2019-20 American Fulbright Postgraduate Award grantees

American postgraduate students from across the United States will be studying and researching at UK universities during 2019-20.

Caleb Archuleta

Caleb Archuleta

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - International Security

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Caleb Archuleta

Caleb Archuleta

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - International Security

I recently graduated from Rollins College as an Alfond Scholar. Having grown up in Portland, Oregon and lived all along the United States’ West Coast I was forged amongst the Pacific Northwest’s rivers, lakes and mountains. My mission in life is to serve such that others may live. I have been determined to be a protector of my fellow humankind since I watched the Twin Towers fall on television as a kid. I am motivated by the passion, dedication and selflessness of those around me, and push myself to be worthy of their support and belief. I will be spending my time in Bristol studying the changes to the modern battlefield in the post-Global War on Terror era. I am honoured to carry on the proud tradition of the Fulbright Scholarship, especially in the country that founded the American colonies. The UK has a rich history and I look forward to immersing myself in the local literature, traditions and amongst my Bristol peers. I’m extremely excited to get out into the UK’s roughest conditions: scrambling in the Peak District, surfing in Cornwall or climbing in Bristol’s own Avon Gorge. In my downtime I am likely to be found playing pub trivia with friends or reading a novel by the closest fireplace I can find.

Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Religious Studies

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Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Religious Studies

I graduated from Stanford with a BA in philosophy in 2018 and will begin a PhD in philosophy at Princeton in Fall 2020, after completing my Fulbright. In the UK, I’ll be studying for an MA in Religion, focusing on Buddhist philosophy. I originally became interested in Buddhism when I began to study and practise Theravāda Buddhist meditation as an undergraduate, and now aspire to be part of the burgeoning dialogue between Western and Buddhist philosophy. My hope is that the academic discipline of philosophy becomes increasingly more global as Western philosophers begin to engage seriously with the traditions of other cultures. I’m particularly excited to live in the city of Bristol during my Fulbright year. Having lived in London for a year as a seven-year-old and in Oxford for six months during an undergraduate study abroad term, I have quite a soft spot for the UK, and can’t wait to experience life in a British city I haven’t yet visited. In addition to my studies, I plan to join a croquet club, become a member of the Bristol chapter of Effective Altruism (a social movement centred on evidence-backed approaches to doing good), enjoy some afternoon teas and make lots of friends along the way.

Carinthia Bank

Carinthia Bank

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Psychology

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Carinthia Bank

Carinthia Bank

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Psychology

Last spring, I completed a master’s in social work at the University of Pennsylvania, after studying history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. My pre-college experience as a professional ballet dancer and the difficulties I faced transitioning out of that life inspired me to work towards supporting other athletes, artists and performers moving through retirement and into their next chapters. As an undergraduate, I started a group for students wanting to discuss these transitions. This led me to an independent research project in London that opened my eyes to the UK’s position as a world leader in researching and addressing issues related to athlete transitions. Stirling is a hub for athlete transition work, and my journey since retiring from ballet has fed my awareness of the value of connecting with others and exploring challenges together. I look forward to layering what I learn inside and outside the classroom during my Fulbright year at Stirling onto my past personal experiences and my social work knowledge. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to exchange thought with people at the forefront of the work that has added meaning to my life after ballet as I develop my own role as a helper. 

Meredith Bartley

Meredith Bartley

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Disability Studies

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Meredith Bartley

Meredith Bartley

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Disability Studies

I selected Leeds for the programme's embrace of the social model of disability, which considers the role that societal barriers play in the experience of disability. This framework, which originated in the UK, is an advance over the traditional medical model of disability, which holds that the body or mind must be repaired in order to conform to normative values. I have a background in documentary film, and I hope to use the powerful medium of film to turn activism into advocacy, something that disability activists have always excelled at. As a storyteller, my camera is not only my eyes but my voice; with my Fulbright experience, I can start conversations about the experience of disability, especially autism, through my very existence as an autistic filmmaker. The stigma surrounding autism often prevents open conversations that could bring about not only a better understanding but acceptance and accessibility. But it’s worth it to speak up because whenever I do, good things seem to come from it: a is wider understanding of autism, what it looks like in girls, and sometimes, what it looks like in oneself. I'm also a huge fan of women's football - or soccer, as we call it here. I can't wait to be the biggest fan of the Leeds United Ladies!

