Two Oles win Fulbright scholarships – St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College graduates Josie Goellner ’22 and Freyja Brandel-Tanis ’18 have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for 2022-2023.

the American Fulbright Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,500 scholarships to American students each year. The program operates in more than 140 countries, seeking to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other countries” and “to help find solutions to shared international concerns.” Program participants are chosen based on many factors, including leadership potential and academic merit.

In addition to the two St. Olaf Fulbright recipients, two additional seniors – Emily Johnson ’22 and Emily Ziegler ’22 – were selected as alternate Fulbrights.

St. Olaf Fulbright recipients and their projects:

Josie Goellner ’22

Josie Goellner ’22 received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to work at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen, Germany. She will examine alternative food systems in Germany and the effects of productive greening – the use of community gardens to increase green space – in German municipalities as a way to improve urban landscapes. Goellner graduated from St. Olaf in January after majoring in environmental studies and sociology/anthropology. She participated in the First Steps to Fellowships program at St. Olaf and credits both this experience and the interdisciplinary nature of her courses for the best preparation for this research. After his stay in Germany, Goellner will return to the United States to pursue graduate studies in law or environmental studies.

Freyja Brandel-Tanis '18
Freyja Brandel-Tanis ’18

Freyja Brandel-Tanis ’18 received a Fulbright to conduct research in Trondheim, Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Brandel-Tanis will lead stakeholder panels on modeling sustainable transportation through the use of digital twins, a type of technology used in manufacturing and rocketry to virtually replicate physical environments. Brandel-Tanis majored in math while focusing on northern studies while at St. Olaf. She cites her St. Olaf Norwegian lessons, which covered transportation in Norway, as critical to her success in this research project, in addition to a liberal arts education’s emphasis on writing skills. Brandel-Tanis will graduate from Georgia Tech this year with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and civil engineering. While in Norway, Brandel-Tanis looks forward to engaging with local queer organizations and using her bike and local public transport to explore the city. Upon returning to the United States, Brandel-Tanis would like to work as an urban planner or civil engineer before pursuing his doctorate.

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