American Fulbright Postgraduate Award Grantees

Iman AbdoulKarim

Iman AbdoulKarim

Cardiff University Award - Islamic Studies

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Iman AbdoulKarim

Iman AbdoulKarim

Cardiff University Award - Islamic Studies

Iman AbdoulKarim recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Anthropology. As a part of her honors thesis, Iman conducted research on Muslim women in the Black Lives Matter movement and Islamophobia. As an undergraduate, Iman volunteered as a Tucker Fellow in Antigua, Guatemala and studied Women’s and Gender Studies in India at the University of Hyderabad.

Until recently, Iman served as the Managing Editor of Azizah Magazine, the only Muslim women’s lifestyle magazine in the United States with over 60,000 subscribers whose mission is to combat one-dimensional constructions of Muslim women as silenced, uneducated, and oppressed.

As a Fulbright graduate student, she will pursue an MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain at Cardiff University. After over a decade of cheerleading at the collegiate and competitive level, Iman is looking forward to trading in her pom-poms for a camera and taking advantage of Wale’s majestic scenery to sharpen her photography skills.

Zainab Ali

Zainab Ali

University of Reading Award - Applied Meteorology

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Zainab Ali

Zainab Ali

University of Reading Award - Applied Meteorology

Zainab Ali recently graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she majored in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology with a minor in Physics. As an undergraduate, Zainab was fortunate to receive a number of scholarships, including the American Meteorological Society Named Scholarship and NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Scholarship.

Zainab’s academic aims for her Fulbright grant period include earning her MSc in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading. Upon completing her MSc in Applied Meteorology, Zainab looks forward to entering the field as an operational weather forecaster.

In the future, Zainab also wants to partake in safety campaigns and emergency management to help promote severe weather safety to the public. Zainab is adamant that with the help of the Fulbright grant she will be able to achieve her goals and aspirations, to not only obtain her Master’s degree, but to also travel abroad and experience different cultures and meet new people.

Roman Baca

Roman Baca

Trinity Laban Award in Music & Dance - Choreography

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Roman Baca

Roman Baca

Trinity Laban Award in Music & Dance - Choreography

Roman Baca is a classical ballet dancer who served in Fallujah, Iraq as a United States Marine. He graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of California where he majored in Performing Arts and is taking a leave of absence from Columbia University where he is a Masters Candidate in Nonprofit Management.

In 2007, he co-founded Exit12 Dance Company to tell veteran’s stories, choreographically, to heal the world. His work has been presented recently at the National Summit for Art and Health in the Military, the Mayo Clinic’s Humanities in Healthcare Symposium, and at Lincoln Center’s Veteran Home Show. He has also connected military veterans, victims of war, and civilians through innovative choreographic workshops.

As a Fulbright-Trinity Laban Award postgraduate student he will pursue an MFA in Choreography at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. While at Trinity Laban he will choreograph a work to Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, collaborating with dancers, musicians, artists, and military veterans. He will also research other organisations that are connecting military veterans and the performing arts.

Kaela Bamberger

Kaela Bamberger

Aberystwyth University Award - International Relations

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Kaela Bamberger

Kaela Bamberger

Aberystwyth University Award - International Relations

After graduating from Ithaca College in New York, Kaela Bamberger took her interest in international politics to Washington DC where she thought she would find some answers about how the world works. In DC she worked for award winning journalist Naomi Klein, as well as the Institute for Policy Studies and its sister organisation Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

During this time she became more interested in how power shapes knowledge in the US and internationally. She started to research where she could pursue the politics of knowledge and postcolonial studies; it became clear that Aberystwyth was uniquely equipped to accommodate her interests.

Kaela has a long history as an activist. She plans to integrate her future of breaking down barriers in the discipline of International Relations with a desire to communicate accessibly about her research and write scathingly about the state of international affairs. During the summer before her Fulbright, she worked for the news magazine In These Times. Her journalistic work has appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Outside of her professional life, Kaela is slightly obsessed with biking.

Jonathan Boualavong

Jonathan Boualavong

University of Strathclyde Award - Chemical Engineering

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Jonathan Boualavong

Jonathan Boualavong

University of Strathclyde Award - Chemical Engineering

Jonathan Boualavong is a recent graduate from the University of Rochester, where he obtained a BS in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he conducted various research projects spanning electrochemical sensors and bioremediation of environmental pollutants.

Through his university's Take Five program, he studied the relationship between stories, learning, and the stigmas surrounding illness. He has since incorporated his findings into his artwork, creating paintings and illustrations focused on combating the stigmas surrounding mental illness, some of which are now used by the university's mental health resource.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he will assist in Scotland's environmental sustainability emphasis, researching industrial-scale energy-efficient methods of recovering copper from circuit board manufacturing waste. Upon return to the US, he will continue to research waste treatment in a PhD in Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

R. Timothy Brady

R. Timothy Brady

Durham University Award - Greece, Rome, and the Near East

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R. Timothy Brady

R. Timothy Brady

Durham University Award - Greece, Rome, and the Near East

R. Timothy Brady recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he majored in Classical Languages and studied Arabic. His department awarded him its highest honour, the Award for Excellence. Previously he lived in Iraq, where he participated in local development projects.

