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July 24, 2017

11 UW students receive Fulbright scholarships in 2017-18

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names and faces of this year's Fulbright awards

Fifteen UW students received Fulbright awards or were named alternates for 2017-18. Top row (left to right): Abbagail Gomez, Alexandra Piunti, Benjamin Lee, Max Carey, Olivia Smith. Middle row (left to right): Matthew Van Duyn, Sofiya Idris, Michael Sims, Sopeck Nop, Joss Whittaker. Bottom row (left to right): Kevin Celustka, Connor Tsuchida, Christopher Diamond, Kylie Clay. Not pictured: Katherine Blank.University of Washington

Eleven UW students and alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, and four have been named as alternates, joining about 1,900 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad this coming year.

The program is the largest U.S. international exchange opportunity for students to pursue international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Five UW undergraduate students or recent alumni are among this year’s Fulbright Student Program winners and will travel to countries such as Mexico, Latvia and Kenya to take part in research and teaching assistantships for the academic year.

This year’s undergraduate awardees are Max Carey (’15 linguistics), Benjamin Lee (’15 international studies and Chinese), Sopeck Nop (’16 computer science at UW Tacoma), Alexandra Piunti (Scandinavian studies) and Olivia Smith (sociology).

This year’s graduate-level awardees are Katherine Blank (history), Christopher Diamond (Asian languages and literature), Abbagail Gomez (education), Michael Sims (Near and Middle Eastern studies), Matthew Van Duyn (history) and Joss Whittaker (anthropology). Students will pursue research and teaching in countries such as India, Indonesia, China and Mexico.

Four UW students were named alternates for this year: Kevin Celustka (international studies), Sofiya Idris (’16 societies, ethics and human behavior at UW Bothell), Connor Tsuchida (bioengineering) and Kylie Clay (political science).

For the past several years, the UW has been named a top producer of Fulbright students and scholars, ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education each February. Last year, 21 UW graduate and undergraduate students received a Fulbright award.

Read more about this year’s student winners on the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards website.