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Greisy Genao '18 Will Use Fulbright Award to Conduct Research on Cinema in the Dominican Republic

Greisy Genao '18 Will Use Fulbright Award to Conduct Research on Cinema in the Dominican Republic

May 4, 2018

DePauw University senior Greisy Genao is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will spend the 2018-19 academic year conducting research in the Dominican Republic. The award will support the project, "The Effects of Dominican Folklore and Tradition on Diasporic Dominican Cinema."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It awards approximately 8,000 grants annually in more than 160 countries worldwide. More than 380,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception.

Genao becomes the fourth member of the DePauw community to be announced as recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2018-19 academic year. Two fellow seniors have also been honored: Erin Nicole Lupardus '18, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will spend the next academic year in Austria, where she will teach English at a secondary school and conduct research. Rachel Higson '18 will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Taiwan, and Kirstyn Walker, a 2016 graduate of DePauw, will teach English in Greece, both through English Teaching Assistantships.

An English (writing) major and film studies minor, Genao plans "to study how Dominican folklore and tradition informs Diasporic Dominican Cinema. My research will take place in universities and community theatre houses between La Romana, Santiago de Los Caballeros, and Santo Domingo. As the Dominican Republic aims to make itself the 'Caribbean Hollywood,' I believe it is important to note how folklore and tradition contribute to the form and composition of Dominican films."

In her Fulbright application, Genao added, "I will engage with the host country community by hosting biweekly workshops in Santo Domingo about American film and culture." Additionally, Greisy will be attending Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the fall to study folklore in an academic setting. She noted, "The cross-cultural dialogue that occurs in academia will aid me in better understanding the choices of theme and structure in Dominican Cinema."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

DePauw University has been listed for seven consecutive years as one of the nation's leading colleges in producing winners of Fulbright scholarships by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Based on data for 2017-18, nine DePauw students won Fulbrights and 26 students at the University applied for the prestigious awards.  DePauw is the only Indiana college on the liberal arts college list. It's the eleventh time in the last 12 years that DePauw has been listed among the American colleges and universities that produce the most Fulbright Scholars.

DePauw students and alumni who are interested in applying for Fulbright Awards may contact Kate Knaul, associate dean of undergraduate research & fellowships.

DePauw University ranks #8 among the nation's baccalaureate institutions in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. You'll find details in this summary.

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