As a Fulbright-Durham postgraduate student, he will pursue an MA Greece, Rome, and the Near East within Durham University's Department of Classics and Ancient History. His time in Iraq led him to his current research interests: examining the nexus of the Classics and the Ancient Near East.

The Fulbright-Durham postgraduate award will allow him to pursue this unified course of study, which has no parallel at other universities around the world. After furling the sails of his sailboat Lyra in Boston Harbor, Timothy looks forward to participating in Durham’s thriving rowing and CrossFit communities.

Brook Byrd

Brook Byrd

University of Liverpool Award - Radiotherapy

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Brook Byrd

Brook Byrd

University of Liverpool Award - Radiotherapy

Brook Byrd hopes to pursue a career in Medical Physics. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics at Christopher Newport University, she will be pursuing a Masters degree in Radiotherapy at the University of Liverpool.

England's government firmly supports efforts for the UK to become a world-leader in fighting cancer, and Byrd's excited to be involved in this well-funded and quickly developing cancer research effort. In collaboration with the School of Health Sciences, she hopes to develop a 3D immersive environment for clinical radiotherapy image registration and structure outlining.

Through pursuing a Fulbright fellowship, Byrd hopes to be an advocate for international scholarship and collaboration for the progression of science.

Anthonia Carter

Anthonia Carter

Northumbria University Award - MA Multidisciplinary Innovation

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Anthonia Carter

Anthonia Carter

Northumbria University Award - MA Multidisciplinary Innovation

Anthonia Carter, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 with a BFA degree in Art Studio after graduating in 2015 with BS and MS degrees in Mathematics.

Her research occupies the critical space where art, science, and technology intersect. In 2016, Anthonia exhibited her solo art installation "Intersection" in Birmingham, Alabama. In "Intersection," she explored mathematical and metaphorical ideas of an intersection while drawing with lines in three-dimensional space. Anthonia is excited to build upon her transdisciplinary research as a Fulbright Scholar studying Multidisciplinary Innovation at Northumbria University.

While in the United Kingdom, Anthonia will host web design and coding workshops for youth and use her art as a catalyst for cultural exchange. Her vision is to help others illustrate, conceptualise, innovate, and create. Her ultimate goal is to open a transdisciplinary community centre for youth.

 

Daria Chernysheva

Daria Chernysheva

University of Warwick Award - Literary Translation Studies

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Daria Chernysheva

Daria Chernysheva

University of Warwick Award - Literary Translation Studies

Daria Chernysheva graduated from Amherst College, where she was the recipient of the G. Armour Craig Award for Prose Composition as well as the Ralph Waldo Rice Prize, awarded for her honours dissertation. In 2016, she translated a nineteenth-century Russian travel memoir for a series issued by Amherst College Press. Her essay, “Transplacing Ophelia: Woman and Nation in the Earliest Russian Hamlets,” is to be published in the academic journal Comparative Drama in July 2017.

Having recently completed a year as a language assistant at the University of Burgundy, Daria will continue her immersion in languages and translation as part of her Fulbright year. She is eager to benefit from the unique interdisciplinary opportunities at her host institution in the UK and to pursue her interest in historical and contemporary attitudes towards language.

As part of her Master’s program, Daria will practice translation, especially poetic translation, and study its theory. In examining how identities, both personal and national, change in relation to language, she hopes to come to better understand a fluid and multilingual world.

Yeshwant Chillakuru

Yeshwant Chillakuru

UCL Entrepreneurship Award - Entrepreneurship

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Yeshwant Chillakuru

Yeshwant Chillakuru

UCL Entrepreneurship Award - Entrepreneurship

Yeshwant Chillakuru, of Hockessin, Delaware, graduated from The George Washington University in 2017 with a B.S. in Economics and Biology in their 7 Year B.A./M.D. program.

Following his freshman year, Yeshwant studied Preventative Medicine and Exercise at the University of Exeter through the Fulbright UKSI. He combined this experience with his love of running to start DreamRun, a run-tracking app that allows runners to raise money for every mile they run to a charity of their choosing. Through this work, Yeshwant became a fellow of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit that supports young social entrepreneurs and their ventures. During his brief time at Exeter, he wished he could better understand how startups and healthcare companies grow within the NHS.

While at UCL, Yeshwant will pursue research and development in healthcare, focusing on the intersection of health, technology, and social entrepreneurship. In his free time, Yeshwant loves to run, read, and bike. After running the Boston Marathon, Yeshwant hopes to run the London Marathon, as well as go mountain and cyclocross biking in the UK countryside

Adam Costa

Adam Costa

University of Manchester Award - Politics

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Adam Costa

Adam Costa

University of Manchester Award - Politics

Adam Costa, of Rochester, Massachusetts, graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2017, where he earned a BA in Political Science. In his sophomore year, he co-founded a policy institute called Sociology, Politics, and Conversation, and organised a service trip to educate high school students about local civic engagement opportunities. While serving as President and founder of the Honours Student Congress, he provided academic and social support for his peers.

