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
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,"
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
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