Senior Physics Major Becomes 39th UD Student to Earn Fulbright Award

Senior Physics Major Becomes 39th UD Student to Earn Fulbright Award

 

For Anthony Kersting, a senior physics major with a German concentration, the journey to becoming UD's 39th Fulbright Award recipient began when he enrolled at UD four years ago.

It was German professors Jacob and Laura Eidt who inspired and fed his love of German language and culture, physics professors Sally Hicks and Rich Olenick who interested him in physics and astronomy, and Hicks who encouraged him to apply for the Fulbright in the first place.

Now Kersting has become UD's 39th Fulbright recipient. His English Teaching Assistantship to Germany will begin this fall. As part of his teaching assistantship, Kersting, who also sings, would like to join a local choir, take voice lessons at a German university and teach an amateur astronomy class for the community. He will soon learn where in Germany he will spend the next year.

The Fulbright program is designed to build good relationships between U.S. students and citizens of the host country. If you spend just a few minutes with Anthony, then you know that he has the kind of outgoing personality that will warm the hearts and bring a smile to the face of even the most serious German. He sings opera, and he studies the stars. What an ambassador to Germany he will be! said Sally Hicks.

Kersting previously studied abroad at the university's Rome Program, during which he visited Munich and Vienna.

"My Rome semesters definitely a major motivation in wanting to go back to Germany," said Kersting.

Kersting has completed research in observational astronomy, where he investigated dwarf nova ASASSN-14cv. He is also a member of lyric theater and Collegium Cantorum. After his Fulbright year, he is interested in studying engineering at the graduate level.

Previous UD Fulbright winners have studied bees in England and French symbolist poetry in Belgium and, like Kersting, taught English in Germany.

PHOTO: Elizabeth Whitfield

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