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U.S. Scholars

Host institution: Bialystok University of Technology, Faculty of Computer Science

Project: English-language Specialty in Data Science at the Bialystok University of Technology and Essential Skills in Science

Marek Druzdzel is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences and in the Intelligent Systems Program and the director of the Decision Systems Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.

He received his M.S. degrees in Computer Science (1985) and Electrical Engineering (1987) from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands (both with distinction) and his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (1992) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Prof. Druzdzel is a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Grant (known as CAREER grant) from the National Science Foundation (1996-2000), Outstanding Mentor Award (1997), and University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2007). He is also a fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists, Kosciuszko Foundation.

His research interests concentrate on probabilistic and decision theoretic methods in decision support systems and human aspect of decision support. More details about Prof. Druzdzel’s research interests and publications are available on line at

Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Department of Art History

Project: Wooden Vernacular Architecture of Southern Poland-Galicia: Form, Function and Cultural Legacy, c.1600-1960

Carolyn Guile teaches early modern European art and architecture in the department of Art and Art History, the program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Colgate University.

Her research interests include Central and East-Central European art and architecture, the relationship of Italianate architectural traditions to East-Central European theory and practice, wooden vernacular architectures in the sub-Carpathian lands, and art and the natural world in the 17th and 18th centuries. She is also interested in the use of Geographic Information Systems technology in art and architectural history pedagogy and research.

Her book, ‘Remarks on Architecture.’ The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland analyzes, translates, and publishes for the first time a late eighteenth-century Polish treatise on architecture by the statesman and co-author of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution, Ignacy Potocki. It discusses Potocki’s views on architecture’s potential to improve the nation while also serving as a platform for the critique of national and cultural traditions. Her current book project further aims to broaden our understanding of European architectural history through the study of theory and practice along the sub-Carpathian European borderlands.

An affiliate of the Center of Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, she is interested in the impact of conflict on cultural property.

Her collaborative projects with contemporary artists and Colgate’s Picker Gallery include the exhibition, Reading Space: The Art of Xu Bing (Colgate University, 2008) and her essay, “Eye of the World” for Mark Dion (The Phantom Museum—Wonder Workshop. Clifford Gallery, Picker Art Gallery, 2015).

Host institution: Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Institute of Psychology

Project Title: Childhood Psychopathology: ADHD and Other Mental Health Concerns

Elizabeth Lefler, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, and a licensed and nationally registered clinical psychologist. Dr. Lefler has a BA in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MS in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lefler earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2009 after completing a predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in The Center for Management of ADHD at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

At UNI, Dr. Lefler directs the Psychological Assessment Clinic and serves on the Board for the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Dr. Lefler’s research involves the identification and assessment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in understudied populations, including adults, ethnic minority youth, and girls/women. Recent publications explore ADHD in American Indian children, ADHD prescription medication misuse in college students, and gender differences in functional impairment as related to ADHD symptomatology.

While in Poland, Dr. Lefler will teach courses on ADHD specifically, and childhood psychopathology more generally.

Host institution: Faculty of Geosciences, University of Szczecin

Project title: Study of Paleocene and Eocene Silicoflagellates at University of Szczecin, Poland

Kevin McCartney is Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, a small four-year school (~1000 students) located in northern Maine, where has taught for 28 years. Besides his various teaching responsibilities, Kevin has been active with informal education in the community of Northern Maine. He established the Northern Maine Museum of Science in 1996 and in 2003 finished the four-year construction of the Maine Solar System Model, the largest such model in the western hemisphere (there is a larger one in Sweden). He is also active in NASA educational events, including an annual Planet Head Day (check videos on that promotes space science education and raises money for a local cancer charity. He is active in Rotary International, and will attend Rotary meetings while in Szczecin, Poland.

Kevin’s research interests are in paleontology, more specifically a group of marine single-celled algae known as silicoflagellates. These microorganisms have siliceous (quartz) skeletons with a fossil record that goes back more than 100 million years. Kevin’s research extends from the earliest to modern members of this group and includes projects in all oceans around the world. In 2009, he began work with a then-graduate student from Poland, Jakub Witkowski, and together they have published more than 15 papers and described five genera and 20+ silicoflagellate species. Kevin will spend 8 months with Witkowski at the University of Szczecin to study diatoms and silicoflagellates from the north Atlantic Ocean and better understand silicoflagellate evolution through the entire length of their geologic history.

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Host institution: Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Economic Analysis

Project: Polish Postal Operations and the Emerging Supply Chain

Maciek Nowak, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Nowak received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and his M.S.E. and B.S.E. degrees from the University of Michigan. Maciek joined Loyola from Georgia Southern University where he was an Assistant Professor of Logistics. He was also a visiting scholar at Northwestern University and the University of Tunis-El Manar. Through his research, Maciek has worked with Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and the Georgia Ports Authority. He has also received grants for research from the Federal Highway Administration, the U. S. Department of Transportation and the U. S. State Department. Dr. Nowak’s current research focuses on the use of various heuristic optimization techniques for vehicle routing problems. He is also interested in the adoption of tracking technologies within the supply network, as well as more general strategic supply chain problems. His research has been published in Transportation Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & OR, and the Journal of Transportation Management. He has also written book chapters on the package express industry and the use of technology in the trucking industry.

