2018-19 American Postgraduate Award grantees

Jacob Beckey

Jacob Beckey

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Quantum Physics

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Jacob Beckey

Jacob Beckey

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Quantum Physics

Jacob Beckey recently graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a small state-subsidised university in Western PA. An aspiring theoretical physicist, Jacob completed degrees in both physics and mathematics while at Clarion. Hoping to apply these skills while in undergrad, he applied and was selected for an internship that allowed him to research quantum optics for gravitational-wave detection at University of Birmingham. There, he fell in love with the mathematics and physics involved and hoped to return to continue his work. Through the Fulbright Award, Jacob will be obtaining a MRes in Translational Quantum Technology, which will allow him to work with two different research advisers on different projects while also taking graduate courses in quantum physics. This year will greatly prepare Jacob for his PhD work at University of Colorado - Boulder, where he is headed upon returning to the US.

Samantha Berman

Samantha Berman

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Experimental Psychology

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Samantha Berman

Samantha Berman

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Experimental Psychology

Sammy recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University, where she majored in Biology and Environmental Science. As an undergraduate, Sammy led backpacking and canoeing trips for Tufts’ wilderness orientation programme, led a consultant team for “180 Degrees Consulting”, a student-run social impact non-profit, and ran the 2018 Boston Marathon with the Tufts Marathon Team. During college, Sammy spent time working in an environmental consulting firm on projects helping communities prepare for climate change impacts and in a financial firm for socially responsible investing. As a Fulbright-Bristol Award postgraduate student, Sammy will pursue an MSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. Sammy will work closely with both the School of Experimental Psychology and the University’s Cleft Collective, the world’s largest cleft lip and palate research programme, to investigate how people perceive and evaluate facial differences. With this pursuit, Sammy aspires to improve the quality and accessibility of proper psychological care for individuals born with facial differences like cleft lip and/or palate, as a health sciences professional. Sammy has spent many summers as a scuba diving instructor in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, and is excited to find her “sea legs” with Bristol’s dive community.

Hannah Bleecker

Hannah Bleecker

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Wild Animal Biology

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Hannah Bleecker

Hannah Bleecker

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Wild Animal Biology

Hannah Bleecker graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Biological Sciences, specialising in Ecology and Evolution.  Since graduation, she has worked and interned at zoos and related facilities around the United States, including at the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Programme, where she was fortunate enough to work with the Hawaiian crow, which at the time was extinct in the wild. Inspired by her time caring for animals of all kinds, she is now pursuing an MSc in Wild Animal Biology as a Fulbright scholar at the Royal Veterinary College. There, she will study the health and management of populations of captive animals at the RVC and the Zoological Society of London.  While in the UK, she will gain a global perspective on the work zoos do to conserve animal populations, and hopes to use this knowledge to foster partnerships between zoos and other conservation organisations in the US. A keen British literature enthusiast, Hannah looks forward to walking in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and her other favourites.

Hunter Briggs

Hunter Briggs

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Criminology

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Hunter Briggs

Hunter Briggs

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Criminology

Hunter Briggs recently graduated from Oregon State University, where he majored in Ethnic Studies, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary praxis. For the latter half of his undergraduate career, he worked within OSU's Diversity & Cultural Engagement initiative, Integrated Learning for Social Change, where he helped foster the professional capacities of emerging civic leaders and cultivated critical connections between learning, life, art, and culture on and off campus. Hunter was previously a PROMISE Intern for OSU’s Extension Service, serving every county in Oregon, where his team collected stories from agents throughout the state to improve inclusivity and encourage best practices within the organisation. As a Fulbright-University of Leicester Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MSc in Criminology at UoL’s Criminology department, and will look to collaborate with the department’s Centre for Hate Studies in order to support current endeavors and apply his interest in arts-based healing in the UK before returning to the US to work with similarly oriented prison justice networks.

Jasmine Costello

Jasmine Costello

Institute of Education, UCL Postgraduate Award, University College London - Education

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Jasmine Costello

Jasmine Costello

Institute of Education, UCL Postgraduate Award, University College London - Education

Jasmine is excited for the opportunity to advance her teaching practice and explore school improvement strategies in the UK during her Fulbright grant period. During her undergraduate studies, Jasmine leveraged her Political Science classes to uncover how laws and policies shape inequitable distribution of resources, with a specific focus on education systems. Upon graduating, she taught middle school Science in Philadelphia and continued working to advance student growth and achievement as an Impact Manager with City Year Philadelphia. As a Coro Fellow, Jasmine worked on a state-wide team with educational leaders across Pennsylvania, and led a research project to determine highest leverage strategies for increasing equity in Pennsylvania's education system under the Every Student Succeeds Act. She is looking forward to experiencing the rigorous teacher preparation at the Institute of Education and investigating school improvement strategies in the UK. The Fulbright grant will prepare Jasmine to return to the comprehensive school system as a highly-effective educator. She plans to continue pursing a career in educational leadership, and ultimately seeks to better integrate practitioner perspectives into policymaking to further advance school improvement efforts. While in the UK, she can't wait to explore new paths during hiking and backpacking expeditions!