Michael Bellis

Michael Bellis

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Political Science

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Michael Bellis

Michael Bellis

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Political Science

I am a native Chicagoan and graduate of the University of Michigan, where I received a BA in Political Science and English Language & Literature in 2012. As an undergraduate, I spent a semester and a summer in Washington, D.C., where I worked as a press and communications intern for the U.S. Department of Education and as an editorial intern for the Washington City Paper covering music and nightlife. Following graduation, I toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Brazil as the primary songwriter, singer, and guitarist for an independent rock band. I was inspired to pursue a Fulbright because I am deeply interested in exploring the complex social and political dynamics underpinning our current moment of upheaval in the West, and particularly in the U.K. My studies at Strathclyde will focus on the evolving Brexit negotiations and their implications for the newly invigorated push for Scottish independence, with the goal of learning how similarly transformational movements might evolve in the U.S. in the future. When I'm not obsessing too much over politics, I enjoy collecting and listening to records, going to shows, running, and otherwise savouring any opportunity to unplug. I plan to attend law school in the U.S. following my studies in Glasgow to pursue a legal career centred on voting rights, elections, and progressive institutional reform.

Elva Bonsall

Elva Bonsall

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Literature

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Elva Bonsall

Elva Bonsall

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Literature

I’m a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in English literature, minored in creative writing, and graduated with Distinction. Beyond my own research, I spent a good part of my undergraduate years designing and teaching writing classes to other undergraduates. I typically explain my project to friends and onlookers by moving my hands about and saying something along the lines of “memory studies,” but more accurately my project focuses on how identity—in particular, a changing identity—is represented in literature. My larger interest is in what the feeling of you being you is like, and how this feeling is represented to yourself and others. Through this work, I seek to further understand the narrative form and how people and cultures with complicated pasts can better relate to one another. As a Fulbright scholar, I am absolutely thrilled to attend the University of Glasgow, and to study with the most prominent scholars of this field while earning my master’s in modernist literature. I am so excited to further my own writing and research, enjoy local Scottish theatre and comedy, and take as many hikes through the Scottish countryside as I can possibly manage.

Gabrielle Bozarth

Gabrielle Bozarth

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, University of Cardiff - Political Science

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Gabrielle Bozarth

Gabrielle Bozarth

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, University of Cardiff - Political Science

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a B.A. in Government and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - modified with African and African-American Studies. My undergraduate research regarding state police reporting procedures sparked my passion for institution evaluation and mixed-methodologies. I was curious about how members of institutions built for safety, articulate their experiences with citizens they view as threats. I spent nearly two years on the project, culminating in a thesis that garnered the highest departmental honours. Post-graduation I accepted a legal assistant position at White & Case LLP, advocating for fair conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement. Working directly with people who’ve been affected by the prison industrial complex in the U.S. is part of what inspired me to learn more about the same structures in the U.K. Through Fulbright, I will obtain an MSc in Social Science Research Methods. My thesis will be directed at how the current penal landscape in the U.K. affects Welsh women. I look forward to getting to know women and families affected by incarceration through local non-profits and learning more about how the carceral state is affecting social welfare and immigration in Wales. Following my Fulbright, I will be pursuing a joint JD-PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Daisha Brabham

Daisha Brabham

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award, Royal Holloway, University of London - History

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Daisha Brabham

Daisha Brabham

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award, Royal Holloway, University of London - History

I am originally from New Haven, CT, and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2017 with a B.S. in History/Secondary Education. During my senior year, I wrote, produced and directed Homegoing: A Herstory, a historically researched choreo play covering the history of black womanhood in different regions. The play was meant to bring history to the public in an engaging way. After graduating, I began to teach high school students in my hometown and in 2018 was able to launch Homegoing: A Herstory Internship for young students to gain experience in acting, producing and historical research. In 2019, I joined the Yale University Teacher Institute to research and publish a high school history curriculum on teaching race and law in the classroom. Additionally, I have collaborated with multiple organisations and spoken on panels advocating for the need to bring diverse, engaging history to the public. At the Royal Holloway University of London, I am looking forward to obtaining my Public History degree with a focus reconstructing black womanhood in the UK prior to the 21st century. My final project will be to update my original and produce another showing of Homegoing: A Herstory. I am also excited to meet new people, have new experiences and learn more about black Britain.