Adam was fortunate to work with the Massachusetts State Delegation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention with the Washington Center. He later became a public policy intern with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and received academic credit as a constituent services intern with the Boston office of Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Adam, who graduated as a Commonwealth Honours Student, will use the Fulbright award to earn a Taught Master’s degree in Politics at the University of Manchester. Adam is excited to continue the research he started with his honours thesis by undertaking a comparative programme analysis focusing on the youth violence reduction programmes implemented in Manchester, U.K., and Massachusetts.

Brian Cully

Brian Cully

University of Southampton Award - Sustainable Energy Technologies

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Brian Cully

Brian Cully

University of Southampton Award - Sustainable Energy Technologies

Brian Cully recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a commission as a submarine officer. He majored in aerospace engineering and was named a Trident Scholar, the Naval Academy’s highest academic distinction.

During his senior year, he conducted independent, Master’s-level research on the performance and wake structure of scalloped helicopter blades, which culminated in a written thesis and journal publication. Brian's time in Annapolis featured internships at Naval Sea Systems Command and Sandia National Laboratory, as well as visits abroad to foreign armed forces in Israel and Germany.

At the University of Southampton, he will pursue an MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies. Brian intends to capitalise on the strong naval presence in Southampton and neighbouring Portsmouth as he focuses his studies on sustainable energy’s naval applications. With this experience, he plans to enter the US Fleet as a leader in the global effort toward renewable resources. A native of Southern California, Brian also looks forward to participating in the sport and coastal activities in Southampton.

Sara Dada

Sara Dada

Royal Veterinary College Award - One Health (Infectious Diseases)

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Sara Dada

Sara Dada

Royal Veterinary College Award - One Health (Infectious Diseases)

Sara Dada recently graduated with highest honours from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she majored in Public Policy and minored in Economics. As a student at Georgia Tech, Sara was heavily involved inside and outside of the classroom, working to make campus-wide improvements and serving the student body through the Student Government Association and other organisations.

Sara was also awarded the University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar Award. She has previously interned with Coca-Cola, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Deloitte Consulting’s Federal practice, giving her a wide range of experience and exposure to the relationships between the public and private sector. Throughout her undergraduate career, Sara pursued various research opportunities in to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of public health through fields such as industrial engineering, history, and policy.

As a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, she will pursue an MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases) at the Royal Veterinary College. Sara is looking forward to exploring the history of London and being able to study public health from a global perspective.

Geraldine Datuin

Geraldine Datuin

University of Exeter Award - Conservation and Biodiversity

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Geraldine Datuin

Geraldine Datuin

University of Exeter Award - Conservation and Biodiversity

Geraldine Datuin graduated with a BA in Anthropology at the University of Guam. A President’s Scholar, she has received awards to visit Bali, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. An experienced field-worker, Gera volunteered for AmeriCorps as a Forestry Aide, and has participated in archaeological excavations in the Philippines for the NGO Save the Ifugao Heritage Movement.

Keen to combine grassroots solutions, policy, and academic scholarship, she is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Conservation and Biodiversity as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Exeter. Gera is interested government-led conservation initiatives in the U.K., as she was previously employed as a policy analyst for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Guam. She currently plays a key role in developing legislation for a conservation-oriented water rate structure for farmers while working for the Guam Department of Agriculture.

Active in the art/music scene in her island home, she looks forward to painting the coastal landscapes of Cornwall and playing bass for a local ska band. She hopes to pursue her PhD in the near future.

Kasey Deems

Kasey Deems

University of East Anglia Award - History

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Kasey Deems

Kasey Deems

University of East Anglia Award - History

A recent graduate of Seattle University, Kasey Deems majored in History and Creative Writing with Departmental Honours, with a minor in Medieval Studies and a University Honours specialisation. During her time at Seattle University, Kasey worked as a Writing Consultant and chaired a student committee at the Writing Center, was Treasurer and President of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and interned for the ADA Compliance division of King County Metro.

As a disabled person herself, Kasey was fascinated by the parallels between the modern and the medieval that she found while researching Henry VI’s catatonic period for her senior history research project, which ultimately won her university’s Arts and Sciences Scholastic Competition in Humanities.

Kasey will spend her Fulbright year studying the cultural perceptions of medieval disability while in the Medieval History MA, and upon her return to the US plans to study for a Ph.D. in History. She is excited to begin working with medieval manuscripts and adjusting her tastes to British tea rather than Seattle coffee.

Micaela Edelson

Micaela Edelson

University of Leeds Award - Environment and Development

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Micaela Edelson

Micaela Edelson

University of Leeds Award - Environment and Development

Micaela Edelson recently graduated summa cum laude from Gettysburg College where she majored in Environmental Studies and Public Policy and minors in Political Science and Peace & Justice Studies.

Her career goal is to advocate for vulnerable populations affected by climate change and other environmental health issues. As an undergraduate, Micaela was awarded a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund her research on pesticide exposure risk faced by migrant farmworkers in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Also through the fellowship, Micaela interned at the EPA Region 10 branch and used GIS-mapping tools to identify areas in which minorities and low-income populations were disproportionately affected by environmental health risks.

Through the Fulbright Scholarship, she will be able to achieve this career goal by researching the impacts of climate change on rural and urban women in Tanzania for her final dissertation in Environment and Development at the University of Leeds.