Alex Crockett

Alex Crockett

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award, University of East Anglia - Agriculture and Rural Development

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Alex Crockett

Alex Crockett

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award, University of East Anglia - Agriculture and Rural Development

Alex Crockett developed an interest in addressing food insecurity, education inequality, and healthcare disparities after watching his friends, relatives, and neighbors struggle to make ends meet in his rural hometown. Alex recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Food Science and Political Science. Throughout his undergraduate career, Alex pursued opportunities to combine his interests while preparing for medical school and to gain insight into how sustainable and ethical community development can address inequality in rural communities. Alex’s experiences conducting rural medical camps in the Appalachian Mountains and the Himalayas have reinforced his commitment to serving in rural and medically underserved communities as a cardiologist or general surgeon. As a Fulbright-University of East Anglia Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MA Agriculture and Rural Development in hopes of better understanding how to improve the lives and healthcare outcomes of those in rural communities around the world. After spending most of his life in mountainous communities, Alex looks forward to briefly resting his hiking boots and exploring the flatlands around Norwich.

Adam J. Darisse

Adam J. Darisse

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Medieval Studies

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Adam J. Darisse

Adam J. Darisse

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Medieval Studies

Adam Darisse recently completed an MA in English Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His department awarded him its highest honor, the Alvin S. Ryan Award, for  his MA thesis, a consideration of a diplomatic text that blended historicist and contemporary media studies approaches. While at UMass, Adam has worked as a research assistant, transcribing and glossing poems from a 16th century Scots typescript for a faculty member’s upcoming publication. As a Fulbright-York Award Postgraduate student, he will pursue an MA in Medieval Studies at York’s Center for Medieval Studies. After many years of studying medieval English Literature, Adam looks forward to living in a locale with such a rich medieval legacy.

Alisha Dietzman

Alisha Dietzman

University of St Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Divinity

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Alisha Dietzman

Alisha Dietzman

University of St Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Divinity

Alisha Dietzman received a BA in Humanities and Biblical Studies with honors from Columbia International University and an MFA in Poetry with highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellow. During her graduate studies she served first as a poetry reader, then as the poetry editor of Devil’s Lake. Alisha’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Ploughshares, Nashville Review, Salt Hill, jubilat, Bat City Review, Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. In 2017, she was a semifinalist for Beloit Poetry Journal’s inaugural Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. For part of her undergraduate studies, she was a visiting student at the University of Oxford, which inspired her to pursue further education in the United Kingdom. As a Fulbright-St Andrews Postgraduate Award student, Alisha will combine her background in religious studies and poetry to pursue a PhD at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews’ St Mary’s College of Divinity, where she will complete a dissertation on the works of Geoffrey Hill and Svetlana Alexievich.

Samantha Friedman

Samantha Friedman

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Elon University

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Samantha Friedman

Samantha Friedman

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Elon University

Samantha Friedman, a recent graduate from Elon University, studied History and Special Education. She was a recipient of the Lumen Prize, a prestigious undergraduate research grant awarded by the university. Through the Lumen Prize, Samantha conducted research regarding the potential connections between outdoor learning environments and improved outcomes for students with autism and presented the results at several national conferences. During her time at Elon, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, Hungary, Germany, and Austria. At the University of Strathclyde, Samantha will be pursuing a Master’s in Autism which will be instrumental towards reaching her future career goals of working with individuals with autism in outdoor settings. An avid distance runner, Samantha looks forward to exploring Scotland and other areas of the United Kingdom by foot.

Christian Goodwin

Christian Goodwin

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Public Health

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Christian Goodwin

Christian Goodwin

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Public Health

Christian recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a Distinguished Major in Human Biology. While at the University of Virginia, Christian studied long-term, end-of-life, and geriatric care. In particular, Christian researched dementia care policy and how the employee engagement of nursing assistants affects health outcomes in nursing homes. Christian’s experience teaching communication workshops and his work as a home health aide inspired him to study communication in healthcare. While in Liverpool, he will pursue a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) while working with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute to study the cultural and systemic factors that drive quality palliative care in the UK and how these lessons could be translated to an American context. The opportunity to study public health in the NHS attracted him to the UK. He hopes to use this incredible opportunity to improve end-of-life care in the US as a physician-researcher. When he’s not studying for his MPH, Christian plans on exploring Liverpool’s unique confluence of cultures and clawing his way into a Merseyside derby.

Sydney Harvey

Sydney Harvey

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Philosophy

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Sydney Harvey

Sydney Harvey

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Philosophy

Sydney Harvey is a PhD student of philosophy at the University of Calgary. Her areas of study are philosophy of mind, film and metaphysics. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in philosophy and film from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). As the president of the philosophy department, she founded an award-winning Philosophy in Prison Programme. While completing graduate work in theatre at UMKC, she was awarded a research grant to travel to Scandinavia to study the connection between feminism, existentialism and modern art. She plans to engage in British culture through creative experience. Sydney often performs stand-up comedy and intends to perform open mic at comedy clubs in England. She intends to put her knowledge of film festivals to work as a volunteer at the BFI London Film Festival. Sydney is thrilled to have the unique opportunity to study philosophy and art equally in an interdisciplinary Master’s programme. During her time at Warwick, she intends to complete a series of short films experimenting with the emotional effects of timing and sound.