While in Warsaw, Dr. Nowak will work with faculty on a project to assist the Polish Postal Service to benchmark their operations with comparable countries and to improve their overall efficiency.

Host institution: Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Department of Control Systems and Mechatronics

Project: Computer Assisted Navigation for Minimally Invasive Surgical Training

Dr. Jerzy W. Rozenblit is University Distinguished Professor, Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and Professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine at The University of Arizona. From 2003 to 2011 he served as the ECE Department Head.

During his tenure at the University of Arizona, he established the Model-‐Based Design Laboratory with major projects in design and analysis of complex, computer-‐based systems, hardware/software codesign, and simulation modeling. The projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Army, Siemens, Infineon Technologies, Rockwell, McDonnell Douglas, NASA, Raytheon, and Semiconductor Research Corporation.

He has extensive teaching experience and conducts a vigorous graduate program as evidenced by many successful PhD and MSc students and Best Teacher awards.

Dr. Rozenblit has been active in professional service in capacities ranging from editorship of ACM, IEEE, and Society for Computer Simulation Transactions, program and general chairmanship of major conferences, to participation in various university and departmental committees. Among several visiting assignments, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Systems Science, Johannes Kepler University, Austria, Research Fellow at the US Army Research Laboratories, Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich, University of Perugia, and Fulbright Senior Specialist in Cracow, Poland. He also served as a research scientist and visiting professor at Siemens AG and Infineon AG Central Research and Development Laboratories in Munich, where over he was instrumental in the development of design frameworks for complex, computer-‐ based systems.

Currently, jointly with the Arizona Surgical Technology and Education Center, he is developing computer guided training methods and systems for minimally invasive surgery. He presently serves as Director of the Life-‐Critical Computing Systems Initiative, a research enterprise intended to improve the reliability and safety of technology in healthcare and life-‐critical applications.

Host institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics

Project title: Elementary Particles and Scattering Amplitudes

Tomasz Taylor is a Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics of the Northeastern University in Boston. Professor Taylor’s main research areas are superstring theory and in general, supersymmetric theories of fundamental interactions.

Host institution: SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Project: Spoiled for Choice: The Evolution of the Party System and Voter Alignments in Poland since 1989

Hubert Tworzecki (BA/MA University of British Columbia, PhD University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research interests include political parties, elections, and voting in new democracies, as well as political communication and its effects. He is the author of Parties and Politics in Post-1989 Poland (Westview Press,1996) and Learning to Choose: Electoral Politics in East-Central Europe (Stanford University Press, 2002). Teaching interests include comparative politics, Eastern European politics, political behavior and survey research methods.

Fulbright-Schuman Program

Fulbright-Schuman Visiting Student Researcher
Host institution: Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Edward is a doctoral student in Comparative and Global Politics at the New School for Social Research. During his stay in Poland as Fulbright Schuman Grantee, he will investigate the politics of border control in the European Union by examining the interactions between a range of participants including EU institutions, national border agencies, private companies, surveillance and biometric technologies, humanitarian and refugee activists. His dissertation seeks to understand not only how technologies of border control, including disparate political actors, institutions, politics, economic processes and spaces, are organized into a broader assemblage of power and capabilities, but also how the construction of and contestation over a European border system affects broader ideas of nationhood, European integration, human mobility, and security.

Before beginning his PhD in 2013, Edward earned a Masters in Politics from the New School and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has worked for the United Nations Development Programme in New York, the 2008 Obama Campaign in Pennsylvania and non-partisan NGOs in New York. Academically, he is interested in theories of governmentality, migration politics, security studies, political theory, and post-colonial studies. Edward is originally from New York, but enjoys chasing Surf, practicing Kung Fu and reading engaging histories.

U.S. Students

Host institution: Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kracow, Department of Industrial Design.

Research project: How Industrial Design Came to Be: The Impact of International Connections between Poland and the West on Polish Industrial Design Theory and Practice during the “Thaw”.

I am a student at the Art History Department at the University of Illinois Chicago. My dissertation research and teaching focuses on similarities in design practice between those countries of the Eastern Bloc, especially including Poland, and those of the West during the twentieth century. By looking closely at connections between these regions, I challenge the notion of Eastern as separate from the West, following the Second World War. In addition to questioning this dichotomy, I scrutinize the perception of Easter Europe as homogenous. Rather, I consider the differences in design practice and its relationship to a specific place or geographical region despite changes in national boarders or political systems. In reviewing design practice from these areas, I focus closely on the relationships objects of industrial design shared with concepts of modernity. I also review the epistemological differences between decorative or applied art and industrial design. Theoretically, my work explores the histories of globalization and commodity circulation. It uses and builds on the work of scholars such as the following: Bruno Latour, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Homi Bhaba, Rey Chow, Pierre Bourdieu, Maria Janion, Ronald Barthes.