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - History

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Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - History

I am from Ventura, California and graduated from Stanford in 2018 with a degree in history. My chief academic interests might seem somewhat disparate: ancient Greece, nineteenth-century Europe, and modern Brazil. As an undergraduate, I was drawn to each of the three out of sheer fascination with the ideas and cultures of these places and periods, taking classes in Portuguese, ancient Greek and French. I studied nineteenth-century political thought as a visiting student at Oxford, spent a summer in Greece studying classical archaeology and myth, and after I graduated, I interned at the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, a Washington think-tank with a focus on Brazilian politics. At Queen Mary, I will be exploring the strands that connect these seemingly unrelated interests through the history of ideas. I will investigate how nineteenth-century French thinkers looked back to ancient Greece for inspiration, and how the drafters of the Brazilian constitution of 1824 looked, in turn, to these same French thinkers—shaping Brazilian history for decades to come. During my time in London I also hope to continue writing book reviews and articles on art exhibits and popular music for magazines in the US and UK.

Amanda Ceroli

Amanda Ceroli

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Oceanography

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Amanda Ceroli

Amanda Ceroli

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Oceanography

I am originally from the small town of Angier, North Carolina, and graduated this May with a B.S. in Physics, concentrating in Physical Oceanography from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Physics and Oceanography are two of the most versatile and fascinating fields that analyse the inner workings of the Earth. I have gained experience in various physical oceanography disciplines, including ice and climate, physical modelling systems, and coastal and estuarine dynamics. While working in an Oregon estuary as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ernest F. Hollings Scholar, I became more aware of the imminent ocean-borne threats facing all coastal communities and the value of preserving natural environments when developing cities. Besides always wanting to visit the UK, it is home to one of the top oceanographic research facilities in the world: The University of Southampton’s National Oceanographic Centre. While there as a Fulbright scholar, I will pursue a master’s degree in Oceanography, concentrating in Physical Oceanography. I am eager to experience and learn more about the UK’s rich cultural history, especially those depicting the ocean’s influence on these significant islands.

Sheridan Clements

Sheridan Clements

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Archaeology

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Sheridan Clements

Sheridan Clements

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Archaeology

Originally from a small town in central Maine, I graduated from Drexel University in 2019 with a B.A. in Anthropology.

My fascination with human culture began when I was young, hoarding National Geographic magazines under my bed, and developed into me studying abroad in Germany, Greece, and Scotland. At Bangor University, I will be studying the “Celtic” peoples of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages, the dissemination of their art and customs across the region, and how this has impacted modern cultural identities.

I desire to make archaeological knowledge more accessible to the public, allowing people to learn about their shared history and teach this to new generations. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD and become a professor to further this goal.

In my spare time I love to do Tae Kwon Do, read, and explore. I am looking forward to taking many trips into Snowdonia National Park and visiting museums.

Brianna Cochran

Brianna Cochran

UCL Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Entrepreneurship

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Brianna Cochran

Brianna Cochran

UCL Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Entrepreneurship

I grew up in the mountains of northern Georgia but attended school in Atlanta at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and was able to take part in their entrepreneurial program, CREATE-X. I attribute my interest in “innovation” to my second family at Delta’s Innovation Lab, the Hangar. I interned for two years with a group of people that worked incredibly hard to transform an industry that has not only incredibly complex processes, but a huge emotional connection and impact to its customers. I fell in love with human centred design there and began to combine that path with my entrepreneurial desires. During my time at UCL, I will be studying in the retail and consumer pathway, focusing on my personal vision that combines additive manufacturing, fashion, and materials science. I am extremely grateful for the Fulbright scholarship and I can’t wait to make a new home at the local aerial gym to practise my aerial silks, as well as live in one of the top fashion capitals of the world.

