May 7, 2012
Two CSU students have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship and a third has been identified as an alternate. Lisa Dompier, a graduating senior in English, has been awarded an English teaching Fellowship in Mongolia. Justin Lee, a graduate student in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, has been granted an award to develop a genetic management plan for the endangered Guayaquil Buffon Macaw in Ecuador. Connor Jandreau, a senior in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, is an alternate for a proposed project on ecological and livelihoods response to community-based conservation in Maasailand, Kenya.
Dompier, Lee and Jandreau are one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
Lisa Dompier is a member of the graduating class of 2012 at CSU and will graduate with distinction, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English with an education concentration and a Spanish minor. She volunteered to teach an English conversation class in Mongolia in July 2011 and wrote her honors thesis about teaching English abroad.
Dompier is excited to have the opportunity to work in Mongolia as an English teaching assistant and is looking forward to learning as much of Mongolian language and culture as possible. Dompier is from Loveland, Colo. and is a high school graduate of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins.
Currently a student in the DVM/Ph.D. program at CSU, Justin Lee's research focuses on the ecology and evolution of feline immunodeficiency virus in bobcats and mountain lions. Lee is passionate about learning how to generate and utilize genetic data to answer ecological questions, specifically those focusing on the health, disease, and conservation of wildlife.
Lee's proposed Fulbright project is to characterize the genetic diversity of the Guayaquil Buffon Macaw in Ecuador. This will aid scientists working in the breeding and reintroduction programs of this highly endangered bird. Currently, there are less than 100 of these birds left in the wild.
Connor Jandreau is a graduating senior at CSU finishing degrees in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Studio Art. He is attending University of Manitoba in the fall to begin a master's program in natural resource management, with main interests in community-based conservation and the integration of different knowledge systems into policy and management.
Pursuing solutions to some of the most challenging issues related to biodiversity and preservation of our natural world has become not only a career path, but a passion. Jandreau is also the founder of heARTafricafund, a nonprofit working towards sponsoring secondary education for orphaned Kenyan youth as a method for building capacity among infringed communities. His Fulbright project would be investigating the ecological and social influences of new conservation models in the Maasai Mara of Kenya, evaluating their effectiveness at improving rangelands, ecosystems and livelihoods.