Host institution: Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Department of Research

Project: Translating Wyspiański

Lauren Dubowski is a theater artist, producer, and scholar committed to fostering international cultural exchange through the arts. She is currently a D.F.A. candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama, where her dissertation project focuses on the Polish playwright and visual artist Stanisław Wyspiański. Lauren’s work has taken her from Philadelphia and New York to Poland, Tanzania, and most recently, Indonesia as a Luce Scholar. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn more in depth about Polish theater this year. Lauren is Polish American and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Host institution: Bęc Zmiana Foundation

Project: Polish Contemporary Art in Context

Bean is an artist and writer. In 2016-17, she’ll produce a series of texts on artistic production and exhibitions in Poland, situating them within historical frameworks and current social and political conditions. Her critical writing has been included in publications such as Artforum, BOMB, Daily Serving, The Exhibitionist, Frieze, and SFMOMA’s Open Space. She received her BA from Simon’s Rock at Bard College and her MFA from the California College of the Arts, and was a 2011-2012 Graduate Fellowship Resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gilsdorf is also the editor in chief of Daily Serving, an international publication for the contemporary arts.

Host institution: University of Warsaw Faculty of “Artes Liberales”

Project: Illuminating Inequality: Post-War Polish Poetry as a Model for Response.

Elisa Gonzalez is a Puerto Rican essayist and poet. She has a B.A. in literature from Yale University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. Her awards and fellowships include grants from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her prose and poetry has appeared in publications such as Harvard Review, Narrative, and The New Yorker online. She is working on her first book and researching models for political engagement in post-war Polish poetry, as well as collaborating with the Zbigniew Herbert Foundation on Polish-American literary exchange.

Host institution: West Pomeranian University of Technology Department of Hydroengineering

Project: The Effects of Land Use on Sediment Load in the Odra River tributaries

Ryan is a 2016 graduate of Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geophysics and has a particular interest in fluvial geomorphology and land management practices. Ryan’s project will utilize geographic records and sediment samplers to study erosional processes taking place in the Odra River. He will be stationed at the West Pomeranian University of Technology at Szczecin, under the guidance of Dr. Ryszard Ewertowski. He hopes this project will lead to a better understanding of how human use impacts environmental health and river sedimentation. Ryan is a 2015 GeoCorps America participant where he worked as a Karst Geoscience Research Assistant at Mammoth Cave National Park. Ryan has also spent time working with the United States National Forest Service at the Hoosier National Forest.

Host institution: Institute of Pharmacology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Neurobiology

Project: Role of mGluRs in addiction and mood disorders

Host institution: Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies

Project: Innocence, Fear, and Hope: The Multi-faceted Conception of Childhood in Medieval Poland

Host institution: Wajda School

Project: Color in the Undertones: Recovering the Self in Polish Home Movies

Hello! I’m originally from St. Louis but I studied at The Cooper Union in New York City and graduated in Fine Arts. This will be my second year in Poland and with Fulbright where I will continue my film project that I started last year. This upcoming year I plan to further my collaboration with my host institution, The Wajda School, as well as reach out to other film students and professionals in Poland who are working in the film industry.

Host institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation

Project: Drivers on a Strange Road: The Legacy of Opposition in Poland’s Foreign Policy

Host institution: Musica Sacra Institute

Project: Cantata, for soloists, mixed choir, and organ

Born in 1990, Julia Seeholzer’s music has been described as “ingenious”, “lyrical”, and “gently offbeat.” She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the American Prize for Composition (student choral composition, 3rd place, 2015) and the Laurie Anderson Women in Technology award. Julia’s pieces have been played by many established groups, including the Esterhazy String Quartet, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, Trio D’esprit, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2011, she attended Yale University’s New Music Workshop as a composition fellow to study with Martin Bresnick. Julia’s work has been commissioned by the University of Chicago’s Camerata, the Tenuto Chamber Singers, WomenSing, and others.

Julia recently completed her Master’s degree in composition at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Joel Hoffman. She takes much of her compositional influence from color – intervalic relationships conjure specific hues, which in turn dictate a piece’s direction. When composing for voice, text further impacts each piece’s color spectrum. Julia received her B.M. in composition from the Berklee College of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude; her principal teacher at Berklee was Marti Epstein.

Julia currently studies advanced choral writing with Paweł Łukaszewski in Warsaw, Poland, under a Fulbright research grant. Her project involves writing pieces for performance by Dr. Łukaszewski’s choir, Musica Sacra.

