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August 16, 2013

Richfield Springs scholar gets grant to teach in Russia

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — A Richfield Springs resident will soon be traveling to Russia thanks to her award in the 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Meredith Doubleday, who graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013, was among 13 students and two alumni from the college to receive the grants, according to a college media release. She graduated from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School in 2009.

Doubleday could not be reached for comment Thursday. She is working at the Library of Congress this summer before starting her Fulbright year, according to the college.

According to the college, during her year, Doubleday will work in Voronezh, in an English teaching assistantship. It’s “the perfect vehicle for Doubleday’s intensive engagement with Russian language and culture and her lifelong desire to teach English as a second language,” according to the release.

She is a Russian and classics double major who grew up in Richfield Springs among a strong Russian Orthodox community. But, her first engagement with the language came through an introductory course at the college.

She studied abroad in St. Petersburg during the fall 2012 semester, where she volunteered as an English instructor at the Language Club teaching adults. She also traveled several times to Russia as a member of the Russian Orthodox Youth Choir and given presentation on her work to different groups.

Summer stints at the Fenimore Art and Farmers’ Museums in Cooperstown helped her obtain an internship at the Hermitage Museum during her internship in St. Petersburg. That led to an internship at the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress last summer.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide, according to the Fulbright website. Participants meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.