Fruman and Marian Jacobson "Bridges" Funded Projects
2019 Undergraduate Winners
Katharine Andrew: $3,050
Katharine is a graduating senior with a double major in Germanic Studies and Political Science and a minor in History. The Bridges Fund Award will allow Katharine to conduct genealogy research in German archives and libraries. This work will help her to become a Certified Genealogist (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. After graduation Katharine plans to pursue a Master’s of Library and Information Sciences with the goal of working at a library or research institution that concentrates on history, genealogical research, or archives.
Nicholas Beard: $2,800
Nicholas is a dual-degree student in Architecture and Germanic Studies. With the Bridges Fund Award, Nick will travel to Germany to complete an internship with the architect Manuel Schachtner that will help him experience Architecture practice in Germany and to earn the hours required for licensure. After graduating from UIC he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in architecture, possibly in Germany.
Kelsi Morefield: $3,000
Kelsi is a transfer student and Germanic Studies major. With the Bridges Fund Award, Kelsi will spend a month conducting independent research at libraries and archives with the aim of finding the “lost” works of the author Eduard von Keyserling. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Vienna in Communication Science and build a career in international journalism or communication technologies research.
2019 Graduate Winners
Karina Duncker-Hoffmann: $2,900
Karina is a first-year PhD student in Germanic Studies. With the Bridges Fund Award, she will participate in a 40-hour seminar on history and memory, organized by the Goethe Institut and the City of Berlin. While in Germany she will also conduct research on the German Realist novel as a potential dissertation topic.
Maryann Piel: $2,350
Maryann is a second-year Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies. The Bridges Fund will support Maryann’s travel to the 2019 Notre Dame Berlin Seminar, “Literaturbetrieb: Key Players in Germany’s Literary Institutions” and research in Germany on representations of celebrity in what she calls the “manipulated reality” of fiction and reality television.
Jennifer Sengun: $400
Jennifer is a first-year MA student in Germanic Studies. The Bridges Fund Award will enable her to conduct research at the Weimar Klassik-Stiftung on Weimar Classicism, which is the focal area of her Master’s exam.
Maria Speggiorin: $2,200
Maria is a first-year MA student in Germanic Studies. The Bridges Fund Award will support her participation in a Summer School and Reading Group in Berlin and Leipzig that focuses on literature and politics, an area that she plans to focus on in her future research and teaching.
Anne Wooten: $3,300
Anne is a first-semester MA student in Germanic Studies. The Bridges Fund award will allow Anne to complete an intensive C1 level German course at the Goethe Institut in Berlin that will prepare her for her exchange semester at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin next year.
2018 Undergraduate Winners
Andrew Tuider: $4500
Andrew is majoring in Germanic Studies and Political Science, with a minor in International Studies. His interest in German began his freshman year of high school, where he took it as an elective because his ancestors come from Burgenland, a state in eastern Austria. The Jacobson Bridges Funds will allow him to study in Vienna for a semester through the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program, after an internship with the US Department of State at the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.
Elizabeth Sokol: $2500
Elizabeth is a senior majoring in Germanic Studies with a minor in History. She is also a student scholar in the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar, working on original research on Immanuel Kant. She has been an active volunteer at the DANK-Haus German American Cultural Center, helping to run such events as Maifest, German cooking classes, and German film nights. Upon graduation in December 2018, she will be applying to masters programs, with a focus on Western Europe. She will use the Jacobson Bridges Funds to complete an intensive German language course at Humboldt University to prepare pass the language exam required to enroll in graduate studies at a German university.
Zuka’a Joudeh: $4500
Zuka’a is majoring in Political Science and Germanic Studies and minoring in Public Policy. She has made it a priority to volunteer and be involved on and off campus, serving as a director for the Undergraduate Student Government and as an ambassador for the Students for Advancement of Freedom, Equality and Human Rights. During the summer, thanks to the Jacobson Bridges Fund, she will pursue an internship and structured volunteer opportunities working with refuges in Berlin, while also taking an advanced language class. This opportunity will help her gain the necessary knowledge and experience she needs to apply for a master’s program in international public policy.
2018 Graduate Winners
Hajar Kermani: $1500
Hajar is a master’s degree student in the Germanic Studies Department. She is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher focused on encouraging students and fostering their excitement in learning. Having taken her first teaching methodology courses here at UIC, she has come to understand how specific methodologies improve the performance of students and she is eager to continue in this line of study. The Bridges Fund will help her afford to take an online course on second language acquisition through Northern State University in South Dakota, extending beyond the SLA courses offered here at UIC.
Lucas Riddle: $4500
Lucas is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Germanic Studies—and also a professional translator and a published creative writer in both English and German. He plans to write a dissertation on contemporary German literature, humor and post-colonialism. The Jacobson Bridges Fund will assist him in doing dissertation research at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and allow him to participate in the Notre Dame Berlin Seminar on Contemporary German Literary Institutions in Berlin this summer.
Erin Gizewski: $2500
Erin is a third-semester Master’s student in Germanic Studies. Interested in the connection between mind and body and the different ways in which aesthetic theory may influence the way people perceive this connection, Erin plans to eventually research this topic in German literature, art, and critical theory at the PhD level. The Jacobson Bridges Fund will allow Erin to take an intensive language course at Humboldt University to pass the C1 exam required to advance her studies to that next level.