Jaclyn Dell

Jaclyn Dell

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Psychology

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Jaclyn Dell

Jaclyn Dell

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Psychology

I am a recent graduate of the master’s program in Psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Back home, I spend most of my free time with my husband and our three dogs, serving in our church, and mentoring individuals with drug and alcohol addiction. My academic pursuit is to understand the nature of addiction, the powerful motivation to consume harmful and undesired, but rewarding, substances. Working at the University of Birmingham in the UK, I will use neuroimaging to investigate the brain mechanisms underlying these processes. My hope is that, with a better understanding of drug addiction at the neural level, there will be potential for more informed clinical theories and improved treatment strategies. As a Fulbrighter, I am honoured to join a company of such respected scholars. I plan to immerse myself in the Birmingham and UK culture as much as possible! I plan to gain an understanding of the way that recovery outreach works in the UK through volunteer activities, walk the famous canals (there are more in Birmingham than Venice!) and share my research with a network of diverse and international collaborators.

Susannah Dibble

Susannah Dibble

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

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Susannah Dibble

Susannah Dibble

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

I am conducting research on the European Union’s role in peace processes within its own borders with a focus on the Northern Ireland peace process and the Basque conflict. I will be based at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Brussels, the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao. Originally from Dallas, Texas, I graduated from Georgetown University in 2018 with a B.S. in International Politics and a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Through Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, my studies concentrated on conflict resolution and peace processes, culminating in a summer spent in Bogotá, Colombia conducting research for my thesis on the transition of rebel groups to political parties and observing the aftermath of a four-year peace process, which the European Union continues to support. Through Fulbright, I will have the opportunity to explore the European Union’s role as a peacemaker within its own borders. I look forward to exploring the distinct culture in each location while also making connections of the European Union’s overarching impact.

Jane Donnelly

Jane Donnelly

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Engineering

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Jane Donnelly

Jane Donnelly

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Engineering

Originally from Davidsonville, MD, I recently graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a B.S. in Biochemistry. During my time at Georgetown, I conducted research about biologically relevant metals and their possible roles in enzyme function. I am incredibly excited to extend my field of research by studying how transition metals like copper and iron impact the pathogenesis and development of Alzheimer's Disease. Along with Dr Joanna Collingwood's research group at the University of Warwick in Coventry, I hope to identify targets for improved treatments for what may be the most significant health crisis of our generation. My enthusiasm to pursue a Fulbright in the U.K. arose not only from my admiration for Dr Collingwood's cutting-edge work, but also from my excitement to live full-time in the U.K. Besides being the birthplace of the Beatles (arguably the greatest band of all time), the U.K. has a rich history of literary and scientific innovation which makes it the perfect place to simultaneously conduct scientific research and wander around reading novels and listening to 1960s pop music. I am very grateful for the opportunity that Fulbright gives me to explore both British lands and British ideas; I can't wait to get started!

Avi Dravid

Avi Dravid

London School of Economics Postgraduate Award, London School of Economics - Political Science

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Avi Dravid

Avi Dravid

London School of Economics Postgraduate Award, London School of Economics - Political Science

I was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago and recently graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science and Biology. I have fond memories of volunteering at my grandfather’s charity medical clinic when visiting my relatives in rural India, spending time with patients and getting to hear their stories. I saw first-hand how economic realities shape the quality of healthcare. During my time at Northwestern, I was extensively involved in a student-run policy journal, an international service organization, and the campus Political Union. I also conducted neurobiology research throughout the academic year. I explored my combined interests in health and policy matters through an independent research project in Ethiopia, examining the political pressures on aid organizations operating in the adjacent conflict zones of South Sudan and Somalia. I hope to develop strategies to facilitate expedient delivery of care in areas experiencing social upheaval. My ultimate goal is to participate in humanitarian initiatives as a physician. It is an honour to continue my academic development as part of the Fulbright Programme. I will study how health outcomes are tied to broader questions about state-building, conflict, and economic growth. In my free time, I enjoy riding motorcycles, going fishing, and playing the guitar. I look forward to finding new fishing spots in the UK, exploring the British countryside, and attending rock concerts.