Dalia Elmelige

Dalia Elmelige

University of Bristol Award - Development and Security

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Dalia Elmelige

Dalia Elmelige

University of Bristol Award - Development and Security

Dalia Elmelige recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in International Studies and a BA in Anthropology. Completing her degrees in three years, she was awarded her university’s prestigious Golden Bull award. This award recognised her work with refugees in Denmark, leadership with Initiatives of Change in Switzerland, ISIS research at the Carter Center, and international religious freedom advocacy in the Department of State.

As a Fulbright scholar she will pursue an MSc in Development and Security. Her research goal is to understand the integration of Muslim refugees in Bristol by analysing the works of NGOs that are currently welcoming refugees in the area. She believes understanding the nuanced dimension of immigrant identity is important toward creating accepting environments internationally.

Elmelige is a dual Egyptian and American citizen with a serious case of wanderlust, a major chocolate addiction, and a love for dancing, swimming, and reading. Having biked constantly during her exchange in Copenhagen, she looks forward to joining the biking culture of Bristol…and indulging in a variety of British chocolate.

Brieanah Gouveia

Brieanah Gouveia

University of Glasgow Award - Art History

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Brieanah Gouveia

Brieanah Gouveia

University of Glasgow Award - Art History

Brieanah Gouveia recently graduated summa cum laude from Roanoke College, where she majored in Art History with a double concentration in Legal Studies and the Ancient & Mediterranean World. Brieanah received numerous scholarships for her studies and extracurricular involvement, including the Fintel Senior Scholarship and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Prize in Art History.

As an undergraduate, she held internships in Washington, D.C. at Quinn’s Auction Galleries and the National Civic Art Society, and worked with the New York nonprofit, Saving Antiquities for Everyone. As a local of Waimea, Hawaii, Brieanah has always valued the preservation of art and cultural heritage.

At the University of Glasgow, she will pursue issues of art crime and law through an MSc in Art History, entitled Collecting and Provenance Studies in an International Context. She looks forward to becoming involved with the University’s Trafficking Culture Project and getting hands on experience in the UK’s art scene.

Isobel Green

Isobel Green

University College London Award - Cognitive Neuroscience

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Isobel Green

Isobel Green

University College London Award - Cognitive Neuroscience

Isobel Green is a newly graduated alumna of Harvard College, where she concentrated in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology. Driven by her interest in the brain basis of mental illness, Isobel made neuroscience research a central part of her undergraduate experience.

She spent two and a half years working in Diego Pizzagalli’s Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience, which seeks to understand neural differences in individuals with mood disorders. Isobel’s honours thesis work used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the brain processes reward in individuals with depressive symptoms.

As a Fulbright-UCL Scholar, Isobel will develop her skills in neuroscience research, with a particular focus on gaining familiarity with advanced neuroimaging methods and computational modelling of brain function. Outside of the laboratory, Isobel is passionate about public service, having served two years as Administrative Director at a student-run homeless shelter. She hopes to continue service during her time in London, working to understand structures in place to combat homelessness (“rough sleeping”) in the UK. Beyond school and service, she hopes to soak up as much British culture as possible, and to find the best fish & chips in London!

Mia Hartley

Mia Hartley

Royal Holloway, University of London Award - Ethnomusicology

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Mia Hartley

Mia Hartley

Royal Holloway, University of London Award - Ethnomusicology

Mia Marlene Hartley, a native of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, is a recent graduate of the Florida State University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. She will attend the University of London, Royal Holloway as a Fulbright Grantee for the 2017-2018 year to pursue her MMus Degree in Ethnomusicology with a specialised study of the initiatives within the arts culture of the U.K. to become more accessible to those with disabilities.

Ms. Hartley has conducted Alzheimer’s disease research as an undergraduate biomedical researcher at the F.S.U. College of Medicine, led the Florida State University Marching Chiefs as a student-elected drum major, and interned at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, where she taught music to students while addressing Individualised Education Programme goals.

The conglomeration of her experiences culminated into a desire to attend law school upon return to the U.S. to learn how to better advocate for the arts and the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, not just within the U.S., but globally, as a government official.

Nina Heyden

Nina Heyden

University of Essex Award - Applied Economics and Data Analysis

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Nina Heyden

Nina Heyden

University of Essex Award - Applied Economics and Data Analysis

Graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Economics from Fordham University in New York City, Nina combines her quantitative strength, design ability, and dedication to social justice as a statistician and data scientist.

Formerly a Social Justice Leader at Fordham, she studied socioeconomic challenges facing underserved in the Bronx and advocated for just immigration policies, food security, and responsible economic development. With data from the United Nations, she created a statistical model for global migration in addition to publishing interactive graphs and maps to offer understanding of recent migration in the context of past trends.

Nina will pursue an MSc in Applied Economics and Data Analysis at the University of Essex. There, she looks forward to collaborating with the Institute for Social and Economic Research to understand how immigration impacts the UK labor market. Nina is eager to contribute analyses of reliable data and to visualise this information to inform community leaders, international organisations, and policymakers as they foster social unity and economic prosperity.