2017 Undergraduate Winners
Hunter Sikorski: $3000
Hunter is a double major in German and Architecture, and he will attend a five-week intensive language course at the Goethe Institute in Berlin. This course will prepare Hunter to take the TestDaf Exam, which allows him to study at the University of Wuppertal to pursue a master’s degree.
Zoie Meyers: $3000
Zoie will begin an internship at the Sozialpädagogisches Institut Berlin in the Treffpunkt “Strohhalm” Projekt. Zoie will work in social work and mental health counseling with German citizens and immigrants. Participating in this project will provide invaluable experiences and help Zoie decide whether she wants to live permanently in Germany. Zoie is earning a double major in German and clinical psychology.
Matthew von Moss: $2500
Matthew will attend an intensive language course and earn a DSH certificate, which will help him apply to the Universität Duisburg-Essen’s engineering program. Matthew believes that advances in the humanities and technology together can successfully address environmental crises. Matthew is a double major in German and engineering.
2017 Graduate Winners
Adrian Chubb: $2600
Adrian is a Ph.D. student and will conduct research for six weeks at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. His dissertation is on the representation of political violence and its legacies in the films of Margarethe von Trotta. Adrian will gain valuable archival research experience, a crucial skill for completing a dissertation. Adrian is transitioning back to the field of Germanic Studies after 30 years in business.
Zachary Fitzpatrick: $3400
Zach is a Ph.D. student and will conduct preliminary research for his dissertation, “Asians Through the German Lens: A Survey of Asian German Film and Television.” As a Filipino-American, Zach aims to learn more about Asian diaspora in other countries. Zach will spend four weeks in Berlin to work in the film archive and meet with representatives of pan-Asian political and cultural organizations. He will also travel to Bremen and Dȕsseldorf to attend the German-Asian network Korientation’s monthly meetings
Tahaylia Higgins: $3000
Tahaylia is an MA student and will take an 8-week language and culture course at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg. During a previous study abroad experience, Tahaylia visited several refugee asylums in Berlin and was inspired to help those in need. Having emigrated from Jamaica, Tahaylia aspires to become a community interpreter by earning a Community Interpreting Certificate. This will allow her to work with asylum seekers in Germany.
Julia Koxholt: $1000
Julia is a Ph.D. student and has been invited to attend the highly selective Notre Dame Berlin Seminar “German Literary Institutions: Der Literaturbetrieb: An Introduction to Key Players.” Julia will learn more about the contemporary literary scene in Germany. The seminar will help her decide whether to pursue an academic or non-profit career path.
Sarah Miller: $1500
Sarah is an MA student who will participate in the Europa Universität Viadrina Summer School for Interdisciplinary Polish and German Students in Franfurt an der Oder (Germany) and Slubice (Poland). The theme of the summer school is “Remembering Communism” and will help Sarah refine her ideas for her thesis. Sarah is interested in combining Gemanic Studies and Political Science in her future career.
2016 Undergraduate Winners
Christopher Paxton: $3300
Christopher will participate in a 4-week intensive language, art and culture program through the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In addition, Christopher will work on an independent research project on queer 20th-century German art from the Weimar Republic in the archives of the Schwules Museum and at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.
Minnie Pham: $3300
Minnie will take a 4-week intensive language and culture course at the Goethe Institute, Berlin in June, 2017. She is a Biology and Germanic Studies major, and she plans to attend Pharmacy School. Her goal is to improve her already very substantial language skills, gain cultural literacy, and look for an internship at a German “Apotheke.”
Shemuelle Dado: $3300
Shem will take a 4-week intensive language and culture course at the Goethe Institute, Berlin in July, 2016. Shem is a Germanic Studies major who is graduating in Spring 2016. Her passion for the study of German language and culture has convinced her to apply to the M.A. program in Germanic Studies at UIC for Fall 2016.
2016 Graduate Winners
Maryann Piel: $3100
Maryann is a graduating MA student who plans to attend a special Goethe Institute workshop for teachers (“Deutsch für Lehrkräfte”) in Berlin in summer 2016 in order to hone her language skills and learn about cutting-edge pedagogical models for second language teaching. Maryann is currently applying for a visiting position as language instructor at Carthage College.
Christina Schultz: $3500
Christina Schultz is a Ph.D. student in the Germanic Studies program at UIC. She is currently researching and writing her dissertation, entitled, “The Politics of Ethnic Comedy in German Turkish Culture.” She will conduct research at the Deutsche Kinemathek and at the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. Both institutions house numerous videos and films that are inaccessible in the U.S. In addition, Christina plans to join the research group “Affective Societies – Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds” that will meet at the Free University in Berlin this summer. This research group offers a section called “Migrantenmelodramen und Einwanderungskomödien: Medienformate deutsch-türkischer Gemeinschaftsgefühle / Migrant Melodramas and Immigration Comedies: Media Formats of German-Turkish Societal Emotions” that coincides very well with Christina’s research interests.
Christina Mekonen $ 3500
Christina is a Ph.D. student in the Germanic Studies department. She is researching and writing her dissertation, “Poetic Encounters: The Black-Jewish Lyrical Dialogue vis-à-vis the Holocaust.” Her dissertation is highly interdisciplinary, as she is working with German, Francophone, and American poetry. She plans to travel to Washington DC and New York this summer to conduct research at the Holocaust Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Leo Baeck Institute.