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May 15, 2024

Thirteen UW students receive Fulbright exchange awards for study, research and teaching positions around the world

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Thirteen UW students and recent alumni were selected for Fulbright exchange awards.University of Washington

Thirteen 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.

Five UW undergraduate students or recent alumni are among this year’s Fulbright Student Program recipients and plan travel to Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East to take part in research and teaching assistantships. Eight graduate-level students plan to travel to the Middle East, Central America, Europe, and East and South Asia. The UW had three students — two undergraduates and one graduate level — selected as alternates.

This year’s undergraduate awardees are:

  • Vecksle Drake: English teaching assistantship in Mongolia
  • Anna Feit: Study and research, Brazil
  • Lukas Metzner: Study and research, Germany
  • Lexi Rohrer: Study and research, Thailand
  • Ela Sezgin: English teaching assistantship, Turkey

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

  • Aaron Barker, Doctoral student, Philosophy: Research grant to Germany
  • Rachel Andersen, Doctoral student, Nursing: Research grant to Jordan
  • Claudia Herrero Rapagna, Master’s student, Middle East Studies: English teaching assistant grant to Jordan
  • Nicolás Kisic Aguirre, Doctoral student, Digital Arts & Experimental Media: Creative arts research grant to Mexico
  • Kaya Mallick, Master’s student, International Studies: Research grant to India
  • Brian Park, Doctoral student, History: Research grant to Japan
  • Claire Rater, Master’s student, Epidemiology and Social Work: Research grant to Colombia
  • Frankie Leigh Shelton, Master’s student, Health Administration: Study grant to United Kingdom

For the past several years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked the UW a “Top Producer” of student awardees. 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.