June 18, 2009
UW undergraduates selected for Fulbright Scholarships
UW undergraduates Monica Barrett, Alexandra Duncan, and Cameron Rule were recently selected as Fulbright Fellows. The Fulbright Program for US Students is the largest US international exchange program offering opportunities for United States students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
Monica Barrett, Senior, Fulbright Fellow
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Honors student, Dean’s List
Barrett will be researching business competitiveness in the European Union during the 2009-10 academic year. She will conduct exploratory research regarding aerospace clusters in the European Union. This research will study the Bristol Aerospace Consortium in Bristol, United Kingdom, affiliated with the University of Bath, and Aerospace Valley, in Toulouse, France, affiliated with the École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse. From 2005-07, she attended the US Military Academy at West Point where she was involved in the French Club. At the University of Washington, she earned a Certificate of International Studies in Business (French Concentration), has been involved in the Undergraduate Management Consulting Association, Undergraduate Women in Business, and Social Entrepreneurship Club.
Alexandra Duncan, December 2008 graduate, Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Fellowship
Majors: European Studies, Germanics: Language and Literature.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Alexandra Duncan will teach English to immigrants in North Rhine in Westphalia, Germany, on her Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Fellowship, beginning fall 2009. Duncan has previously studied abroad at the Free University in Berlin, Germany and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and attended lectures at Linköping University in Sweden. For an internship at Harborview Medical Center, she interviewed Ethiopian immigrants and provided an ethnographic website for that community. This experience awakened her interest in the immigrant and refugee community in Seattle. She has subsequently served as a volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor at Seattle Central Community College and assisted immigrants and international students. Additionally, she has served as an administrative intern for the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit organization that contributes to the resettlement of refugees and humanitarian relief locally and abroad.
Cameron Rule, Senior, Fulbright Fellow
Major: Russian language
Hometown: Cheney, WA
Rule will travel to Estonia for his Fulbright Fellowship where he will be conducting socio-phonetic linguistic research investigating language change among the bilingual Russian population living in urban Estonia. At the University of Washington, he has earned a REECAS grant for the development of Estonian Teaching Materials, a Mary Gates Research Scholarship, an Undergraduate Research Travel Award, a Summer Undergraduate Scholarship, and has been on the Dean’s List. At the University of Puget Sound, Rule was on the Dean’s List, earned a President’s Scholarship, and a Puget Sound Grant. Rule has also logged more than 500 volunteer service hours with the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
About the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards helps UW undergraduates develop the tools and personal insights necessary to match their goals with local and national merit-based scholarship opportunities. National scholarship opportunities include the Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman scholarships and many others. The office is part of the Center for Experiential Learning in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
About the Fulbright Fellows Program
The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for United States students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.