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Medieval History

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Madeline Hernstrom-Hill

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Medieval History

Madeline Hernstrom-Hill is an alumna of Allegheny College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with majors in History and English and minors in Classical Studies and Medieval Renaissance Studies. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, and an active participant in politics on her campus. As an undergraduate, Madeline pursued independent research in medieval studies and was granted an Andrew W. Mellon Grant for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, to study the management of the woman’s sexual body in medieval medical and religious discourse. She is also a fiction writer and was awarded the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for her short story “The Church of the Reformed Eden.” As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leeds she will study the lives in women in the Crusading Era at the University’s Medieval Institute. She is eager to study in a country with such a rich medieval legacy and hopes to spend time exploring the North Yorkshire Moors.

Ryan Herold

Ryan Herold

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Biotechnology and Bioenergy

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Ryan Herold

Ryan Herold

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Ryan Herold graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University Brooklyn in 2017, where he majored in Biology, with a concentration in Molecular Biology, and was a member of the Division I Men’s Soccer team. As a sophomore, Ryan was one of fifteen New York City students to be selected as a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow. In addition to performing undergraduate research at his university, Ryan studied abroad in Australia and Indonesia and completed internships at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, the U.S. Dept. of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. After graduating, Ryan spent one month as a visiting researcher at the University of Warwick in the U.K., before returning to NREL for a one-year Post Undergraduate research internship, where he conducted algal biofuel research. As a Fulbright Fellow, Ryan will undertake a MRes. in Biotechnology and Bioenergy at the University of Nottingham. His research will use genetic engineering and directed evolution to produce renewable ethylene gas, the precursor to polyethylene plastic, from CO2 and hydrogen. The project will be done in collaboration with researchers in the U.S., and Ryan plans to actively pursue international research collaborations throughout his career.

Kathryn Hockenbury

Kathryn Hockenbury

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Music

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Kathryn Hockenbury

Kathryn Hockenbury

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Music

Kathryn Hockenbury recently accepted a Fulbright–Bangor University Award, and as a postgraduate student, she will pursue an MRes Music degree at Bangor University. She plans to research the history of Welsh triple harp manufacturers. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Kathryn received a Bachelor's in Music with a minor in Business. During her time as an undergraduate, she was on the Dean's List every semester and received Departmental Honors for her research in music instrument repair. She was recently presented with the Barbara June Kettering Award and graduated Summa Cum Laude. When searching for the best location to complete research in organology, she found the United Kingdom to house a wealth of instrument history. Kathryn intends to use this research opportunity as the foundation towards becoming a curator for an esteemed historical musical instrument collection.

Dhanya Kumar

Dhanya Kumar

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award, Royal Holloway, University of London - Biological Sciences

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Dhanya Kumar

Dhanya Kumar

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award, Royal Holloway, University of London - Biological Sciences

Dhanya Kumar, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018 with a B.S. in Microbiology. During her undergraduate years, Dhanya conducted research on HIV mobile health units at the University of Cape Town's medical school and on the effects of oxidant stress on hematopoietic stem cells at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also pursued an honors thesis on endothelial cell dysfunction on menopausal women and their cardiovascular disease risk. She plans to pursue similar research in her programme at Royal Holloway, University of London. As she served as a national leader for the American Medical Students Association, Dhanya is looking forward to learning more about the National Health Service system of the U.K. She plans to attend medical school following her participation as a Fulbright Scholar. As an avid Boston sports fan, Dhanya is excited to watch the Red Sox play in London in 2019.

Laura Lapidus

Laura Lapidus

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Acting

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Laura Lapidus

Laura Lapidus

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Acting

Laura Lapidus holds a BFA in Acting from The University of Michigan. She graduated a James B. Angell Scholar with highest honors and received the L. Lamont Okey Prize in Theatre Performance. She has since worked as an actor in theatre, film and television in New York and Chicago. In her Fulbright year, Laura will receive a Masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She intends to strengthen her facility as an actor by accessing the foundation of her craft as it lives and breathes in the UK. Through her investigation of the relationship between culture, process and industry, Laura ultimately aspires to challenge the way we see and understand roles for women in performance — both in classical and contemporary worlds.

Alexandra Larsen

Alexandra Larsen

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Global Health

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Alexandra Larsen

Alexandra Larsen

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Global Health

Alexandra Larsen graduated from Baylor University with a major in Neuroscience on the premedical track. During her undergraduate career, she actively volunteered at a local federally-qualified health center, CareNet Pregnancy Center, and Nurse Family Partnership. Through these experiences, she has become passionate about the health of women and children. Alexandra has also traveled twice to rural Kenya on a medical service trip and interned in a tropical disease vaccine laboratory at the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, both of which honed her desire to work in global health. As a recipient of the Fulbright-University of Southampton Award, Alexandra will now pursue a MSc in Global Health in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography. She is excited to live in a port city and to learn from the UK’s successful public health programmes and initiatives. After her Fulbright experience, she plans to attend medical school in pursuit of a career in which she can use her medical and global health training to affect maternal-child health both at home and abroad.