Ayesha Durrani

Ayesha Durrani

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award, University of Sussex - Migration Studies

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Ayesha Durrani

Ayesha Durrani

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award, University of Sussex - Migration Studies

I am originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania, and I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Islamic Studies in 2018. For the past year, I have worked as a paralegal at the American Civil Liberties Union's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, assisting with cases centred on free exercise of religion and the separation of church and state. As the child of Kashmiri immigrants, I have been aware of and committed to immigrants’ issues from a young age. Volunteering as an undergraduate at Kids in Need of Defence, an organization that helps children navigate the asylum-seeking and deportation processes, cemented for me the importance of fighting for migrants and asylum-seekers, who are often robbed of their voices and freedom. In college, I furthered my understanding of migration by researching refugees, war and disaster. Recently, I’ve combined this research and work experience with political advocacy and organizing, specifically regarding the unfolding crisis in Kashmir, which will undoubtedly have migratory effects. As a Fulbright-University of Sussex postgraduate student, I will continue down this path, pursuing an MA in Migration Studies and comparatively analysing UK and US immigration practises, particularly as they relate to detention. Outside of class, I hope to explore every inch of Brighton’s beautiful beaches and volunteer with organizations like Voices in Exile, which provides legal and practical support to vulnerable migrants.

Alexandra Fair

Alexandra Fair

University of Reading Postgraduate Award, University of Reading - History

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Alexandra Fair

Alexandra Fair

University of Reading Postgraduate Award, University of Reading - History

I completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Miami University of Ohio. As a student, working with grassroots organisations dedicated to women’s medical educations sparked my interest in the relationship between intellectual history and policy. My postgraduate research examined evolutions in post-war American eugenic rhetoric and raised questions about the international influence of these ideas. At the University of Reading my research will continue to investigate how eugenic ideology informs discourse about social inequalities. The Fulbright will challenge me to think globally about how theorists navigate these questions. As I build academic relationships, volunteering with the Friends of the Harris Garden will connect me with the wider community in Reading and indulge my passion for gardening. Upon my return I look forward to continuing the transnational research I begin in the UK as a PhD student in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Until then, I eagerly anticipate immersing myself in British culture and finding a favourite spot for afternoon tea.

Jakob Hanschu

Jakob Hanschu

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Critical Theory and Politics

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Jakob Hanschu

Jakob Hanschu

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Critical Theory and Politics

I am originally from Hillsboro, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University in May 2019 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and Geography. This past summer I conducted cross-disciplinary environmental research as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates programme focused on Interdisciplinary Geospatial Approaches to Watershed Science. I discussed agricultural drainage’s role in transforming Iowa’s wet prairies into productive corn fields, the environmental impacts of this change, and ways to mitigate those impacts. This project led me to consider the role that different types of landscapes play in creating environmental problems and how and why certain landscapes exist. At the University of Nottingham, I will explore how multiple assemblages of humans, nonhumans, policies, markets, histories, ideologies, and materialities entangle themselves with one another at different scales to (re)produce specific landscapes. I intend to critically examine how a given landscape’s positive and negative impacts are unequally distributed across different historical, geographic, and social contexts. This project is theoretically concerned with how scholars can study landscapes as both products and producers of certain forms of human-environment interactions and environmental governance. The long history of landscape (trans)formation in the U.K. makes it an excellent place to pursue these studies. 

Larry Herrold

Larry Herrold

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - History

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Larry Herrold

Larry Herrold

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - History

What caused me to take the leap from rural Pennsylvania to England? As an aspiring historian, I see the connectivity of places through their shared history, and how that history can impact the world today. Pennsylvania is rich in British colonial history, which is intimately intertwined with American and indigenous history. This year I recently graduated from Susquehanna University with my BA in History and Religious Studies. While at SU, I served the History Department as the Medical Humanities Fellow and as a teaching assistant for the History Methods class. I will be undertaking my Fulbright project at the University of Kent in Canterbury, as I pursue an MA in Modern History. I will be examining archival material related to British policies on American Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. Coupled with my prior research on American and Pennsylvanian policy towards this same demographic, I aim to demonstrate how states’ actions impacted one of history’s largest political refugee populations. History is a living, breathing field, a point I have the opportunity to demonstrate through Fulbright in researching the pressing issue of refugee movements. My hope is that, in the midst of this research into the past, I can establish personal connections with existing refugee populations in southern England through my love of ecclesiastically-based community service.