Laiba Husain

Laiba Husain

University of Birmingham Award - Public Health Administration

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Laiba Husain

Laiba Husain

University of Birmingham Award - Public Health Administration

Laiba Husain recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where she majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minored in Business Administration. Her passion for the field of healthcare and medicine has led her to volunteer at a Women’s Healthcare Clinic in India, work at the Ecology centre during her undergrad to bring about local changes in public health policy, work as a research associate at the University of Michigan Health Center, and assist new refugees in the resettlement process with required medical attention.

As a Fulbright Award postgraduate student, she will pursue an MSc Public Health Administration at the University of Birmingham where she will study global public health disparities and explore English administrative patterns of healthcare and how they impact Syrian refugees in Birmingham.

After attending medical school back in the US, Laiba hopes to establish strong connections between communities and health sectors at home and in war-torn countries like Syria and enable them to achieve better physical, mental and social health.

Mark Jahnke

Mark Jahnke

SOAS, University of London Award - Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

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Mark Jahnke

Mark Jahnke

SOAS, University of London Award - Development Studies (Central Asia Pathway)

Mark Jahnke graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations. His undergraduate thesis research focused on Iran's program to address HIV/AIDS in its population of injecting drug users.

After travelling to Tehran and Esfahan, Iran for his research and studying Persian language in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Mark moved to Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with the Republican Center For Health Promotion and several local HIV NGO’s on improving health education and fighting stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS across southern Kyrgyzstan.

As a Fulbright Scholar to the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), Mark is pursuing an MSc in Development Studies in the school’s unique and specialised Central Asia Pathway, where he hopes to decode Central Asia’s unique models of post-Communist economic and social development and their potential application to other developing nations. Mark is a former competitive figure skater, and in his spare time, he enjoys writing about his travels and running marathons.

Yvonne Johnson

Yvonne Johnson

Lancaster University Award - Cyber Security

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Yvonne Johnson

Yvonne Johnson

Lancaster University Award - Cyber Security

Yvonne Johnson graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in English and Computer Science, where she nourished her passions in creative writing and computer security. As an undergraduate, she was inducted as an Affrilachian Poet, served as president of her university’s creative writing club, and was managing poetry and German language editor of the undergraduate literary journal.

She is the recipient of multiple academic scholarships and awards like the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, which she used to take cyber security classes and conduct independent security-related research in German at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. While in Germany, she volunteered in refugee camps and began to learn Arabic. She also studied in Scotland through a Fulbright Summer Institute.

As she is interested in the intersection between the humanities and engineering to solve STEM field problems, Yvonne is excited to pursue Lancaster’s multidisciplinary MSc in Cyber Security. Furthermore, she is looking forward to flex her writing muscles through new experiences and Lancaster’s arts festivals.

 

Shawn Joshi

Shawn Joshi

All-Disciplines Award - Biomedical Engineering

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Shawn Joshi

Shawn Joshi

All-Disciplines Award - Biomedical Engineering

Shawn Joshi is a MD/PhD candidate of Drexel University in Philadelphia. After attaining a dual degree in Biomedical Engineering and Physics at Virginia Commonwealth University, he joined the Peace Corps where he lived in Southern Africa. During his two years of service in a remote, rural village in the mountainous land-locked country of Lesotho, he served as a Maths/Science teacher and community developer. He worked on a variety of projects including solar technology, healthcare, access to water, and even dabbled in mobile app design.

As a Fulbright All-Disciplines Award postgraduate student, he will work on portable neuro-imaging technology geared towards improving the rehabilitation of children with motor learning disabilities. Shawn was drawn to the United Kingdom for its unique and ambitious aims in translating research to deliver evidence based care and innovation to patients. Shawn will be introduced to the international community of neuro-engineering and gain contrasting insight into healthcare. As an avid life-long volunteer and technophile, Shawn aspires to implement technology in the communities he serves, including rural developing areas, the homeless, and the disabled.

Nicole Kennard

Nicole Kennard

University of Newcastle Award - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

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Nicole Kennard

Nicole Kennard

University of Newcastle Award - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Nicole Kennard recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she majored in Materials Science and Engineering. Her department awarded her its outstanding senior award for her high academic achievements. Additionally, Nicole was a Stamps President’s Scholar as an undergraduate, and through this she studied abroad in the Balkans and Peru where she investigated how local culture pertains to sustainable development. Nicole has a passion for eliminating food access issues in urban communities, and has lead several projects to design and build urban farming systems throughout her city to promote local, healthy food.

As a Fulbright–University of Newcastle Award postgraduate student, she will pursue an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security to gain knowledge about large-scale agricultural systems and their environmental and social implications. Nicole is excited to study in the UK to learn from both industry and local government as a benchmark for sustainable development. After obtaining her degree, she plans to return to her hometown to build a resilient model for food security, which she then hopes to scale globally.

Jessica Khaimova

Jessica Khaimova

University of Sussex Award - Astronomy

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Jessica Khaimova

Jessica Khaimova

University of Sussex Award - Astronomy

Jessica Khaimova, of Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2016 with Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental and Atmospheric Science and Fiction Writing. Throughout her undergraduate career, she participated in numerous science research internships.

The most transformative experience for Jessica was at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where, under her college’s Rosen Fellowship, she completed a study on planetary atmospheres that was later published. This reignited her interest in astronomy. Following her college graduation, she completed a summer internship in social media in Tel Aviv and then served as a language assistant and cultural ambassador in Spain for eight months.

