June 09, 2014

Two graduate students earn Fulbright awards

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate students will enhance their education this fall as recipients of J. William Fulbright Scholarship awards. 

Andrew Barrette, a doctoral student in philosophy, will conduct research at the Katholieke Universitiet Lueuven in Belgium, where he will be developing his dissertation.  Kristine Dizon, who earned her master’s degree in clarinet performance in May, will further her studies in clarinet and conducting at the Escola Superior de Musica Artes e Espectáculo under the direction of renowned clarinetist António Saiote. 

“Selection as a Fulbright award recipient is a prestigious honor that brings credit to our students, their faculty and SIU. We are extremely proud,” Chancellor Rita Cheng said.  “I am confident our recipients will use this opportunity to greatly enrich their academic and professional careers though their scholarly and creative endeavors.” 

Barrette and Dizon will also be involved with research while in their respective countries.  The university Barrette will attend houses both the Edmund Husserl Archives and the Jesuitica Collection.  Husserl, a 20th century German philosopher and founder of the phenomenological tradition, is the main thinker considered in Barrette’s dissertation, “The Origin of the Question: the Notion of Inquiry in Edmund Husserl.” Barrette said he is also studying the formation and formulation of transcendental Thomism at the Jesuitica Collection “in order to show and further discover how the two traditions complement each other in addressing problems in philosophy.” 

In addition to participating in a variety of musical activities while in Portugal, Dizon said her research will involve expanding on Wesley Ferreira’s dissertation “A Compact Disc Recording of Three Commissioned Works featuring the Clarinet by Portuguese Composers.” Her research involves Portuguese folksongs at Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa, Biblioteca da Ajuda and Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo.  Through this research she hopes to expand works written for the Portuguese clarinet. Dizon said she also will expand on Ferreira’s work “by connecting how newly commissioned Portuguese clarinet works, composers and nationalism fosters our understanding of identity through music.” 

Barrette and Dizon believe the Fulbright program experience will strengthen their educational and professional experiences. 

“I have the opportunity to enter directly into a community of ongoing research where I can develop as a student, scholar and teacher,” Barrette said.  “And having a better understanding of questioning -- how wonder comes and moves onto explicit formulation -- prepares a ground that will support me in all three of these roles as well.” 

Dizon, who recently placed as a semifinalist for the International Clarinet Association Research Competition, said she hopes to make an impact sharing her musical knowledge in Portuguese schools and that the intense musical study and training will help her grow as a clarinetist and as a teacher.  She hopes that after earning her master’s degree and spending an academic year in Portugal, she can continue her research and study in a doctoral program to one day teach at the collegiate level. 

Andrew BarretteBarrette is the son of Nancy and Gary Barrette of Wauzeka, Wis.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2007 and his master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in 2010. 

Dizon, the daughter of Flordeliza Dizon of Woodbury, Minn., earned her bachelor’s degree in music and European history from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Prior to that, she attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md. Kristine Dizon

The Fulbright program, now in its 68th year, provides grants for college and university students, faculty and administrators on the basis of academic or professional achievement to lecture and conduct research in countries around the world.  The program, which operates in more than 155 countries, was the creation of then freshman U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas as a way to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world,” according to the organization. 

For more information on the Fulbright opportunities for SIU students, contact Thomas Savillle, associate director, Center for International Education at SIU at 618/453-7670 or by email at tsaville@siu.edu.