Natasha Hessami

Natasha Hessami

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Social Policy

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Natasha Hessami

Natasha Hessami

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Social Policy

I am a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in math. My academic love for science has never interfered with my personal passion for equity and social justice. While at Western I engaged in multiple spheres - I was a tutor, a peer health educator, club leader, and I regularly volunteered supporting homeless youth in my city. My final year, I served as the Associated Student Vice President for Governmental Affairs where I coordinated campus wide political engagement and student led lobbying efforts - a job that took me from Olympia to Washington DC advocating for student interests. As a dual-citizen American/Canadian, I am aware of how different health care structures affect citizen well-being: physically, mentally, and financially. With this in mind, I am pursuing an MSc in Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. As a Fulbright student, I will have the opportunity to learn and immerse myself in a country with government-run healthcare as I investigate impacts to marginalized citizens. When not studying, I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and reading. I am confident the rainy Glasgow winter will be reminiscent of home as I move away from the rainy Pacific Northwest.

Sydney Hunter

Sydney Hunter

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Archaeology

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Sydney Hunter

Sydney Hunter

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Archaeology

I am originally from Ellicott City, a small historic town in Maryland, and recently graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Archaeology. As an undergraduate, I focused on environmental archaeology, investigating how societies of the past interacted with, affected, and were affected by their environments. For my senior thesis, I analysed plant micro-remains, known as phytoliths, to investigate agricultural production and environmental change at the archaeological site of Sim-Ata in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. I sought to complete my master’s study in the United Kingdom because of the unique emphasis placed on archaeological sciences at UK universities. At the University of Liverpool, I will take classes on the archaeology of the Near East and various materials analyses and will focus specifically on archaeobotany for my thesis work. I will conduct research at the Liverpool Archaeobotany Laboratory, focusing on human-environmental interactions and early agricultural development in the Near East. I hope to combine the skills I learn through my classes and research at the University of Liverpool to conduct multidisciplinary research in my future postgraduate study.

Devin Jacobsen

Devin Jacobsen

University of St Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Linguistics

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Devin Jacobsen

Devin Jacobsen

University of St Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Linguistics

In his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein famously wrote: “[…] the limits of the language […] mean the limits of my world.” Along these lines, just how language has been able to convey information for the last hundred thousand years while signifying little to nothing fascinates me. Paradigmatic of this phenomenon are loanwords – words taken from one language by another – which retain and push against meaning as they travel from culture to culture. My studies at St. Andrews will explore which, how, and why certain Greek and Latin loanwords got assimilated into English in early medieval England. As I research my dissertation, I plan to make use of St. Andrews’s resources like its Institute of Medieval Studies, Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature and special collections. Yet mostly importantly, I am thrilled to work with Christine Rauer, whose edition of The Old English Martyrology will be essential for my research on the transmission of vocabulary from the continent to England. I am an avid hiker and classically trained violinist and look forward to playing sonatas to the Munros, straths, and valleys on treks through the Highlands.

Gerrard James

Gerrard James

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Acting

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Gerrard James

Gerrard James

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Acting

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and I graduated with my M.F.A in Acting from Pace University in 2017. I recently played the character Lank in Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit 67’ at The Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. I fell in love with London three years ago when I studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for eight weeks over the summer. Getting the opportunity to go back and study again, but this time in a longer and more intense capacity, is a dream come true. The theatrical productions, museums, and different cultural areas are all aspects of London that I cannot wait to explore further. My Fulbright project will explore the evolution of diversity in the British theatre and American film industries. I want to research how British theatre has evolved to include BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) actors in lead roles whereas in The United States, these types of opportunities for people of colour have been more prevalent in the television and film industries.  One play that I am really looking forward to seeing while I’m in London is Peter Gynt at The National Theatre!