As a Fulbright-University of Essex award recipient, Jessica will pursue an MSc in Astronomy to conduct a project on galaxy clusters and strengthen her initiative in science education. She is looking forward to volunteering in public outreach events at Sussex and writing about British female scientists to help bridge cultural and gender gaps in the sciences. Jessica is excited to improve her photography skills during her visits to historic sites in the UK (and Doctor Who filming locations).

Courtney Lau

Courtney Lau

University of Roehampton Award - Dance Philosophy and History

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Courtney Lau

Courtney Lau

University of Roehampton Award - Dance Philosophy and History

Courtney Lau recently graduated from Haverford College, where she studied the History of Art. Interested in the field of performance, she wrote her senior thesis on the politics and temporality of a piece of performance art by the artist William Pope.L. As an undergraduate, she pursued her academic research through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, as well as, through internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a Fulbright-University of Roehampton Award student, she will continue her research in art and performance by completing a MA in Dance Philosophy and History. Ever since studying abroad in London and wandering through the galleries at the Tate Modern, she has been eager to return to the abundance of cultural events in the city.

Aspiring to pursue a PhD in Performance Studies after Fulbright, she hopes this opportunity will expand and deepen her understanding of dance within and beyond her studies.

Ryan Linthicum

Ryan Linthicum

University of St Andrews Award - Film Studies

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Ryan Linthicum

Ryan Linthicum

University of St Andrews Award - Film Studies

Courtney Lau recently graduated from Haverford College, where she studied the History of Art. Interested in the field of performance, she wrote her senior thesis on the politics and temporality of a piece of performance art by the artist William Pope.L.

As an undergraduate, she pursued her academic research through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, as well as, through internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a Fulbright-University of Roehampton Award student, she will continue her research in art and performance by completing a MA in Dance Philosophy and History. Ever since studying abroad in London and wandering through the galleries at the Tate Modern, she has been eager to return to the abundance of cultural events in the city. Aspiring to pursue a PhD in Performance Studies after Fulbright, she hopes this opportunity will expand and deepen her understanding of dance within and beyond her studies.

Libby Lyon

Libby Lyon

Institute of Education, UCL Award - Education, Food Studies

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Libby Lyon

Libby Lyon

Institute of Education, UCL Award - Education, Food Studies

Libby Lyon, of Arlington, Virginia, graduated from the School of Architecture at U.Va. in 2014, where she studied Urban & Environmental Planning and Global Sustainability. Passionate about sustainable agriculture, equitable food systems, and food & wellness education, Libby spent the majority of her undergraduate career working with Charlottesville City Schools and City Schoolyard Garden to develop garden education programs in the city's six elementary schools.

She has since managed farmers markets and community-supported agriculture operations in New York City, and was most recently a cooking and gardening educator in Washington, D.C. through FoodCorps, AmeriCorps.

As a Fulbright postgraduate student at UCL IOE, Libby will research the dynamics between cooking and gardening education programs in primary schools and family food practices that children experience at home. Her work will be concentrated within the thriving food education community in London but will touch on a variety of related programs across the United Kingdom. She is excited to research alongside experts in family food practices within the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the IOE, and plans to apply what she learns to a career in food education and health promotion.

Nicholas McCarty

Nicholas McCarty

Imperial College London Award - Bioengineering

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Nicholas McCarty

Nicholas McCarty

Imperial College London Award - Bioengineering

Nicholas McCarty grew up in Geneva, Illinois, before moving to Iowa City for his undergraduate degree. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa, where he studied biochemistry and was an Iowa Biosciences Academy Scholar.

For four years, he researched the biochemical signaling pathways underpinning diabetes and their connection to heart disease using transgenic mouse models. During his senior year, he wrote a thesis on the cellular mechanisms regulating glucose transporter proteins in mice fed a high-fat diet. In 2016, he was recognised as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Nicholas is also an avid science communicator and writer. He spent a semester writing for Phi Beta Kappa’s news publication: The Key Reporter.

As a Fulbright postgraduate student, Nicholas will pursue the MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London. His research will focus on producing pharmaceuticals from engineered yeast and E. coli. Afterwards, he will pursue a PhD in bioengineering. Ultimately, Nicholas hopes to combine biochemistry, structural biology, and synthetic biology to enhance the production and effectiveness of cardiovascular therapeutics.

 

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Brittney Mengistu

Brittney Mengistu

King's College London Award - Global Health and Social Medicine

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Brittney Mengistu

Brittney Mengistu

King's College London Award - Global Health and Social Medicine

Brittney Mengistu graduated summa cum laude in 2013 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a BS in Psychology and minors in biochemistry, music, and humanities. During this time, Brittney volunteered at a mobile health clinic, which sparked her interest in public health.

She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a Masters of Public Health degree at Emory University. While at Emory University, Brittney received funding to evaluate the quality of medical education at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This experience allowed her to see the need for researching mental health in East African communities. With Europe’s growing refugee crisis, Brittney seeks to explore the effect of culture on mental health help-seeking behaviours among East African refugees in the UK.

As a Fulbright Scholar/King’s College London doctoral student, Brittney plans to use her research to inform global mental health initiatives for refugees and migrants. Aside from academics, Brittney is looking forward to playing the clarinet with a local jazz ensemble and attending Arsenal games with her husband.

