A generous gift from Anne O. Thomson provides supplementary project support for two American Fulbrighters in Finland every year.
One awardee, Heidi Katz, is pursuing a Masters degree in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems at the University of Turku in southwestern Finland. She is using this opportunity to research school support of student autonomy and to compare teaching methods in Finland, Spain and Cameroon. Upon returning to the United States, Heidi hopes to apply the educational practices she learned in Finland as a teacher in an inner-city school, specifically working with underprivileged and special needs children.
The second award went to architect Stephanie Jazmines of Yale University. While in Finland, Stephanie desires to observe and learn first-hand Scandinavian design and craft through the Alvar Aalto Wood Program, and our project support enables her to visit historic wooden structures around Finland after completing these studies. After completion of her Fulbright Fellowship, Stephanie plans on further honing her wood-oriented architectural skills and eventually applying them through philanthropic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
For a complete list of recipients of the Roth‐Thomson Award for work in Finland, please consult Finnish Project Alumni.