December 2010 Report

Killam Fellows Report


Ivy Gooch, this year’s Killam Fellow, is studying in Montréal.

Killam Fellow, Ivy Gooch, Reports From l’Université de Montréal!
By Ivy Gooch
After only three days in Montréal, I’d fallen in love with the city. After three months I remain just as enamored; although now I wear at least three layers at all times. Every day I am constantly struck by the diversity of Montréal. In the west customers are greeted with “hi,” in the center with “bonjour-hi,” and in the east with a proud “bonjour.”
At l’Université de Montréal, one of the largest francophone universities in the world, readings are frequently in English. While most residents’ first and strongest language is French, the accommodations made for English are large.

Ivy Gooch in Montreal
Ivy Gooch in Montreal.

As a native of Seattle, I have always associated Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler with Canada. I soon discovered that the differences between the eastern and western seaboards of the US are much less than those of Canada. The Québecois have their own distinct culture that involves almost fully state-funded universities and swearing with words like “tabernacle” and “chalice.” However, this does not prevent them from also defining themselves as Canadians. Now in Québec I more fully understand the plurality of Canada. I now have a much greater appreciation for the ability of our neighbor to run a peaceful, diverse and bilingual country.

The Killam Fellowships Program is a partnership between the Canadian Studies Center and the Killam Fellowships Program, Ottawa. The partnership provides up to two fellowships annually for University of Washington undergraduate students. In 2009-10 Ivy Gooch, Foster School of Business and Gregory Johnson, International Studies were awarded a Killam Fellowship.

The Canadian Studies Center and Killam Foundation have an Memorandum of Understanding that provides up to two full academic year fellowships annually for UW students to study at a Canadian institution. Students from any school or department may apply. The award includes $10,000 US for a full academic year in Canada plus other benefits. Modeled much like the Fulbright award, the fellowship includes a fall orientation in Ottawa, Canada, a spring seminar in Washington, DC, and boasts a very active alumni group. Applications for the 2011-12 Killam Fellowship are due 7 January 2011. For more information on the Fellowship, past recipients, or an application form see http://jsis.washington.edu/canada/undergraduate/killam.shtml.

 


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