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Two students win Fulbright Awards

Both will conduct research in Germany

Ohio University seniors Christina Matzen and Matt Wagner were each recently awarded 2011-12 Fulbright Awards.

Both students will travel to Germany to do research for about 10 months.
Matzen, a Lakewood, Ohio, area native studying history, is the daughter of Rolf Matzen and Carol Pennington. Her research project is titled "(En)Gendering Nazi Crimes: Researching Aufseherinnen in Germany's Zentrale Stelle Archives."

Matzen boasts a number of additional accomplishments. She is the president of the Ohio University History Association; co-president of the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, OHIO chapter; co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Ohio University Undergraduate Journal of History; a member of Phi Beta Kappa; and a member of the German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha.

"Chrissy's proposed research into the motivations and backgrounds of female concentration camp guards garnered an impressive amount of interest among and support from German scholars during the application process," said Beth Clodfelter, Ohio University director of U.S. Fulbright Programs. "The rigorous combination of academic programs that Chrissy has selected and the significant
undergraduate research experience that she has gained at and through Ohio University helped to make her an exceptional Fulbright applicant."

Wagner, a Cortland, Ohio, native, is the son of Paul and Julie Wagner. The journalism and German major's research project is titled "German National Identity through Soccer."

Wagner has additional accomplishments, including his inclusion on the University's Dean's List and the Gateway Scholarship. He is a staff writer at The Post, served as the treasurer of OHIO's German Club and is a member of the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.

"Mathew has earned a special Fulbright award to Germany, the Beginning Professional Journalism Award," Clodfelter said. "The only previous Ohio University recipient of that award had several years
of professional journalism experience by the time of application, so to receive this opportunity as an undergraduate is a real honor for Matt and a credit to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism."

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