Undergraduate Academic Affairs

June 11, 2018

Five UW undergraduates receive prestigious Fulbright scholarships for 2018-19

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Finalists and alternates from left to right, top to bottom: Jake Hansen, Kylie Luse, Yesenia Navarro-Aguirre, Philip Palios, Anika Patel, Caleb Perez, Nicole Shermer, Tammy Tarhini

Continuing in the University of Washington’s tradition of producing globally-minded students, five undergraduates and bachelor’s alumni have been selected for the 2018-19 Fulbright Student program. In addition, 10 graduate/professional students and alumni were named finalists. Three undergraduates and two graduate students were also selected as alternates. Acceptance to the Fulbright program is competitive, and recipients are selected based on academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and leadership potential in one’s chosen field.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program 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. This year’s undergraduates will teach English, conduct research and pursue graduate studies across the globe

This year’s undergraduate Fulbright finalists are:

  • Jake Hansen, ’18 // Major: Russian Language, Literature, and Culture // Fulbright: English Teaching Assistantship in Russia
  • Yesenia Navarro-Aguirre, ’17 // Major: Human Evolutionary Biology; Anthropology of Globalization  // Fulbright: Public Health research in Peru
  • Philip Palios, ’18 // Major: Culture, Literature, and the Arts (UW Bothell) // Fulbright: Studying at
 University of Glasgow in the UK
  • Caleb Perez, ’18 // Major: Bioengineering // Fulbright: Engineering 
research in Switzerland
  • Tammy Tarhini, ’17 // Major: Human Evolutionary
 Biology; Anthropology of Globalization // Fulbright: Germany, English Teaching 

This year’s undergraduate Fulbright alternate finalists are:

  • Kylie Luse, ’17 // Major: Psychology; Spanish
 // Fulbright: Alternate to Spain for English Teaching Assistantship
  • Anika Patel, ’17 // Major: Biochemistry and 
Interdisciplinary Honors  // Fulbright: Alternate to
 Thailand for English Teaching Assistantship
  • Nicole Shermer, ’16 // Major: International
 Studies // Fulbright: Alternate to Peru for Economic Development research


Read the bios for this impressive group of undergraduates as well as those who reached the semifinalist stage. Learn more about scholarship opportunities at UW.

The Fulbright US Student Program application process is supported by the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (OMSFA), a UAA program. OMSFA collaborates closely with the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships & Awards, UW Bothell’s Global Initiatives and UW Tacoma’s Office of Global Affairs in supporting Fulbright applicants at all three campuses. OMSFA also works with faculty, staff and students to identify and support promising students in developing the skills and personal insights necessary to become strong candidates for this and other prestigious awards.

Note: This story was updated to reflect one graduate student declining the award to accept a different award. February 19, 2019.