Outside of composition, Julia is heavily involved in the world of video game music. In 2009, she founded the Video Game Music Choir (now PXL8) – an internationally recognized chamber choir that performs video game scores arranged exclusively by and for the group; she directed the group until 2012. Julia is constantly working on arrangements and collaborations, and has worked with the Videri String Quartet, as well as contributed to both the Harmony of Heroes and Spectrum of Mana projects.

Host institution: University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe

Project: Europeanization of the Polish Party System

Sophia recently received her master’s from the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she wrote her master’s thesis on electoral volatility in Poland. During her stay in Poland, she will continue to research party politics in contemporary Poland, focusing on the impact of European Union accession on the structure of the Polish party system. She is interested to explore how the myriad requirements of the EU’s acquis communautaire constrained the issues over which leaders could exercise autonomous decision-making power and thereby forced candidates and parties to alter their electoral strategies and platforms.

Sophia received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science and Slavic Studies from Columbia University in 2014. During her undergraduate studies, she spent two summers studying abroad in Krakow at Jagiellonian University, where she studied Polish language, history, and literature. In addition to her research on political parties, she also hopes to continue to pursue her interest in literary translation and contemporary Polish literature, particularly the works of Paweł Huelle and Andrzej Stasiuk, during her time abroad. In her free time, Sophia enjoys playing squash, visiting museums, and learning languages.

Host institution: Poznan University of Life Sciences, Department of Human Nutrition and Hygiene

Project: Determining the mechanism by which chromium and bitter melon activates insulin signaling

I am a Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I received my undergraduate degree in chemistry from Alcorn State University in 2013. I have always been interested in the world and health. This desire has led me to pursue several opportunities to travel,research and study abroad. I am a 2012 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar (Ghana), 2013 participant of the National Institute on Health Minority Health and Health Disparities International Training Program (India), and a 2015 recipient of the National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellowship (Taiwan). My dissertation research focuses on investigating potential health benefits of chromium (III) in vitro and in vivo. While in Poland I will be examining the potential health benefits of chromium (III) and bitter melon on type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. My ultimate goal is to become a biomedical researcher. My favorite things are travelling, reading, cooking and laughing. I am looking forward to my Fulbright experience and to Poland. I will be blogging about the entire experience.

My blog can be accessed at:

Host institution: University of Silesia, Institute of Sociology.

Research project: “Corporate Colonies: Local and Global Politics in Interwar Polish Silesia, 1926 – 1939”.

Tiffany Wilson is a PhD candidate in the history department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a MA from the University of Wyoming. Tiffany’s work examines Silesian mines as sites of international relations during the interwar period. Her project focuses on the connections between the Polish company Giesche Spolka Akcjna and the American Anaconda Mining Company.


Host institution: Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Polish Academy of Sciences

Project: Adaptations of a Frontier: Analyzing the Universe and Constructing Phenomena

Kathryn is an artist who uses every-day objects and materials to elicit feelings of phenomenological experience. Physically taking the form of video installation, sound, and still image, she often employs tactics like fracturing, layering, and looping to obscure information and to blur the boundaries between the familiar and the foreign. Kathryn will be based in Warsaw for her Fulbright where she will be working with astronomers, physicists, and space researchers to study their data, tools, and methodologies. From her research she will develop a body of work to include video installations and sculpture.Zazenski has participated in international artist residencies such as Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China, and Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland, as well as nationally at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, the Fountainhead in Miami, FL, Honfleur Gallery in Washington, DC, and The Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI. Zazenski has shared her work in solo, two-person, group shows and experimental projects internationally, including with Carol Jazzar Contemporary in Miami, FL and the Fringe Arts Festival in Bath, UK. Zazenski holds a BFA from the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Host institution: Nencki lnstitute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Cell Biology

Project: Investigating the Phosphorylation of GRHL Transcription Factors

Marek Zorawski, a chemistry major from Minneapolis, will go to Poland to study the function of a chemical modification (called phosphorylation) to the GRHL family of human tumor suppressor proteins, hoping to understand this modification in GRHL proteins in order to eventually employ it as a novel cancer therapeutic strategy. Zorawski will volunteer with the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, demonstrating and explaining simple biochemical reactions for the public. After the Fulbright, Zorawski plans to apply to MD/Ph.D. programs and pursue medical research as a career.

English Teaching Assistants

Host institution: University of Białystok, Faculty of Philology

Austin was born and raised in Houston, Texas. During high school, he was involved with the Houston Museum of Natural Science as a teaching assistant, volunteer manager, and exhibit docent. Austin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, BA in Plan II Honors (Liberal Arts), and his Texas High School Teacher’s Certification through the UTeach Program. During his time in college, Austin served as president of the Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team; an organization that sponsored weekly after school science clubs at local elementary schools. Additionally, he conducted research in the NanoBiosensors and Molecular Tracking Lab, studying the medical applications of silver nanoclusters. Through the UTeach Certification Program, Austin studied how students learn, strategies for increasing inclusion in the classroom, and how to create challenging and engaging lessons.

