Knox senior Cone latest Fulbright Fellow

Saturday, April 21, 2007

GALESBURG - Knox College senior Kourtney Cone has been awarded a 2007 Fulbright Fellowship. Cone will conduct research on the retention of sea turtles in Costa Rica.

Cone is the thirteenth Knox student in the past 13 years to receive a Fulbright Fellowship. The award is among the nation's most prestigious for international postgraduate study.

In her research, Cone will measure the yolk sack of the hatchlings that immediately swim out to sea versus the yolk sack of hatchlings released at different timed release intervals.

As a biology major, Cone says the best title for what she wants to do is conservation field medicine. "I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a kid, and my Knox experiences have fostered my interest in conservation and medicine."

Cone has been accepted to the University of Illinois' school of veterinary medicine but has deferred those studies for one year for the Fulbright study.

"The way the Fulbright Fellowship works, I am an ambassador for the United States. I want to work with the community and learn about its culture. The kind of lessons you don't find in the classroom," she said.

Cone also wants to teach English and teach the community about conservation.

"There is a real shortage of sea turtles and a lot of that is because we are sending them into a dirty environment. I want to make community education a part of my job. I want to spread the conservation message," she said.

Fulbright awards are administered by the Institute of International Education, with additional support from participating countries and educational institutions.

The program was established 60 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding college graduates, graduate students, young scholars and higher education faculty.


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