Ari Lewis

Ari Lewis

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - International Film Business

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Ari Lewis

Ari Lewis

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - International Film Business

Ari Lewis recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Cinema and Media Studies, and Communication. She has worked previously at Management 360 as a Talent/Literary Management Intern, and the Disney/ABC Television Group as the Freeform Production Management Intern. As a Fulbright–University of Exeter Award postgraduate student, Ari will pursue a MA in International Film Business at both Exeter and the London Film School. She aims to ultimately become a creative film producer, and create content that expands past the American industry and joins a larger, more transnational film movement.

Yao "Danny" Li

Yao "Danny" Li

University College London Postgraduate Award, UCL - Legal and Political Theory

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Yao "Danny" Li

Yao "Danny" Li

University College London Postgraduate Award, UCL - Legal and Political Theory

Danny Li recently graduated from Columbia with a degree in philosophy and history, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. On campus, Danny served as a representative on the University Judicial Board. Off campus, Danny has instructed over two hundred Rikers Island inmates in philosophy and debate, as part of the Rikers Debate Project. He has also served as the organisation’s Chair of New York Advocacy and contributed to ongoing lobbying efforts in Albany for criminal justice reform. A strong believer that the work of philosophers can be instrumental to social and political change, Danny has focused his studies on issues of egalitarianism in areas of social, political, and moral philosophy. As a student at UCL, he will to continue his research on the normative significance of economic and social inequality, while expanding his areas of specialisation to legal philosophy as well. Danny will attend Yale Law School after his year in London.

Sarah Linder

Sarah Linder

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Conservation of Fine Arts

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Sarah Linder

Sarah Linder

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Conservation of Fine Arts

Sarah Linder recently graduated from Western Kentucky University with a dual degree in Art History and Chemistry. She was a 1906 Founders’ Scholar and Honors Development Grant and Lifetime Experience Grant recipient, which allowed her to study abroad for a semester at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom and then during a summer trip to Vittorio Veneto, Italy. While in Italy, Sarah completed her thesis on the “Perspectives of Italian Fresco: Creation and Conservation.” Through the opportunities provided by Fulbright, she will pursue an MA in Conservation of Fine Arts. Sarah has enjoyed British culture since her first visit at age seven and looks forward to her studies and reuniting with friends that have become family while in the UK.

Kerry Meyer

Kerry Meyer

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Volcanology

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Kerry Meyer

Kerry Meyer

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Volcanology

Kerry Meyer graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College with a BS in Geology, a BA in Russian, and a minor in Anthropology. During her undergraduate career she received various awards and honors including a NASA Space Grant Internship and an internship with the Russian Academy of Science’s Vernadsky Institute. Kerry investigated small volcanic cones on Mars and calderas on Venus during these academic endeavors, the latter of which was completed during her time as a Boren Scholar to Moscow, Russia. At the University of Bristol, Kerry will pursue an MSc in Volcanology. She will focus her studies on volcano hazards in under-developed nations and the potential to improve eruption forecasts through the use of satellite imagery. Her goal is to help prevent unforeseen volcanic disasters in order to mitigate the severe impact they have on the surrounding populace, to include loss of livelihoods and economic strain. Outside of her studies, Kerry is greatly looking forward to absorbing British history and exploring the UK’s countryside - particularly its unique geological sites.

Jessie Moravek

Jessie Moravek

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award, Lancaster University - Environmental Science

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Jessie Moravek

Jessie Moravek

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award, Lancaster University - Environmental Science

Jessie Moravek hails from Saint Charles, Illinois, where she grew up “creek stomping” in the stream near her house. She continues to creek stomp, but now in the name of science. After graduating with honors from Northwestern University with degrees in Environmental Science and Biology, Jessie has spent the last two years studying aquatic ecology in the Nepal Himalaya. Her research in Nepal involves baseline biodiversity surveys as well as how to balance local development with biological conservation in Nepal’s rivers and wetlands. Jessie’s work in Nepal has also included using non-invasive biological sampling (scat sampling) to genetically screen for disease in street dogs and local wildlife in Kathmandu. As a Fulbright-Lancaster University Award postgraduate student, she will study for her MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity. As Jessie builds her expertise in aquatic ecology, she plans to study how environment and people interact across the globe, and how to best conserve global natural resources for years to come. A long-time classical musician, Jessie also looks forward to participating in the university orchestra.

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance, Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Dance

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Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance, Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Dance

Oluwaseun Olayiwola is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies. While at UT, he was a recipient of the University Co-Op George H. Mitchell Award for his choreographic research entitled “A Triptych of Choreographic Experiments Understanding and Interrogating Identity.” During his college career, he was fortunate to have worked with choreographers such as Charles O. Anderson, Sidra Bell, Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy, Jenn Freeman and more. He has been a guest teacher at many schools within the greater Austin area and presented work in many venues across the University of Texas, Museum of Human Achievement, and the American College Dance Association. As a Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award in Music & Dance postgraduate scholar, he is most excited to continue bridging his interests in choreography and dance education in the greater London area, specifically with British Nigerian communities. Using choreography as a dynamic tool, Olayiwola hopes to return to the US to create experimental dance works and advocating for the arts in underrepresented communities.