During his time in Poland, Austin hopes to examine differences between Polish and American education systems. Throughout his grant, Austin will be positing to the following blog:

Host institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science and Institute of International Relations

My name is TJ Beavers, and I am from South Point, Ohio. I recently graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University (OSU) with a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Microbiology and Political Science and also minoring in Byzantine History. While attending OSU as an Eminence Fellow, I conducted microbiology research working to characterize and differentiate the microbiome of ruminants by host factors. Additionally, I served as a teaching assistant for the introductory microbiology lab courses, Service Chair for the Honors and Scholars Programming Board, Academics Chair for the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and as a student representative in both the student and university governments as well as the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Political Science Department. My fascination of East European and particularly Polish politics and culture grew out of curiosity after attending a Polish-Canadian political reception while I was interning at the Parliament of Canada. I became particularly interested in Polish education and public health policies with public health becoming an even greater interest after studying similar policies while abroad in Japan. My interests in Poland and passion for teaching naturally led me to apply for the Fulbright ETA. After this experience, I plan to go on to law school to acquire a J.D. while also working to obtain a M.P.H. with the intention of working as a public health lawyer.

Host institution: Medical University of Łódź, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Postgraduate Education and Foreign Languages

I am from Lancaster, PA, about two hours from Philadelphia. I recently graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. I have clocked in many hours and years of undergraduate organic chemistry research, resulting in scientific publications. Though I am very STEM focused, I am a huge participant and advocate for language arts and enjoy reading and writing daily. While in college, I spent time as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry and as a tutor for many subjects. These experiences and the dream of emulating a high school Polish teacher’s instructional ways, have led me to wish to be a teacher. While being very academically focused, my other interests lay in advocating for human rights, especially those of women, experiencing and understanding other cultures, staying active by running and in sports such as soccer, understanding and contributing positively to climate change, attending musicals, and reading memoirs. I am extremely ecstatic to be able to spend time in Poland as an ETA truly becoming a global citizen. This opportunity has granted me the chance to emphasize language by teaching English in a STEM environment and experience a beautiful and unique culture at the same time. I am excited to immerse myself in this powerful cultural exchange and come out strengthened in many aspects of my life. Upon returning to the states, I plan on receiving my Ph.D. in chemistry so that I can teach it at the college level, perhaps while also striving to write a novel, read every day, be a voice for women, and continue to unite the world by traveling.

Host institution: Rzeszów University, Faculty of Study of Foreign Languages

Hello! My name is John Carlson and I’m from Poughkeepsie, New York. I graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

While at SUNY Geneseo, I was inaugurated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, the Golden Keys International Honors Society, the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and the Psi Chi Psychological Honors Society.

While engaging in my undergraduate studies, I was able to work as a teaching assistant for the class Introduction to Logic which helped develop my interest in teaching. I also worked as a research assistant in two different labs, one focusing on sibling and peer relationships of children and the other focusing on mother-child relationships.

My desire to travel led me to study abroad twice, both in the Netherlands and Sweden. These study abroad experiences gave me an interest in cross-cultural relations. After meeting so many fascinating people from all over the world and yearning to learn more, I decided to apply for the Fulbright Scholarship and was ultimately granted a position as an ETA for the 2015/2016 academic year in Rzeszow, Poland.

After a successful year teaching and developing great connections with locals and internationals in Rzeszow, I decided to apply and was ultimately accepted for an ETA renewal for the 2016/2017 academic year. I look forward to going back to Rzeszow and continuing to develop and foster relationships in both a city and country I have come to love.

Host institution: University of Gdańsk, Institute of English and American Studies

Host institution: Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Carol Grzych, of Glenview, Illinois, has been offered a Fulbright as an English Teaching Assistant for nine months in Poland. There, she will be placed at a Polish university teaching specialized English in scientific and business fields. Carol graduated with her BS in Chemical Engineering in May 2016 as a Chancellors Scholar. Carol received a full tuition award to attend Illinois as a Stamps Scholar and was accepted as a member of the campus Hoeft Technology & Management Program, which brings top students from engineering and business fields together for cross-disciplinary learning. During her time on campus, Carol was active as a consultant and manager for Illinois Business Consulting. After honing her intercultural communication skills over the course of her Fulbright year, Carol will begin a full-time position as a Global Management Trainee with AB InBev, where she hopes to begin a career in international management. In her free time, Carol enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and biking.

Host institution: Collegium Civitas, Faculty of International Relations, Political Sciences, Sociology and Film Studies

Host institutions: 1. Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education Ignatianum (Faculty of Education) 2.Pontifical University of John Paul II (Inter-Faculty of Foreign Languages)

Hello! My name is Madison Harry, and I’m from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I recently graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Secondary Education – Social Studies and two minors: History and Leadership. While attending OSU, I served as a Student Government Senator and co-founded an annual conference for educators, EdCamp Stillwater. I was involved in several on-campus organizations, but two of my favorites were Kappa Alpha Theta and Intercultural Friendship, where I co-facilitated game nights between international students and residents of a local assisted living center. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and watching The West Wing and Doctor Who. While in Poland, I hope to connect American secondary students with the culture and history of Poland through a pen-pal project and video conferencing. Upon my return to the U.S., I plan to teach middle school geography and share what I learned while living and working in Poland.

