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June 4, 2020

22 UW students receive Fulbright awards

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Twenty-two UW students and alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, joining about 1,900 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad, once and if international travel resumes.

The program has delayed the start of programs until Jan. 1, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Fourteen UW undergraduate students or recent alumni are among this year’s Fulbright Student Program recipients and plan travel to countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Brazil to take part in research and teaching assistantships. Eight graduate-level students plan travel to China, Uganda and Japan, among other countries. Six UW students were selected as alternates.

2020-2021 undergraduate/bachelor’s level Fulbright students are:

  • Conor Cunningham, senior, International Studies major: Research Grant to Moldova
  • Joshua Driscol, ‘19, Atmospheric Sciences major: Research Grant to Norway
  • Priscilla Kwong, ‘16, Biochemistry major: English Teaching Assistant Grant to Thailand
  • Miles Miller, ‘15, Industrial Design major: Research Grant to South Korea
  • Michael Monicatti, ‘17, Drama and Communication majors: Study Grant to United Kingdom
  • Danielle Marangoni-Simonsen, ‘17, Biology major: English Teaching Assistant Grant to Malaysia
  • Sacha Moufarrej, senior, Neuroscience major: Study Grant to United Kingdom
  • Thomas Pepe, ‘19, Integrated Social Sciences major: English Teaching Assistant Grant to Colombia
  • Catherine Pham, senior, Biochemistry major: English Teaching Assistant Grant to Vietnam
  • Lincoln Pothan, ‘19, Public Health major: English Teaching Assistant Grant to Cambodia
  • Vidhi Singh, senior, Bioengineering major: Research Grant to India
  • Sarah Slack, senior, Bioengineering major: Research Grant to Brazil
  • Katie Spink, senior, Psychology major: Research Grant to New Zealand
  • Iris Thatcher, ‘19, Finnish Language & Cultural Studies and Political Economy majors: Study Grant to Finland

UW undergraduate alternates:

  • Rocia Araujo, Education, Communities & Organizations; International Studies majors: English Teaching Assistant -Secondary, South Korea
  • Lela Cooper, Environmental Studies: English Teaching Assistant Award, Greenland
  • Chiara DeSantis, Public Health; Spanish: English Teaching Assistant Award, Peru
  • Bennet Jarvis, History: English Teaching Assistant Award, Algeria
  • Jill Nakayama, Early Childhood & Family Studies: English Teaching Assistant, South Korea

This year’s graduate-level awardees are:

  • Shelby Ahrendt, Ph.D. student, Civil & Environmental Engineering: Research Grant to Netherlands
  • Richard Boyechko, Ph.D. student, Cinema & Media Studies: Research Grant to China
  • Ross Henderson, Ph.D. student, Asian Languages & Literature: Research Grant to Japan
  • Abigail Link, Ph.D. student, Nursing: Fulbright-Fogarty Award in Public Health to Uganda
  • Laurel Morgan Miller Marsh, Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering: Research Grant to Germany
  • Saranda Ross, ’19 J.D., Law: Research Grant to Brazil
  • Helen Thomas, ’16 M.A., Cultural Studies (UW Bothell): Research Grant to Nigeria
  • Hannah VanBenschoten, Ph.D. student, Bioengineering: Research Grant to Sweden

UW graduate alternate:

  • Charlotte Dohrn, Master’s student, Marine & Environmental Affairs, Study/Research Grant, Chile

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.

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