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Fulbrights in Germany

Doane graduates proficient in other languages are highly sought after in industry, commerce, education, and not-for-profit organizations.  Many have continued their education in graduate schools after a successful Fulbright year abroad, or have entered the working world.  Fulbright scholarships support a full academic year abroad, either doing research in various disciplines such as chemistry, biology, and the social sciences, linguistics and literature, or working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school such as a Gymnasium.


Heather Thompson 1996

Heather Thompson worked at the Max-Planck Institut in Marburg, Germany, through the Fulbright program, then returned to the USA to continue for her Ph.D. at the Mayo Graduate School.  After receiving her degree, she returned to the Max-Planck organization, this time in Dresden, Germany, for a two-year post-doctoral research stint.  She is now on staff with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA.


Travis Gartner 2001

Travis Gartner continued his education at Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in NGO management, which included a two-year posting to Kazakhstan through the Peace Corps.  Upon completion he returned briefly to the USA with his wife Valya, then left for Tel Afar, Iraq, as project coordinator for a team of doctors working with an international medical corps in 2005.  He is now in Islamabad, Pakistan, doing further work with an NGO organization.


Adrienne Bambach 2001

After her Fulbright year at the Max-Planck Institut at the Charité in Berlin, Germany, Adrienne Bambach returned to the USA to finish her studies in biology leading to a Ph.D. at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  She is defending her dissertation in April 2009.


Aaron Hall 2004

Lieutenant Hall, now Captain Hall, United States Army Military Intelligence, worked after graduation from the ROTC program at Doane with the Military History Archives in Potsdam, Germany and as an Intern in the German Defense Ministry in Berlin, Germany, during his Fulbright year.  He then spent 15 months in Southern Baghdad, where he extensively used his German language knowledge, and is now continuing his service at Ft. Drummond, NY.


Emily Jordening 2007

After undergraduate semesters in both Germany and Spain, Emily Jordening spent her Fulbright year at the University of Hannover developing material for use by German teachers of English in integrating methods from American speech and debate programs into their curriculum.  She has decided to continue her education with a Masters Degree in European Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, Germany.


Melissa Roth (Hegeholz) 2007

Melissa Roth is the German teacher at Valley High School in West Des Moines, a position she was able to get on the strength of her high competency in German as verified by passing the internationally recognized Goethe-Institut Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung during her study abroad semester in Germany.


Maryle Reimers 2008

Maryle Reimers is spending her Fulbright year at the Gymnasium in Murrhardt, Germany, mainly teaching English, but also assisting in several music classes since her main teaching degree work was done in music education.


Nick Kouma 2008

Nick Kouma is working for Kenexa, a Human Resources Consulting and Software firm out of their Munich office after completing his degrees in Business Administration and German.