A 2001 Brainerd High School graduate has been named a 2005 Fulbright Scholar.
Graham Lampa, 21, the son of Frieda Lampa of Brainerd, is a senior at Hamline University in St. Paul and recently learned he was accepted as a Fulbright Scholar for study in Germany next year.
"I'm happy," said Lampa. "My mom's very proud. It's great to be able to put on your resume that you're a Fulbright Scholar."
Hamline has had 20 Fulbright Scholars since 1995, said Lampa. He is the only Hamline student who received the honor this year.
The Fulbright program is named after the late former Sen. J. William Fulbright who, at the end of World War II, envisioned a program that would promote "mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world," according to the program's Web site. The prestigious program awards study grants to American scholars and professionals and provides them the opportunity to conduct research and lecture abroad. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State oversees the program.
Lampa applied for the Fulbright in October and found out in February he had been recommended by the American Fulbright committee. Two weeks ago he learned he had been approved by the German Fulbright committee.
Lampa is majoring in global studies and German with minors in political science and philosophy at Hamline. He also received an international journalism certificate. His Fulbright research proposal will seek to examine the restructuring of higher education in Germany. Lampa will study the academic reform process following the 1999 Bologna declaration that called for all European nations to standardize their degree systems to the Anglo-American standard of bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs as a way to foster greater international scholarship and to forge a common European identity.
Lampa said he will be studying this reform process at three German universities to find out how university administrators have worked to reform their programs since 1999 and to find out what opposition or obstacles have been encountered during this reform. Lampa will be based out of the University of Trier, Hamline's sister school, and will study there as well as at the old German university of Tbingen and the technical school in Leipzig in the former East Germany.
Lampa will travel to Germany for his year abroad in September. He spent three months in Germany participating in a high school exchange program. Lampa also participated in a six-month exchange program at the University of Trier last year. He credits BHS German instructor Dave Pritschet for teaching him German and pushing him into studying in Germany during high school.
"He made me want to be a German major and to study abroad again," Lampa said of Pritschet. "If it wasn't for him pushing me to go study abroad in high school I wouldn't have the language skills. He was kind of an inspiration for me to just pursue all sorts of issues in German. It gave me the tools to be able to talk to people and understand them."
Lampa had been taking steps to apply to the Fulbright Scholar program throughout his college career by participating in various independent research projects. Last year he produced a research paper for the University of Minnesota for a peer-reviewed collection on Web logging.
During his time in Trier, he conducted a research project funded by Hamline's collaborative summer research grant program in which he surveyed young Germans on their opinion of Turkey as a potential future member of the European Union. His senior honors project is an extension of this initial research project.
Lampa plans to go to China for a three-week class in May, a class he's taking after he graduates from Hamline. Lampa has interned at a German newspaper, for The Onion newspaper in Minneapolis, and has worked during high school and summer breaks during college at the Dispatch.
Lampa said he hopes his Fulbright grant will become a stepping stone for obtaining an advanced degree in global and international studies. He'll receive about $715 Euros a month, or about $950 a month next year to study in Germany as part of his Fulbright grant. He later hopes either to enter public service, journalism or possibly work toward becoming a university professor.
Lampa attends Hamline on a presidential scholarship, which has fully paid for his tuition.
JODIE TWEED can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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