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Amy Doughten is a finalist in the prestigious Fulbright Program

03/08/12 -  

Senior Amy Doughten of Davidson has been named a finalist in the prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright Program.

Doughten will be notified in April about whether her proposal to study the historical role of women leadership within the Basque region of Spain, and whether that history has supported the evolution of female leadership there has been accepted.

Doughten presented her research on the possible connections between religious commitment and moral disengagement at the University of Barcelona last year at the International Cultic Studies Association annual conference. While there, she visited with faculty at the universities of Madrid and Barcelona who agreed to be her sponsors should she win a Fulbright award.

"I have to thank the Queens faculty who supported and shepherded my nomination for the Fulbright award," Doughten said. "It is wonderful to be at a school where the faculty take such a personal interest in all students' success no matter what their age."

Doughten, an adult undergraduate student, credits Drs. Alexa Royden, Michele Shaul, Cherie Clark and Nancy Johnson with being "incredible mentors" who have inspired her to dedicate herself to rigorous academic study.

"My ultimate career goal is to teach at a small liberal arts college like Queens," she said. "I have learned so much about the importance of positive student/faculty interaction from my relationships with my professors here."

Doughten is majoring in political science and psychology, and will graduate in May.  She is a Wings Scholar and a Pat and B.D. Rodgers Fellow. She has applied to graduate programs in political psychology, international relations and political science.

Dr. Leanne Pupchek, associate professor in the Knight School of Communication, is currently studying and teaching in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar. She is teaching at the Ukrainian Catholic University and performing research on the visual vocabulary of persuasive messages designed for and about the Euro 2012 soccer championship tournament.  She is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals who are traveling and living abroad through this year's Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.


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