Host institution: Maria Skłodowska-Curie University Faculty of Humanities (Institute of English Studies)

McKenzie Hightower recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and Film. Her research interests are diverse. She particularly enjoys researching the linguistic study of heteroglossia pioneered by M.M. Bakhtin, the Czech concentration camp Theresienstadt (Terezín), and the resurfacing of grotesque fairy tales in contemporary narratives. A recipient of a 2014 US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Scholarship, she studied abroad at Notthingham-Trent University the summer after her sophomore year. While there she immersed herself in the history, heritage, literature, and art work of the United Kingdom in order to produce a final fiction and art piece that was displayed in a public gallery. Her interest in creative writing intersected with her desire to teach when she co-founded the Rogue Workshop—a program that integrates the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs—and the Young Writers Workshop—an outreach creative writing initiative at the Robinson Community Learning Center for middle and high school writers. The US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute fostered a desire to explore other countries within McKenzie, but her interest in Poland had begun far earlier, when she encountered Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Three Colors Trilogy” in high school. From there, she immersed herself in Polish art and hopes to learn enough Polish while on her Fulbright to read some of the texts in their native language. When she is not writing creatively or researching, McKenzie enjoys watching foreign films, cooking, and playing soccer. After her Fulbright experience, McKenzie hopes to receive her MFA in creative writing and become a professor.

Host institution: Częstochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment

Host institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Nina Lepp, from Mercer Island, WA, recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics. While at LMU, she served as a member of Belles Service Organization, a group of women who volunteer on campus and in the greater Los Angeles community with a focus on domestic violence awareness. Nina has studied abroad in Bonn, Germany for a semester and traveled China with the engineering department. In addition, she spent three years as a coxswain on the Division I Men’s Rowing Team and enjoys spending time outside running, hiking, and skiing. As former president of the LMU section of the Society of Women Engineers, she is passionate about encouraging and empowering females to pursue a career in the STEM fields. Nina is enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach technical English in Poland and better understand engineering on a global level.

Host institution: AGH University of Science and Technology, Study of Foreign Languages

Jake recently graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2016 with distinction receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at Virginia Tech, Jake had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program on global engineering practices in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. This trip initiated his interest in engineering on a global scale and culture exchange. He began his professional engineering career in a cooperative education program at a manufacturing plant. The next internship landed him at a defense contractor where he worked on unmanned aerial vehicles. These two work experiences led to aerospace internships in Singapore and England where he worked on robotic manufacturing technology and jet engine analysis. Jake was involved with various clubs and organizations on campus including the professional engineering fraternity Pi Tau Sigma and was a Rolls-Royce campus ambassador. In his free time he enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, playing basketball, and swing dancing. Jake chose to embark on Fulbright in Poland because of his interest in Poland’s rich history and rise to prominence in the European Union with a strong focus on STEM. He is excited to combine his passion for engineering and culture exchange in a specialized English teaching role where he will be working with postgraduate students in engineering – related fields.

Host institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of English

Host institution: Koszalin University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Humanities

Originally from a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, I graduated in May 2016 from Oberlin College with a B.A. in history and a minor in chemistry. My studies primarily focused on Eastern and Central European history from the mid-nineteenth century through the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. I also took pre-medical courses at Oberlin College in preparation for a career in medicine after my year abroad. At Oberlin, I worked as an Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS) leader for general chemistry courses. I collaborated with professors to create original workshops aimed to foster active learning and encourage students to engage with lecture material in creative and interesting ways. Outside of the classroom, I was actively involved with the Oberlin music community, performing in solo violin and chamber music recitals throughout my four years. I was also a three-year member of the Oberlin ultimate frisbee team. While I have long been fascinated by Eastern European culture and history, the Fulbright grant represents my first opportunity to live in the region. I am incredibly honored and excited to continue teaching while engaging with Polish communities in the coming academic year!

Host institution: Kazimierz Wielki University, Department of English Studies

A recent graduate of Rutgers Graduate School of Education, Melissa holds a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language teaching. While completing her bachelor’s degree at Alfred University, she studied languages and anthropology. There she was constantly involved in student activities and mentored underclassmen. In the summer of 2010 she volunteered as an English teacher in Maków Mazoweczki, Poland. She feels grateful for the opportunity to teach English in Poland, this time in Bydgoszcz. She is looking forward to meeting new people and learning how to communicate in Polish so that she may further facilitate cultural exchange. After the Fulbright she hopes to continue doing what she loves– teaching English language learners! Her interests include cooking, practicing yoga, learning languages, reading and traveling.

