The Catholic University of America

June 22, 2009

CUA Doctoral Candidate to Study in Germany as Fulbright Scholar

Atria Larson

Atria Larson, a Catholic University doctoral candidate in medieval and Byzantine studies, has been named the recipient of a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, Larson will travel to Germany to complete research for her dissertation on a 12th-century treatise on penance.

"Being a Fulbright scholar, particularly in Germany, which is one of the most difficult countries in which to get a Fulbright, is a great honor to me," Larson says. "It means not only that a group of Americans recommended me for this award but also that a committee of distinguished Germans considered me worthy of this award and wanted to welcome me to their country."

Larson leaves in August to go to Marburg, Germany, for a few days of orientation and six weeks of language training. She will move to Munich on Sept. 25 where she will stay until July 15, 2010.

"I will be utilizing the many library resources in Munich for both primary and secondary sources, and, in particular, I will be examining many theological, canonical and pastoral manuscripts housed in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek," Larson says.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, or Bavarian State Library, is one of Europe's most important libraries. With a current collection of more than 9 million books, it ranks among the best research libraries in the world.

Besides finishing her dissertation, she hopes to become fully conversant in German to understand lectures and scholarly discussions while there and she hopes to make academic contacts with German scholars in her field of study.

Catholic University alumna Meredith Niles, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2005, was also awarded a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship. However she declined the Fulbright award, instead deciding to attend a doctoral program at University of California-Davis with full funding from the National Science Foundation. She will be focusing on agro-ecology and environmental policy.

"To be chosen as a Fulbright Scholar is a great honor, a considerable distinction, and no easy feat," said Michael Mack, director of the University Honors Program. "Their accomplishment, while theirs, is likewise a great credit to our university community and the education it makes possible."