Sarah Calderone, Class of ’13, Wins Prestigious Fulbright Grant
She will spend nine months in Russia studying the issues of migrants from Central Asian republics.
Madison, NJ – While in Vladimir, Russia on a language program, the summer after her junior year, Sarah Calderone ’13 noticed a group a migrants from Central Asia while riding a local trolley to class.
Her curiosity about them and how they were adjusting to their new lives led her to apply for a research grant to further study issues facing migrants in Russia.
This April she found out she’d been awarded a prestigious Fulbright student research grant to spend nine months in Ekaterinburg, Russia, researching these issues and working with organizations that assist migrants.
“I was shocked and honored when I received the email,” she said of the grant award. The Fulbright program is highly competitive and awards are based on a number of factors, including an applicant’s project proposal and language ability.
The fact that Calderone is Drew’s latest Fulbright scholar is something that did not surprise her former Russian language professor Carol Ueland, “She’s a fabulous student, a great language learner, who combined her interests in international relations and human rights with advanced language proficiency,” says Ueland.
Calderone said when she leaves this summer, she will be studying integration efforts for migrant populations from Central Asian republics to see how Russia integrates them into society and whether those measures are effective
While at Drew, Calderone was president of the Russian Club and took part in the UN Semester, during which interned with Human Rights Watch. A double major in political science and Russian studies, she wrote her honors thesis on Russian foreign policy, for which she reached out to staff at the Institute of Modern Russia in New York City. That led to a post-graduate internship and full-time job.
The Sparta, N.J., native said she hopes the grant will help move her toward her future career goal. “I would like to research these and other regional issues for a non-governmental organization,” says Calderone, 23. She said her experiences at Drew were key in leading her to where she is today, “It’s been a great trajectory.”
Professor Louis Hamilton, the Fulbright program advisor for Drew, said of the award, “The Fulbright is one of the most prestigious national prizes an undergraduate can win. This award is a testament not only to Sarah’s great abilities but of the commitment of her faculty advisors over the years.”
About Drew University
Drew University is a private, liberal arts university located in Madison, N.J., just 29 miles west of New York City. Ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly, Drew is also listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. The Drew promise—We Deliver Full-Impact Learning to the World—emphasizes the university’s commitment to borderless education that enables a student’s greatest success in a globally connected world. Drew has a total student enrollment of more than 2,000 in three schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School. The undergraduate program offers degrees in 30 different disciplines, while Caspersen and the Theological School offer degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.