CMU nominates four students to compete for Fulbright Program
December 19, 2012

Megan Bauerle, Darnell Gardner Jr., Kevin Hall, and Eric Thornton are CMU’s 2013 Fulbright nominees. 
Each will compete for funding from the Fulbright Program to travel abroad for in-depth study in their areas of interest.   

Megan Bauerle, a Mount Pleasant senior, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study changes in dental health with the introduction of agriculture in Great Britain at the University College of London in the U.K.  She is a Centralis Honors Program Scholar majoring in Anthropology and Psychology and minoring in English. 

Bauerle studied in the U.K. in 2009 and later spent a semester at Edge Hill University in England.   She studied bioarchaeology and human osteology at the Arizona State University Archaeological Field School and participated as a volunteer in excavation projects at CMU’s Field School in Archaeology and the McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.  Additionally, she has extensively studied and researched animal remains found within a typical 19th century diet and presented her work at the Midwest Archaeological Conference.  Bauerle also served as an anthropology laboratory assistant and clinical psychology research assistant at CMU. 

Bauerle plans to pursue a PhD in bioarchaeology.


Darnell Gardner Jr., a senior from Detroit majoring in Journalism and Political Science, is CMU’s nominee for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan.  If awarded, Gardner will be a full-time teaching assistant in an elementary or junior high school.  He will also consult with teachers on cultural issues regarding the U.S. and assist in writing and editing educational materials.

Gardner studied in Shanghai in 2010 and later completed an internship with the China Daily in Beijing.  He’s interned at WDET-FM and was an apprentice at the Detroit Free Press in 2009.  He has served as a staff reporter and columnist for Central Michigan Life since his freshman year and worked with CMU’s WMHW-FM.  He is the recipient of the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship as well as the Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction.  Gardner also participated in American Model United Nations and CMU English Language Institute’s Conversation Partners Program. 

Gardner’s future plans include pursuing a Masters or PhD in international relations and becoming proficient in Mandarin. 


Kevin Hall, a recent CMU graduate from Caro, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.  If awarded, Hall will teach and serve as a resource for conversation, vocabulary, reading, and writing courses, as well as for educational advising and outreach.  When he is not in the classroom, Hall, who majored in History and German, plans to continue studying German history and to satisfy further his curiosity about his German heritage. 

Hall studied in Bielefeld, Germany in 2011 and later returned to complete an internship as a corporate historian at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and BASF in Ludwigshafen. In 2013 he will intern with Meyer Werft in Papenburg.  Hall has broadly studied and researched German prisoners of war in Michigan during World War II and presented his work at conferences, including the Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference in 2012.

Hall earned his Bachelor’s degree from CMU in 2012 and is currently working toward a Masters in History.  He hopes eventually to earn a PhD in History and Masters in German and become a college professor of German History.



Eric Thornton, a Tawas senior, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study ceramics in an industrial context and learn commercial fabrication techniques and methodology at the Helsinki School of Design at Aalto University in Finland.  If awarded, Thornton hopes to inspire a change in the direction of ceramics from an artistic medium to that of an industrial design by understanding the historical relationship between Aalto University and the Arabia Factory (a porcelain production factory in Finland).

Thornton is majoring in Fine Arts with a 3D Ceramics concentration and minoring in Art History and Apparel Design and Construction.  He studied ceramics and fine arts at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute in Italy and attended workshops at La Merdiana (a well-known international ceramics learning center).  Thornton is a ceramics tutor and a studio technician/assistant at CMU, president of the CMU Ceramics Society, and teaches numerous pottery classes to children and adults. 

Thornton plans to attend graduate school and artist residency programs to further develop his ceramics skills and work.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.  

This year’s nominees applied for the Fulbright Awards through the CMU National Scholarship Program, which assists the best and brightest students and alumni to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships.

The national Fulbright selection committee will review all applications and announce the recipients in April. 

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