Host institution: Poznań University of Technology, Centre of Languages and Communication

Christian recently graduated with honors from The University of Alabama with a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering while on the Pre-Medicine track. Though he is a full time resident of Texas, he took a National Merit Scholarship to move to Tuscaloosa. While at UA, he helped start UA Global Medical Brigades, the UA ONE Campus Challenge, and Be the Match on Campus while sitting on the executive board of five other organizations. He also worked on a biomedical startup company, served as an ambassador for the college of engineering, and helped in the recruitment office for the football team. He also had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for three classes related to engineering and medicine, and was a part of three different research teams in business, biochemistry, and community health during his career. However his greatest passion is pediatric medicine, an interest that started when he began working at a camp for children with chronic illnesses and handicaps in Texas. For four summers he served nearly four thousand kids in Ireland, Washington and Texas, where he is in the hall of fame for his work. It was in Ireland where he first worked with both kids and adults from Poland and fell in love with the culture. He is extremely excited to serve as an ETA in Poland and believes the experience will help him relate better to patients from different backgrounds when he is a physician. Outside of the classroom, he hopes to work with local children and implement a therapeutic recreation program and continue his love for serving kids across the globe.

Host institution: Philological School of Higher Education, Faculty of Modern Languages

My name is Weronika Wasilewski and I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy. At school, I studied Learning & Organizational and Psychology. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to work in some sort of aspect of education. My interest was solidified when I heard Rita Pierson say in her TED Talk, “every kid needs a champion”. I want to be the champion for other students as my teachers were for me. Down the road, I will be working at the Huron Consulting Group in their Higher Education, and ultimately want to end up in higher education administration. I am extremely interested in familiarizing myself with another type of higher educational system — I could see what works and what doesn’t in order to be most efficient and helpful for students. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring new cities (especially eating the food), and attending Broadway musicals.


Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Institute of Archaeology

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and university research fellow. Specialist in prehistoric archaeology and ancient paleoenvironments of the Western United States and Europe with current projects in historical archaeology. More than 110 publications, including 52 peer-reviewed articles, edited books, book chapters and monographs. More than 100 professional conference presentations. Multiple UNC awards for sponsored research projects, Distinguished University Scholar, Provost’s Award for Leadership, and presently a Fulbright Scholar roster listee. 51 external grands for $1.5 million since 1988. Currently Director of the UNC Center for Engaged Research and Civic Action.

Host institution: Polish National Film Television and Theatre School in Łódź, Acting Department

Jack (Jacob) Garfein was born on July 2, 1930, in Mukacevo, Carpathian Ruthenia, Czechoslovakia (now Mukacheve, Ukraine), to the well-to-do Jewish family. During World War II, when the Nazi regime started to incriminate Jews, the Slovakian government decided to collaborate and even paid to send the Jews to the camps. His entire family was killed, but he survived 11 concentration camps, including Auschwitz. At the end of the War, he was liberated by the British army from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

In 1946, he joined his uncle who lived in New York. Determined to become an actor, Garfein won a scholarship to the Dramatic Workshop at the New School in New York. He took classes in acting with the influential German director Erwin Piscator. Among his classmates were Walter Matthau, Tony Curtis, and Rod Steiger. In 1949, Encouraged by Piscator, Garfein joined the American Theater Wing to study directing with Lee Strasberg. After graduating at the age of twenty, he was hired to direct fifteen-minute dramatic segments on television with Barry Nelson, Phyllis Love and Donald Buka, who were the exciting new actors of Broadway at the time. In 1951, Garfein was invited to attend the Actors Studio. During that time, he directed the play “End as a man” by Calder Willingham with all Actors Studio members. He also gave his first role to James Dean in the first Actors Studio production of the play. Praised by Strasberg and Kazan, the play opened off-Broadway, starring another Actors Studio alumni, Ben Gazzara, and in 1953, after rave critic reviews, it moved to Broadway. The legendary critic Stark Young hailed the acting as “the best ensemble work in the American theater.” At the age of 23, beating Orson Welles’ record, Garfein received the Show Business Award as the best director on Broadway. It was the beginning of a long and prolific career for Garfein, both as a producer and director. In 1955, he was officially invited to become a member of the Actors Studio. He was the first director to receive this honor.

As a director and an acting teacher, Garfein actively participated in the development of the Actors Studio work and collaborated with famous filmmakers such as Elia Kazan, John Ford, and George Stevens. He directed Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Shelley Winters, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Ralph Meeker, Mark Richman, Mildred Dunnock, Elaine Stritch, Malick Bowens. He discovered Ben Gazzara, James Dean, Steve McQueen, George Peppard, Bruce Dern, Doris Roberts, Jean Stapleton, Pat Hingle, Albert Salmi, Paul Richards and Susan Strasberg.

