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Dzeneta Karabegovic '08 Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Sweden

Dzeneta Karabegovic

Dzeneta Karabegovic '08 remembers receiving her Yugoslavian passport when she was a young child. But she more clearly remembers the day that passport became invalid; it was six months later, her country was literally breaking apart, and her family was fleeing what would become a brutal and bloody war. They had no choice but to leave the only home they had ever known.

They fled to Germany, where the family lived for a few years. But it never felt like home. Karabegovic wondered if she would ever find a place that felt like home again.

Eventually they moved to Burlington, Vermont. They became American citizens. And after a while Vermont started to feel like home.

Not all immigrants are as lucky to form a bond as strong to their host country as Karabegovic was, but now she has the opportunity to help others learn how to make their new country their new home. Karabegovic has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an independent research project on social networks within the Bosnian Diaspora population in Sweden. She will spend the year with researchers at Uppsala University working to get a better understanding of how Diaspora members interact with their community and the greater Swedish population. A better understanding of Diaspora social networks, she believes, will lead to better immigration and integration policies for the population.

Karabegovic was a member of the first Honors College class to matriculate at UVM, and she seized every academic opportunity offered to her to learn more about international politics, Diaspora, refugees and genocide. She double majored in Eurpoean Studies and Political Science. She became fluent in three languages. Her senior thesis covered the use of images and media influenced identity during the Bosnian war.

Karabegovic is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

When Karabegovic returns to the United States she plans to attend either law or graduate school so that she can continue to help Diaspora populations in the U.S. and abroad.

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