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May 26, 2023

From Botswana to Taiwan, a dozen UW students receive Fulbright exchange awards

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A dozen UW students or recent graduates were named 2023 Fulbright Scholars.University of Washington

Twelve UW students and recent alumni were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships this year, joining about 2,000 students and recent graduates from around the country to study and teach abroad.

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.

Six UW undergraduate students or recent alumni are among this year’s Fulbright Student Program recipients and plan travel to Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and Africa to take part in research and teaching assistantships. Six graduate-level students plan to travel to the Middle East, Asia, Scandinavia and the South Pacific. Four UW students were selected as alternates.

This year’s awardees who are at the UW are:

  • Jessie Cox: English teaching assistantship award to South Korea
  • Mia Filardi: Study award to Finland
  • Auden Finch: Study award to Germany
  • Jennifer Ha, UW Bothell: English teaching assistantship award to Taiwan
  • Kennedy Patterson: English teaching assistantship award to Botswana
  • Lillian Williamson: English teaching assistantship award to Spain

This year’s graduate-level awardees at the UW are:

  • Jacob Beckert, Doctoral student, History: Research grant to Israel
  • Eliyah Omar, Doctoral student, Anthropology: Research grant to Japan
  • Larisa Ozeryansky, Doctoral student, Individual interdisciplinary doctoral student: Research grant to Norway
  • Rachel Shi, Master’s student, Bioengineering: Research grant to Germany
  • Camille Ungco, Doctoral student, Education: Research grant to the Philippines
  • Nick Andrews, Doctoral student, Aeronautics & Astronautics: Research Grant to Norway

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. The Fulbright program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides round-trip travel, health insurance, a housing stipend and visa assistance to awardees.

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