Union students awarded CBYX Fellowships

Two seniors were honored with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowship.
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Union students awarded CBYX Fellowships


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Two seniors were honored with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Fellowship. Seventy-five American students to study, live and work in Germany for a year following graduation. CBYX fellows have the opportunity to pursue paid work or internships and live with hosts. The program is open to candidates from all career fields.

Bretta Beer ’18

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: German

Hometown: Westford, Mass. 

Activities: Field hockey; winner of the Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in German Literature; term abroad to Australia

What are some courses/experiences here at Union that helped prepare you for the fellowship?

The neuroscience/biology classes and labs I have taken including behavioral neuroscience, neurobiology, molecular biology of the cell, and experimental neurobiology have helped to sharpen my understanding of the delicate inter-workings of the human brain. I have also taken several German classes throughout college to continue and strengthen my language abilities.

What do you hope to get (academically or personally) from the experience?

Through the CBYX for Young Professionals, I hope to become fluent in the German language, increase my understanding of the German culture and political system, gain valuable and eye-opening professional neuroscience experience, and meet new people.

Garrett Maron ‘18

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: German

Hometown: Sudbury, Mass. 

Activities: Alpha Delta Phi; club hockey; German Club; term abroad to Germany

What are some courses/experiences here at Union that helped prepare you for it?

My experiences on the Germany study abroad trip during my junior year helped me prepare for CBYX the most. However, the culmination of all the classes in both my major and minor were also crucial in preparing me for this fellowship.

What do you hope to get (academically or personally) from the experience?

I hope to expand both my knowledge of German language and culture, as well as continue my studies in biology.

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