Garfein is the author of two both politically and artistically challenging films that did not spare Hollywood’s conservatism and led to censorship. In The Strange One (1957), he tackled the question of the effect of military phycology on young men. Another controversial aspect of the film was the fact that Garfein used African-American extras in the last scene of the film, which got him into trouble with the studio. The Strange One was also censored by the Motion Picture Production Code for general “homosexual overtones”, and “excessive brutality and suggestive sequences [that] tend to arouse disrespect for lawful authority”. In his second film, Something Wild (1961), derived from Alex Karmel’s novel Mary Ann, he similarly tackled the studios’ conventions by formally depicting rape. Something Wild features an original score by Aaron Copland, the title sequence by Saul Bass, and the photography by Eugen Schüfftan.

Aside from participating in the revolutionary acting process of the Actors Studio in New York, Garfein brought In 1966, he, in collaboration with Paul Newman, founded the second branch of the Actors Studio in Los Angeles. Garfein was also one of the co-founders of New York Theatre Row, where in 1974 he created the Harold Clurman Theater and later the Samuel Becket Theatre. During his theater career, he produced and directed over 50 plays. Most notable productions include: Shadow of Gunman by Sean O’Casey, two plays by Arthur Miller, The Price and The American Clock; Childhood by Natalie Saurraute, starring Glenn Close (1985); Rommel’s Garden by Harvey Gabor (1985); For No Good Reason by Nathalie Saurraute (1985); Kurt Weill Cabaret with Alvin Epstein and Marta Schlamme (1985); Endgame by Samuel Beckett(1984); Anton Chekhov Sketchbook with Joseph Buloff and John Herd (1981); California Reich and The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco (1978–79), as well as The Beckett Plays (Ohio Impromptu, Catastrophe, What Where) in London, Vienna, and Jerusalem (1983-1984). His most recent production of An Address to the Academy by Franz Kafka (2013) had a successful run in two theaters Paris.

Garfein also created a unique acting technique, which he described in his book Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor, 2010. He has been teaching craft and art of acting for the past 40 years in Paris, New York, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Vienna. Among his students were such prominent actors as Sissy Spacek, Samuel Le Bihan, Irène Jacob, Sam Karman, Bill Smitrovich, James Thiérrée, Valérie Stroh, Jacky Narcissian, Laetitia Casta, Mark Richman, Bruce Dern, and others. In 1985, he founded his own studio, Le Studio Jack Garfein, in Paris. For his teaching work, he was awarded three Masque D’Or awards in France: two for best scene work and one as the best acting teacher in France.

Host institution: Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management

Michael Leitner is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA.  He received his B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1990) degrees in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna, Austria and a second M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer cartography from the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

His main research interests are in geospatial visual analytics, geospatial privacy, and the research and application of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc & T) to public safety, public health, disaster management, and forensic analysis.  His research is highly interdisciplinary and overlaps primarily with forensic anthropology, sociology, criminology and criminal justice, statistics, public safety, disaster science, public health, and psychology.  Prof. Leitner is an Adjunct Professor in the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics and a member of the Internal Advisory Committee of the Crime and Policy Evaluation Research (CAPER) group in the LSU’s Department of Sociology.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and a Faculty Member in the Doctoral College “GI Science” (, both at the University of Salzburg, Austria.  He was a guest professor at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2008 and at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria in 2009.  From 2008-14 he was editor of the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS) journal published by Taylor and Francis.  Prof. Leitner has published five books, six co-edited journal volumes, and 50+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  He has received $4.8 million in grant money as (Co)-PI until now.

Host institution: Polish National Film Television and Theatre School in Łódź, Acting Department

Carol Rosenfeld:Teaching: HB Studio since 1968. Created the Hagen Institute’s Six Week Summer Intensive, Core One Year Training and Hagen Teacher Training Lab and served as the first Director of The Hagen Institute 2010-2014. Fulbright Specialist: La Escuela del Actor in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Polish National Film School in Lodz. Master Classes: Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Calgary, Copenhagen, Barcelona, London and Melbourne, Australia. Rutgers (New Brunswick), The National Theatre of the Deaf, The National Theatre School of Canada, The Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake). Author: ACTING AND LIVING IN DISCOVERY: A WORKBOOK FOR THE ACTOR, and The Hagen Technique chapter in TRAINING OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR. Acting: 13 P, HB Playwright’s, Guthrie Theatre, the Cape Playhouse, the NJ Shakespeare Festival, Whole Theatre Co., Jewish Rep, Counterpoint Theater, Writer’s Theater, NY City Opera. TV: AS THE WORLD TURNS and THE GUIDING LIGHT. Directing: THE ROAD TO MECCA, SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, PICNIC, COLLECTED STORIES, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, THE MILLIONAIRESS, THE INCA OF PERUSALEM, and original works at the HB Playwright’s Foundation Theatre in NYC. B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania; M.A., Columbia. Trained with Uta Hagen.