Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Turkey

Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos
Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos

Mary Daphne Kostakopoulos, a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Turkey. 

A communication and French major at Hamilton, Kostakopoulos spent her junior year studying in France through Hamilton's program there. She has been a teaching assistant in French for three years as well as a French tutor. 

Kostakopoulos was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society at Hamilton in 2008. She is president of the French Club and has written for Hamilton's student newspaper The Spectator and the French paper La Gazette. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Marcel Moraud Memorial Prize Scholarship, awarded to the senior majoring in French and returning from the junior year in France program who demonstrates academic excellence, strength of character and a sense of humor.

After her return from Turkey, Kostakopoulos plans to seek a master's degree at Columbia University's School of Journalism and pursue a career in cross-cultural communication.  She is the daughter of Yasemin and Haralambos Kostakopoulos of New York.

The Fulbright ETA Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

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