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Emily Yoder, an upcoming senior from Montoursville, Pa. majoring in German and anthropology at Lycoming College, earned the German Academic Exchange Service scholarship, often referred to by its German acronym of DAAD. The scholarship is given to students whose interest in contemporary German and European affairs supports their future studies, research or professional goals.
The scholarship will allow Yoder to study in Germany during the spring 2017 semester at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, Germany, one of Lycoming College’s affiliate institutions in Europe. The scholarship will cover most costs for tuition, room and board, health, accident and liability insurance, and includes a travel allowance.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to learn more about German culture and refine my German speaking and writing skills,” said Yoder. “Thanks to all my professors who supported me, specifically to my German professor Dr. Len Cagle who made me aware of the scholarship opportunity and greatly encouraged me during the application process. Thanks to Dr. Ryan Adams, my anthropology professor, who supported my application and helped me realize that I was capable of doing an honors project while abroad.”
Yoder will be completing an honors research project about understanding German identity, particularly in relation to immigrant communities in Germany. Her research will investigate racial difference, the compatibility between German culture and Islam, and how public debate about refugees shapes identity. The research paper will complement the research she has already completed on identity in Williamsport, Pa.
“The scholarship is very competitive and we’re thrilled the organization recognized the merits of her research project,” said Ryan Adams, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology who is Yoder’s advisor. “Her research is particularly relevant given the Syrian refugee crisis and will aid social scientists with finding ways to bridge cultural differences that hinder integration.”