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Fulbright program honors three students of Russian from Lewis & Clark College

April 16, 2012

  • Opening New Horizons  The Fulbright Program in Russia
    Opening New Horizons The Fulbright Program in Russia


Two Lewis & Clark Russian program seniors will spend the next year teaching in Russia and one Russian program senior in Armenia after receiving prestigious awards from the Fulbright Program. 

Ella Antell, ‘12

Hometown: La Grande, Oregon
Major: History, minor Russian
Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Russia

I will spending next year teaching English in Russia, working on my Russian, and helping to promote a better cultural understanding on both sides of the ocean. I started studying Russian because I liked the idea of learning to read again in a new alphabet, but I’ve stayed with the language because I’ve become fascinated with Russian history and literature. I’m excited to be in the teacher’s seat now, and to help that process go the other direction. 

I also studied abroad in St Petersburg, Russia, when I was a sophomore, and that was when I realized that Russia has a lot more to it than snow and vodka. 

Ella’s blog about her experience in Russia is here:


imageHilary Cline ’12

Hometown: Sonoma, California
Majors: Psychology, minor Russian
Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Russia

I will be traveling to Russia to teach English for a year, where I will hopefully spend as much time eating pelmeni and reading Gogol as I do teaching. I was drawn to studying Russian as a foreign language because it allowed me to start class at 11 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., the time that Spanish was offered. This was an impulse decision that didn’t exactly work out as I had hoped, because as any student of Russian would tell you, it would be much easier to wake up a few hours earlier for a semester than to memorize all of the Russian verbs of motion and their prefixes. I kept studying Russian because of the Russian department at Lewis & Clark, and in particular Professor Tatiana Osipovich, who is endlessly dedicated to her students and their successes.

The thing that excites me most about teaching in Russia, is that I will be able to devote a similar commitment to students and give back a bit of what I was given at Lewis & Clark. I also hope to introduce my students to the joys of a true American hamburger.  

Laura Santos-Bishop ‘12

Hometown:  New York, New York
Majors:  English and Foreign Languages (Russian and Spanish)
Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Armenia

Throughout my career at Lewis & Clark I have been supported by many professors and individuals in the various language departments, as well as having had an excellent abroad experience in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Armenia is completely foreign to me, and I’m excited to once again learn a new language and experience a new culture. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I hope to provide the same commitment and encouragement to my future students that I’ve always received.

Laura’s blog about her Fulbright experience in Armenia is here:



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