Kathleen Bush ’06 was recently named a Fulbright student grantee to Denmark for the 2006-07 academic year. The grant, one of only seven full Denmark Fulbrights awarded annually, will allow Bush to study at Roskilde University in Copenhagen, where she has been invited as a special student. In addition, she will join an international research team at Copenhagen’s Department of Marine Ecology’s National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) to study biological and chemical toxins in the Roskilde Fjord.
Bush spent the past two summers working with John Halfman, HWS professor of geoscience, on research not unlike the research she will undertake in Copenhagen. The two have been working in the field and lab, setting water quality parameters for several of the Finger Lakes and their watersheds and trying to correlate that data with water quality regulations and legislation in the area. She continued her work with Halfman during her senior year, and was awarded Honors for her study of water quality and water quality protection.
“Katie stands out among her peers because she is strong in science but she’s also looking at the implications: how the science affects politics,” said Halfman. “Our environmental studies program takes a very interdisciplinary approach, and Katie’s research reflects that.”
A biology and environmental studies double major, Bush has won numerous awards and recognitions. She has been a consistent dean’s list student and member of the Laurel Society, and she has presented her findings on bacteria in Seneca Lake at meetings of the Geological Society of America in 2005 and 2006.
During her junior year, Bush studied abroad in Copenhagen, where she took classes at several Danish institutions, creating a program that fit her interests in environmental ethics and policy. While taking a course in eco-toxicology at Roskilde University, Bush studied under Professor Ingela Dalhöf. With her help, Bush made the connections she needed to secure the Fulbright.
“She sustained all of those relationships she built while in Denmark, and Katie really turned it into a great opportunity for herself,” said Amy Teel, program manager for the HWS Office of Global Education.
Bush will leave for Copenhagen in August, but before her return to Denmark, she will travel to Siberia with several HWS professors to study the culture and environment of Russia. The Siberia trip was made possible by a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Award.
NERI is an independent research institute under the Danish Ministry of the Environment. The organization is committed to bridging the gap between policy and science in Demark.
The Fulbright student program supports foreign graduate students and American graduating seniors with full or partial support from the Fulbright Program for one full year. It allows students like Bush to design their own programs combining coursework, research and classes.