Erica Moody

Erica Moody

University of Nottingham Award - Behavioural Economics

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Erica Moody

Erica Moody

University of Nottingham Award - Behavioural Economics

Erica Moody recently graduated from Kennesaw State University, where she majored in Economics. She was a University Honours Student, a Zell Miller Scholar, and a member of the Coles College Scholars Program.

She was an active member of her university’s Student Managed Investment Fund and the captain of the winning team for the CFA Institute Research Challenge Southern Classic. Erica interned at finance firms Henssler Financial, Houlihan Lokey, and UBS.

As an undergraduate, she also had the opportunity to study in Italy, Spain, and Guatemala. Her department awarded her the Outstanding Economics Student Award. As a Fulbright-University of Nottingham Award postgraduate student, she will pursue an MSc in Behavioural Economics, where she hopes to explore how insights from behavioural economics can be used to improve policy design.

Arlesha Moore

Arlesha Moore

University of Leicester Award - Criminology

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Arlesha Moore

Arlesha Moore

University of Leicester Award - Criminology

Arlesha Moore recently graduated from Ball State University, where she was an Honours student that majored in Criminal Justice. As an undergraduate, Arlesha was part of an immersive learning team that interviewed community members in her hometown, Ferguson, Missouri, on the Michael Brown case.

The riots due to the death of Michael Brown reminded her why she became a criminal justice major: to give a voice to those who feel like they have none. Later that academic year, she participated in a field study where she travelled to the United Kingdom to study its criminal justice system. The differences in police tactics are profound because the use of firearms is illegal in the United Kingdom.

As a Fulbright-University of Leicester postgraduate student, she will pursue an MSc in Criminology where she will focus on the differences in police tactics involving black males in the United Kingdom and the United States. The Fulbright postgraduate award will help Arlesha have a better understanding of how social justice and criminal justice can work hand in hand.

Marissa Piccolo

Marissa Piccolo

Queen's University Belfast Award in Legislative Studies - Global Security and Borders

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Marissa Piccolo

Marissa Piccolo

Queen's University Belfast Award in Legislative Studies - Global Security and Borders

Marissa will study at Queen's University Belfast, earning a Master's in Global Security and Borders. She graduated with the highest honour possible, University Scholar, as well as summa cum laude and as a Honors Scholar from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's in political science and economics. At UConn, Marissa received several grants for independent research projects, primarily focusing on women in politics.

She has held different government internships and leadership positions, interning for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, being a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow, and president of the College Democrats. Marissa has also worked on asylum cases for refugees in the United States, and studied abroad in London where she interned for a women's centre and dealt with immigration issues. This experience, her love of the UK's rich history and diverse culture, and interest in the US-UK special diplomatic relationship drew her to return.

She plans to learn more about how the US and UK work together to address pressing issues of today, namely terrorism and the refugee crisis. She hopes her Fulbright grant will give her a deeper insight into this relationship and these issues, and promote cross-country cooperation as both the US and UK face similar challenges. After Fulbright, she will attend law school and hopes to work as a government counsel or policy adviser.

 

Martin Ridge

Martin Ridge

Queen Mary, University of London Award - History of Political Thought and Intellectual History

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Martin Ridge

Martin Ridge

Queen Mary, University of London Award - History of Political Thought and Intellectual History

Martin Alexander Ridge grew up in Queens, New York, and majored in history at Columbia University. He wrote his senior thesis on the Marxist Humanist and cultural critic Marshall Berman with funding from the Edwin Robbins Summer Research Fellowship. His research brought him to Oxford University's Bodleian Library, where he made the decision to do graduate work in the United Kingdom.

At Columbia he was the managing editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History and a member of the Undergraduate History Council. He became interested in intellectual history while teaching in Columbia's Freedom and Citizenship program as an Uihlein Teaching Fellow. He also briefly fenced for the university, and in a past life medalled in a national epée tournament. Currently, Martin is completing an editorial internship at Dissent Magazine.

He will pursue an MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, jointly administered by Queen Mary University of London and University College London, in order to study liberal and Marxist political philosophy in twentieth century Europe. He is interested in the ways in which political thought can influence party politics in the present, as well as the mutability of ideological distinctions between conservative and progressive thinking.

Colleen Ryan

Colleen Ryan

University of York Award - Post-War Recovery Studies

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Colleen Ryan

Colleen Ryan

University of York Award - Post-War Recovery Studies

Colleen Ryan earned her bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Sociology as a Haslam Scholar at the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she worked for the US Agency for International Development, studied abroad in Northern Uganda and the United Kingdom, and wrote her Baker Scholars public policy project on penal policy reform during Uganda’s post-conflict transition.

While at Tennessee, Colleen led an organisation focused on sexual assault prevention and sexual health advocacy and received several recognitions for her commitment to diversity and inclusion and student engagement and leadership. Spending a summer in-residence at the University of Edinburgh sparked Colleen’s interest in learning more about post-conflict transformation in the United Kingdom.

Through her Fulbright Postgraduate Award, she will earn an MA in Post-War Recovery Studies at the University of York’s Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit. She looks forward to learning more about the applied skills and theory behind development in transitioning states, as well as getting involved in advocacy work in York and exploring more of the beautiful English countryside.