Philip Palios

Philip Palios

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Environment, Culture and Communication

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Philip Palios

Philip Palios

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Environment, Culture and Communication

Philip Palios will undertake advanced study at the intersection of the humanities and the environment while pursuing a MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communication at the University of Glasgow. After nearly a decade of experience in software engineering, his concern about global warming led him to complete a BA in Culture, Literature and the Arts at the University of Washington, graduating Magna Cum Laude. His studies included undergraduate research in ecological criticism and travel to Greece and Italy to better understand cultural work’s relationship to prevalent issues of discrimination and economic crises. Studying in the UK is of particular interest to Palios because of the country's successful initiatives to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement as well as its rich literary and artistic culture. He believes that deeper study of the relationship between cultural work and social change in the UK will enhance efforts toward sustainable development in the United States and globally.

Tara Pandeya

Tara Pandeya

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Dance/Choreography

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Tara Pandeya

Tara Pandeya

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Dance/Choreography

Tara Catherine Pandeya is a second-generation dancer, cultural activist, choreographer and bridge-building artist who is dedicated to the promotion of dance from Central Asia. As a principal dancer with Cirque du Soleil, she performed 1,500 shows on 5 continents. In 2015, she became the first Westerner to perform in the National Ensemble of Tajikistan. In 2017, Tara was invited to choreograph the project 'Raqsistan' for Berlin's 'Forecast' Festival, by Rockefeller Foundation's Asian Cultural Council grant to conduct dance research in Pakistan and in collaboration with UNESCO at Dushanbe's Opera House. Her work has been featured in articles in the New York Times & in ‘Dance Magazine’. She is eager to conduct research and create new dance productions through the Dance Anthropology Department at Roehampton University this year.

Miranda Rosen

Miranda Rosen

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award, University of Sussex - Contemporary History

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Miranda Rosen

Miranda Rosen

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award, University of Sussex - Contemporary History

Miranda Rosen recently graduated from Princeton University, where she majored in History and minored in European Cultural Studies and Judaic Studies. In 2017, Miranda was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. Miranda has interned previously at the World Bank, the Congressional Research Service, the Anti-Defamation League, and the office of former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. As a Fulbright-University of Sussex postgraduate student, she will pursue an MA in Contemporary History, focusing on women's rights in North America and Europe. A former member of the Princeton Sailing Team, Miranda is excited to continue her passion for the sport in Brighton, and is looking forward to taking part in the city's vibrant activist culture as well.

Sasha Safonova

Sasha Safonova

Durham University Postgraduate Award, Durham University - Physics

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Sasha Safonova

Sasha Safonova

Durham University Postgraduate Award, Durham University - Physics

Sasha Safonova recently graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in physics. In her undergraduate years, she worked on nine research projects in astrophysics, cosmology, and biophysics. She has had the chance to intern in research positions at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Steward Observatory through the NASA Space Grant Programme. During her first research project in cosmology, Sasha became a member of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, an international collaboration of cosmologists constructing an experiment in pursuit of understanding the physics behind the accelerating expansion of the Universe. As a Fulbright postgraduate student in Durham University's MSc by Research in Physics programme, Sasha will create collections of simulated galaxy properties for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument. She chose Durham as her Fulbright destination for its world-renowned expertise in computational cosmology. She hopes to continue her work in cosmology, building on her Fulbright experience when she writes her PhD thesis in astrophysics at Yale University.

Nabi Sahak

Nabi Sahak

King's College London Postgraduate Award, KCL - War Studies

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Nabi Sahak

Nabi Sahak

King's College London Postgraduate Award, KCL - War Studies

Nabi Sahak is a recent winner of the Rotary Foundation Global Peace Fellowship which helped him earn his MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. As part of his MA thesis, Nabi conducted field research in Afghanistan and Pakistan where he interviewed many senior politicians, including Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan. As an undergraduate, Nabi earned a BA (magna cum laude) from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR) at the George Mason University, the United States. Nabi Sahak speaks five South and Central Asian languages, and has previously worked as a BBC Reporter for five years. Nabi is an avid traveler and has so far been to 42 countries in five continents. As a Fulbright Postgraduate Award winner, he will pursue a PhD with the research focus on Afghanistan’s intractable conflict at the War Studies Department of King’s College London. After completing his PhD, Nabi intends to dedicate his life to teaching at an academic institution.

Julian Schneider

Julian Schneider

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - Law

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Julian Schneider

Julian Schneider

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - Law

Julian Schneider recently graduated from Haverford College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. He won the Harold P. Kurzman Award for "perform[ing] the best and most creatively in political science coursework." As an undergraduate, he interned for former Congressman Van Hollen’s office and for Van Hollen’s successful senate campaign. He was awarded a Center for Peace and Global Citizenship Grant to work in refugee camps across Hungary. During that time, Julian developed an initiative to coordinate NGOs that was later expanded and funded by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. After Haverford, he was awarded a Central European University Master’s scholarship, which fully funded his MA in Nationalism Studies, while he continued his work with refugees. As a Fulbright-University of Kent Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an LLM in Law, studying the adjudication of conflicts between EU law and member state law. He will also volunteer with the Kent Refugee Action Network. After his Fulbright, Julian will pursue his JD at Stanford Law School.

Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters

Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters

University of Reading Postgraduate Award, University of Reading - Environment and Development

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Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters

Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters

University of Reading Postgraduate Award, University of Reading - Environment and Development

Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters graduated from Eckerd College, where she built upon traditional indigenous teachings of stewardship and conservation to obtain a BA in Environmental Studies and several Project WILD certifications. Her academic interests include sustainability, food sovereignty, and green infrastructure. She currently serves on the education and marketing teams for the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association in addition to working for the University of Vermont Extension's Watershed Alliance. Lina is also proud to represent the Elnu Abenaki Tribe as a 2018 Fulbright Scholar, where beginning this fall, she will attend the University of Reading to obtain her Master's degree. She hopes to utilise her time in the UK to research the Wabanaki Confederacy's methodology for combating food insecurity in their respective Native American communities.

Yasmine Seghir

Yasmine Seghir

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

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Yasmine Seghir

Yasmine Seghir

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

Yasmine Seghir recently graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Political Science, and originally hails from Winchendon, Massachusetts. While at Vassar she was president of the Middle East and North African Students' Alliance, conducted extensive academic research in Postcolonial Theory, and interned at a grassroots organisation in the Hudson Valley fighting for structural changes in utility and immigrant justice. She is excited to continue her studies in the UK (the academic hub of postcolonial/de-colonial theories), and to become involved with local organising campaigns to enact change. At Aberystwyth she will primarily study Critical and De-colonial approaches to International Relations, focusing on intertwined issues of colonialism, empire, race, and gender. The Fulbright partnership programme at Aberystwyth will allow her to deepen her understanding of these issues in preparation for a PhD in Political Science upon returning to the US.

Soleil Shah

Soleil Shah

London School of Economics Postgraduate Award, London School of Economics and Political Science - International Health Policy

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Soleil Shah

Soleil Shah

London School of Economics Postgraduate Award, London School of Economics and Political Science - International Health Policy

Soleil Shah graduated summa cum laude with a full-tuition merit scholarship from University of Richmond, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Healthcare Studies. A winner of the CJ Gray Award for outstanding senior, he conducted research in the chemistry and political science departments at University of Richmond, as well as the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, authoring multiple publications. He volunteered as a health insurance counselor in inner-city Richmond and founded U MatteR, a programme seeking to expand mental health resources to college students in Virginia. After graduating college, he worked as an analyst for the Advisory Board Company, where he led a pro bono consulting project to help a free health clinic expand its operations to more uninsured patients in its community. As a Fulbright-London School of Economics Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MSc in International Health Policy before attending the Stanford University School of Medicine in the fall of 2019. He hopes to use his Fulbright to gain firsthand exposure to the NHS and various European health care systems in an effort to develop strategies to improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in the U.S. and across the world.

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) - European Defense Policy

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Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) - European Defense Policy

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee is conducting research on the impact of Brexit on European defense policy while based at Chatham House in London and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. After graduating from the George Washington University’s (GWU) Elliott School of International Affairs, she worked for three years in Washington, D.C.’s think tank community at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the Center for a New American Security. Michelle interned at the Pentagon for four years during college and was inspired to return to the UK after studying abroad at the University of Cambridge. She is actively involved with the organisation Women in International Security (WIIS), having founded and served as president of WIIS-GWU, and currently serving as president of WIIS-DC. An avid follower of British politics, Michelle hopes to watch a session of Prime Minister’s Questions from the public gallery instead of listening to live recordings during her commute to work.

Lee Sims

Lee Sims

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Epidemiology

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Lee Sims

Lee Sims

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Epidemiology

Lee Sims is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville, where he attained a Masters of Engineering in Bioengineering. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate career, Lee actively participated in drug delivery research, focusing on the application of polymeric nanoparticles to treat gynecologic and ophthalmic cancers. Upon completing his degree, Lee has authored a total of nine scientific publications, for six of which he was first author. As a graduating M.Eng student, he was also the recipient of the Speed Engineering School Bennett M. Brigman Award, which is given to a graduating M.Eng student who most attains the objectives of the school. Outside of the lab, Lee remained engaged with the community. As an undergraduate, he was involved in rejuvenating the local chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and helped establish an ongoing partnership with a local non-profit medical device supplier. More recently, Lee has worked as a healthcare advocate with UofL's School of Medicine, promoting inclusive health curriculum as a way to address current disparities in healthcare. Lee has also worked as an HIV counselor and testing specialist with Volunteers of America.  As a Fulbright graduate student, Lee will be pursuing an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at Imperial College London and is excited to learn how to apply his training as an engineer in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. A possible focus that Lee would like to pursue is the application of statistical regression analysis and math modeling to investigate how various social factors impact the spread of HIV. Ultimately, Lee hopes to study how different social determinants of health - such as LGBTQ identities, inadequate healthcare systems, and community engagement and social integration - impacts the spread of infectious diseases.

Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Public Health

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Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Public Health

Jesse Smith recently graduated from Mississippi State University, where he majored in Biological Engineering. He began his research career in a neurobiology internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center and divided the remainder of his undergraduate time among multiple projects studying traumatic brain injury. He served in leadership roles of various campus organisations; he also co-founded Gift of Life Marrow Registry and Sigma Phi Epsilon, a medical volunteer organisation and a social organisation, on his campus. Jesse has previously studied in Munich, Germany for a summer and has volunteered in Central America since high school, most recently as a public health volunteer through Global Medical Brigades. While a Fulbright–Cardiff University Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MPH at Cardiff University in conjunction with the UK's DECIPHer Institute. He aims to develop an academic understanding of mental public health issues that will inform his research career; he looks forward to finding nuances in cultural perspectives that will impact the rest of his life.

Ashley Jacklyn So

Ashley Jacklyn So

UCL Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Management

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Ashley Jacklyn So

Ashley Jacklyn So

UCL Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Management

Ashley So is a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai planning to pursue a career in anesthesiology. Over the past ten years, she has conducted research in device development for liver transplantation, Huntington’s disease, and geriatric anesthesiology. She has presented and published her work across the country, including a cover feature in the journal ‘Liver Transplantation,’ and has achieved national recognition for her research. Drawing upon these experiences and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, she plans to build a company around mobile healthcare applications. As a Fulbright-University College London (UCL) postgraduate student, Ashley will pursue an MSc Entrepreneurship with a specialisation in Healthcare. She plans to collaborate with medical professionals at UCL Hospitals to develop accessible technologies to empower patients and guide decision-making for physicians in the perioperative realm. Ashley hopes to gain a broader perspective of the delivery of medical care across the globe and connect with the local communities by teaching young people how to deliver CPR and first aid as a volunteer with Streetdoctors.

Katie Thornton

Katie Thornton

National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, University of Bath, University of York - Multimedia Storytelling, History, Land Use, Technology

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Katie Thornton

Katie Thornton

National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, University of Bath, University of York - Multimedia Storytelling, History, Land Use, Technology

Katie Thornton is a Minneapolis-based radio journalist and cemetery historian. She holds a B.A. in History from Oberlin College, has supported history initiatives and educational programmes at multiple cemeteries, and has worked with media outlets including American Public Media and the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radio Stations. As a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow she will travel to the UK and Singapore to produce “Death in the Digital Age,” a podcast and multimedia project exploring the relevance of cemeteries in an era when land is strained, communities are physically distant, and digital documentation is pervasive. She will also use writing, visuals and social media to share the stories of those working at the intersection of land use, public memory and technology. Katie selected the UK and Singapore for their positions as multicultural, digitally-connected, island nations where land limitations and digital memory have already precipitated major changes in memorial landscapes. She will collaborate with academics, community archivists, cemetery staff, urban planners, technologists, and more. She hopes to inspire creative conversation about how and where we remember.

Nicholas Twiner

Nicholas Twiner

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - Linguistics

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Nicholas Twiner

Nicholas Twiner

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - Linguistics

Nicholas Twiner recently graduated from the University of Georgia where he completed bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics, Classical Languages, and Classical Culture. He was recently named the UGA outstanding undergraduate in the humanities for his senior thesis which focused on the syntax of indirect objects in Southern American English. Nicholas also has current research projects on German passive constructions, and the syntax of reflexive pronouns. He was named a Crane Scholar, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and served as the president of the local chapter of Eta Sigma Phi. As a Fulbright—Queen Mary, University of London Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MA in Linguistics hoping to further investigate the connections between language generation, variation, and social factors. Building on the research and study funded by this Fulbright, Nicholas will return to the United States for a PhD in Linguistics at Stanford University. He is very excited to explore London, with its linguistic, cultural, and culinary diversity.

Krithika Varagur

Krithika Varagur

SOAS University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS University of London - Religion in Global Politics

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Krithika Varagur

Krithika Varagur

SOAS University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS University of London - Religion in Global Politics

Krithika Varagur is a writer and journalist. She grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Harvard. She lived in Indonesia from 2016-2018, from where she wrote for The Guardian, The Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and more. She has reported from eight countries and her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, and the Amtrak Writer Residency. While reporting in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, she became interested in Gulf investments and the global Salafi movement, which she plans to study in-depth at SOAS, the world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. An ardent fan of precipitation, Krithika looks forward to living in London.

Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Welsh and Celtic Studies

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Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Welsh and Celtic Studies

Emma Watkins recently graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she majored in English, with certificates in Theatre, Music Theatre and Environmental Studies. With the support of research grants, Emma spent summer 2017 in Wales researching Celtic folksong and storytelling, culminating in her senior thesis, an original musical play titled Trailing Rhiannon. The play, a feminist reimagining of one of Welsh mythology’s most outspoken female protagonists, was produced by the Lewis Center for the Arts in May 2018. Princeton University awarded Emma the Alan Downer Thesis Prize and the Music Theatre Award, both for a creative thesis of outstanding merit, as well as an Environmental Studies Book Prize for the Humanities. As a Fulbright Scholar, Emma will pursue a Masters in Welsh and Celtic Studies at Cardiff University, where she will continue her study and creative engagement with Welsh culture, focusing on feminist and environmentalist revivals of mythology in contemporary storytelling performances. In addition to her playwriting, Emma enjoys hiking, choral singing and watching performances of all kinds.

Rory Wilson

Rory Wilson

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Philosophy

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Rory Wilson

Rory Wilson

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Philosophy

Rory Wilson recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he majored in Philosophy while working in various student activist groups, which ultimately earned his Kidder Award for LGBTQ+ advocacy from the institution. His activist work inspired his undergraduate research with McNair Scholars Programme which focused on the ethics of using the incorrect pronouns for transgender individuals. Looking ahead to Fulbright he hopes to continue pursuing questions around language and social identity or who we are and how we talk about it, in addition to a master's degree. His research is not the only way Wilson seeks to investigate how philosophy can contribute to social justice. He also intends to work with the organisations of LGBT Sheffield to continue to educate on the LGBTQ+ community through personal narrative and with Philosophy in the City, where he will offer lessons in philosophy to those whose who may not otherwise have access. He looks forward to carrying what he has learned in Sheffield into his PhD, but in the meantime will enjoy a few shows at the local theaters.

Sophie Wix

Sophie Wix

Cambridge Trust Postgraduate Award, University of Cambridge Medical Science

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Sophie Wix

Sophie Wix

Cambridge Trust Postgraduate Award, University of Cambridge Medical Science

Sophie Wix recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Sciences from the University of Southern California. She was honored as one of ten Global Scholars at USC, the University’s highest honor recognising international studies, for her research at Cambridge investigating the human microbiome and its influence on cancer progression. Because of her transformative experience abroad, Sophie felt strongly about returning to Cambridge to further her studies in cancer care. As a Fulbright-Cambridge Trust Award recipient, Sophie will pursue an MPhil in Medical Science at Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute under the world’s leading breast cancer scientist, Dr. Carlos Caldas. Her project focuses on the molecular characterisation of breast cancer subtypes that could revolutionise how patients, scientists, and physicians diagnose and treat cancer. At Cambridge, she also looks forward to singing in her college choir and playing music for patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as part of their art-therapy programme. Sophie is the first Trojan in USC history to be awarded the Fulbright to the U.K.

Erin Wright

Erin Wright

University of Newcastle Postgraduate Award, University of Newcastle - Energy

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Erin Wright

Erin Wright

University of Newcastle Postgraduate Award, University of Newcastle - Energy

Erin Wright recently graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. At the academy, her time was divided between academics, military training, and sailing. She interned at Sandia National Laboratories in a Brayton Cycle Laboratory, where she helped model a system that converts solar power to electrical energy. Her senior project was on reverse osmosis desalination and her team successfully designed and built a small scale unit. As a Fulbright postgraduate student, Erin will pursue a MPhil in Energy at Newcastle University. Her Fulbright research project will be on the biofuel combustion process in diesel engines with the goal to reduce emission levels. Upon her return, she plans to help develop policies relating to the use and implementation of sustainable technology in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. maritime community. As this is her first visit to Europe, Erin looks forward to exploring the culture, history, and architecture throughout the UK.

Austin Wyant

Austin Wyant

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Health Psychology

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Austin Wyant

Austin Wyant

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Health Psychology

Austin Wyant, an Odessa, FL native, recently graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, minoring in Chemistry and Psychology. As an undergraduate, he was a baritone player in the Marching Chiefs, a hotline crisis counselor at 2-1-1 Big Bend, and a mentor in the Pre-Medical American Medical Student Association. He received numerous honors including the Hearn Family Scholarship, the Jerome Osteryoung Excellence in Counseling Award, and induction into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. As an aspiring physician, Austin is interested in researching how physicians can best motivate patients to adopt and maintain healthy diets and exercise regimens. He chose to study at the University of Stirling because this research has implications for public health, not just in the U.S. but, in the U.K. as well. After graduating with a Master of Science in Health Psychology, Austin will enter the M.D. programme at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Faye Zhang

Faye Zhang

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award, University of Manchester - Visual Anthropology

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Faye Zhang

Faye Zhang

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award, University of Manchester - Visual Anthropology

Faye Yan Zhang was born in a steelworking town in China, raised in the American midwest, and schooled in Boston at Harvard University. Prior to college, she was a Corps Member for City Year Americorps in Columbus, Ohio. In college, she lived in a 32-person cooperative house and studied English and visual arts. She was an artist for the Harvard Lampoon and a writer for the Harvard Advocate, among other activities. In 2017-2018, she was a Humanities Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, as well as a fellow at the Smithsonian Folkways in Washington, D.C. Trained as a nonfiction writer and comics artist, she will use her research and creative skills to complete a project on Chinese healthcare under the guidance of the Visual Anthropology programme at the University of Manchester.