Award Recipients


Stanislas Phanord, SSH’14, political science major
As one of only six U.S. students to earn a Fulbright/French Government English Teaching Assistantship, Stanislas is one step closer to his goal of becoming an advocate for underprivileged and traumatized youth. Stan, a first-generation college student, has navigated his academic, co-op, and Dialogue of Civilizations experiences with exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity. His international experience includes a six-month co-op at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and stints studying French in France and Morocco, which prepared him for his most recent work in Senegal as a human rights advocate for destitute young boys.


Lauren Byrnes, S’13, biology major, chemistry minor
Lauren earned a Fulbright to study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany starting in September, and she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in molecular biosciences at that university. Lauren boasts a nearly perfect academic record and is an enormously gifted researcher. She has worked in professor Erin Cram’s biology lab, in the labs of biotechnology company Adnexus Therapeutics, and in a neurobiology lab at Harvard Medical School.

Lucas Schoeppner, AMD’12, journalism major, history and international affairs minors
Lucas is one of just five students selected to participate in the Fulbright Young Journalist Program in Germany, where he plans to investigate the economic and environmental consequences of fracking. Lucas’s project was born from having witnessed the transformation of his home state of Pennsylvania through the natural gas boom, combined with his experiences on co-op with Ceres, a network of environmentally conscious investors, and previous study in Germany. He has also worked as an editorial cartoonist at The Huntington News and as a radio news production assistant for National Public Radio’s program On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Hollis Thomann, S’13, linguistics major, psychology and international affairs minors
Hollis’s excellence in the study of languages, people, and cultures has earned her a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to support teachers of English in Germany. At Northeastern, she honed her understanding of how language works and the importance of bilingualism, as a research assistant at Harvard University, and then as a research co-op studying language acquisition in Germany. She also taught English as a second language at Boston’s Educational Development Group, and was an advocacy and public-policy intern at the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education. She plans to continue her bilingual education advocacy work upon return from her Fulbright.