Shannon Scovel

Shannon Scovel

University of Stirling Award - Gender Studies

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Shannon Scovel

Shannon Scovel

University of Stirling Award - Gender Studies

Shannon Scovel, a native of Cary, North Carolina and a 2017 graduate of American University, will pursue a masters in Gender Studies at the University of Stirling as a Fulbright postgraduate student. She will evaluate the media coverage of women in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, building on her undergraduate thesis on a similar topic.

Shannon’s interest in sports media comes from her four-year experience as a member and captain of the American University women’s swim team and from her time as editor-in-chief of American University’s student newspaper, The Eagle. Shannon graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science, and her work has appeared in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, the Raleigh News and Observer, EPSNW and AOL.com. She has competed as an triathlete for Team USA in London at the 2013 Triathlon World Championships, inspiring her to return to the UK for further academic and athletic endeavours.

Shannon hopes to build on her studies as a Fulbright Scholar and pursue a career in academia.

Andrew Stoquert

Andrew Stoquert

University of Kent Award - Law

Andrew H. Stoquert graduated cum laude in 2014 from the University of Miami, where he double-majored in Political Science and Ecosystem Science and Policy. As part of his undergraduate degree, Andrew spent time studying international relations and political science at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently working to complete a Juris Doctor degree at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Andrew has interned for a Federal District Judge in the Southern District of Florida and for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. This coming summer, he will be working in the corporate compliance department of Olympus Corporation of the Americas at their headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Andrew is looking forward to joining the University of Kent’s taught Master’s in Law degree program in Canterbury as a Fulbright U.S. Student. He plans on exploring the legal implications of the United Kingdom’s sea level rise adaptation plan and is excited to experience life in southeastern England.

Elif Tasar

Elif Tasar

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Award - Environmental Economics

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Elif Tasar

Elif Tasar

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Award - Environmental Economics

Elif Tasar graduated in 2012 from Stanford University, where she majored in Earth Systems. Her senior honours thesis on forest transitions in Chile received the departmental prize for innovative research on the environment.

Since graduating from university, Elif has worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and Tesla.

As a Fulbright–London School of Economics Award postgraduate student, she will a pursue an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change. Elif was drawn to study in the UK in part because of its historic leadership on environmental issues, particularly within the realm of economics and policy. As an amateur bass player and avid BBC 6 listener, she looks forward to getting to know London’s vibrant music scene.

Garrett Thompson

Garrett Thompson

University of Sheffield Award - Public Health

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Garrett Thompson

Garrett Thompson

University of Sheffield Award - Public Health

Garrett Thompson, of Newmarket, New Hampshire graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a BS in Biochemistry. A successful researcher, Garrett studied the development point of care diagnostic biosensors. His research has won multiple national and international awards including a Royal Society of Chemistry analytical methods poster prize and an American Institute of Chemical Engineers first place student poster prize.

After graduating, he worked at Dartmouth Medical School studying neurological disease. In addition to his strong focus on medical research, Garrett has a passion for public health. While in college Garrett worked as an accomplished Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and public health educator.

As a Fulbright Scholar Garrett plans to continue his passion for public health by pursuing a master’s in public health with a focus on community paramedicine. He is specifically interested in ways community paramedics can alleviate stress within the emergency medical system while improving patient health outcomes. After completing his Fulbright, he plans to pursue a career in medicine as a physician with a public health focus.

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

John Wood LAMDA Award - Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre

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Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

John Wood LAMDA Award - Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre

Kevin Ryan Williams recently graduated from The University of Alabama, where he double-majored in Theatre and Telecommunication & Film. As an undergraduate, he received an opportunity to finish his film degree in Los Angeles, where he met actor Jon Voight. As a mentor, Jon urged Kevin Ryan to pursue his career as an actor, to seek higher education, and to travel the world.

Kevin Ryan has interned in Los Angeles at Crystal Sky Pictures and Ideal Talent Agency, and in New York City at Troma Entertainment, experiences he credits with shaping his career as an actor.

As a Fulbright-John Wood LAMDA Award postgraduate student, he will pursue an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After many years of working in the rural part of South Alabama, Kevin Ryan is excited to trade his muddy boots for nice pair of Grensons as he takes on the streets of London.

Clara (Da Hye) Yang

Clara (Da Hye) Yang

LUSK Postgraduate Award, Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Creative Music

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Clara (Da Hye) Yang

Clara (Da Hye) Yang

LUSK Postgraduate Award, Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Creative Music


Clara will be studying creative music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and exploring the intersection between creative music and medicine. She is excited to be in the UK, which is rich with opportunities to think about arts and health. Clara was born in Seoul, Korea but spent most of her childhood in Atlanta, Georgia.

She graduated from Duke University in 2011 with B.S./B.A. in Biology and Music. She taught seventh grade science for two years in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and then went to New England Conservatory of Music for a postgraduate fellowship exploring social change through music.

She spent some time as a freelance musician and teaching artist in New York City prior starting at Harvard Medical School. Mostly, she wants to live in a world that is filled with the realised dreams of children and adults, and she hopes that this year will help her imagine what that could look like.