore studying biotech policy.The two friends both areinterested in tackling new topics and learning in different continents beforeheading off for three years of law school. Blocher will be studying at YaleUniversity and Sew Hoy at the University of Virginia.“I’m really looking atit as an adventure,” Blocher said. “It’s a chance to go to a brand new continentand to get off the undergraduate track to law school for a year.”Sew Hoy, who was raisedin Santa Monica, Calif., said he is looking forward to studying abroad, anopportunity he missed because of his double majors.“I’ve always wanted toexperience that in a non-tourist environment,” he said. “I’m really excitedabout the opportunity. I owed it to myself to do it.”last_img

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