Bhavya Jha

Bhavya Jha

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, The Faraday Institution - Environmental Studies

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Bhavya Jha

Bhavya Jha

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, The Faraday Institution - Environmental Studies

I’m from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2017 with a B.S.F.S in International Politics and a Certificate in International Development. I developed an interest in technology while interning and thus sought policy and legal experience in the industry after college. I joined Tesla’s Environment, Health, and Safety team in June 2017 and rapidly learned many aspects of battery technology. I found myself asking more questions about the life cycle of lithium-ion batteries, which I eventually sought to answer for the industry at-large. A Fulbright-Schuman seemed to be the ideal avenue to combine my interest in cultural exchange with my pursuit for research in the EU where there are evolving battery policy frameworks. While in Europe, I will pursue research and development in battery recycling processes and policy implementation in Brussels (September-December), Berlin (January-March), and finally London (April-June) where I will work with The Faraday Institution. I will have the opportunity to explore battery recycling, raise awareness of issues, and engage with stakeholders in-person and in labs across the EU. In my free time, I enjoy running, learning languages, and dancing; I’m looking forward to meeting people through running clubs or dance studios and learning more about local culture! 

Gabriel Lipkowitz

Gabriel Lipkowitz

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Biology

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Gabriel Lipkowitz

Gabriel Lipkowitz

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Biology

I was born in Syracuse, New York, grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and for college attended Princeton University, in New Jersey. At Princeton, I studied molecular biology, whose potential to address major societal challenges in human disease, food, and energy I found inspiring. Like many sciences today, molecular biology has become truly a global enterprise, with international collaborations between scientists increasingly frequent and important. While all my research experience to date has been in America, I became interested in pursuing my field in the United Kingdom, which invests heavily in the biological sciences, after working with an English exchange student in the lab during college. At Imperial College London during my Fulbright scholarship, I will be approaching my field from an interdisciplinary approach: namely, using powerful computational approaches from the School of Engineering to address questions in genomics. Even more important than the science itself, during my Fulbright year I am very excited to meet and befriend British scientists, as well as those researching at Imperial who come from other countries. Outside of academics, I love bicycling, swimming, playing tennis, refereeing soccer (I mean, football!), reading, exploring cities, and spending time with friends and family.

Kayla Matteucci

Kayla Matteucci

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, King's College London - International Relations

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Kayla Matteucci

Kayla Matteucci

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, King's College London - International Relations

Growing up in New Mexico, I viewed nuclear weapons as a relic of the Cold War, divorced from my community’s present and future. Upon beginning an internship at Sandia National Laboratories in my hometown of Albuquerque, however, I came to grasp that New Mexico remains enmeshed in the production of nuclear weapons, and that they shape our world every day. I study nuclear policy because it has never failed to disorient me and, ultimately, reorient me as a better global citizen and more engaged researcher. As a Fulbright Scholar in London, I will work with government and academia to study nuclear disarmament verification. In recent years, many Cold War-era disarmament agreements have disintegrated due to a lack of trust between treaty partners. In this uncertain environment, I aim to think ahead, asking how we can devise future treaties to both stand the test of time and inspire confidence among stakeholders. I chose the United Kingdom because it is at the forefront of such research, leading global efforts to improve disarmament verification. In my free time, I am a jazz and blues keyboardist. Beyond my Fulbright research, I look forward to joining London’s music scene and becoming a regular at local jams.

Victoria McCraven

Victoria McCraven

SOAS University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS University of London - Art and Architectural History

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Victoria McCraven

Victoria McCraven

SOAS University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS University of London - Art and Architectural History

I’m originally from Cheshire, Connecticut and recently graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in geography and a minor in art history. At Dartmouth I founded D-Step, Dartmouth's step team and reactivated Dartmouth's Pi Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. My senior year I worked directly with the curator of American Art as the Homma Family Intern at the Hood Museum. At Dartmouth I have made continued efforts to bring attention to black artists, designing my own exhibition Black Bodies on the Cross which examined the intersections of religion, colonisation and blackness. As geography major and art history minor, I continued to study history through an interdisciplinary lens and found that through studying the history of art, I could bring a new perspective to our understanding of African-American History and culture. I hope to study lost chapters in our history such as the American Colony of Liberia, examining the colony and its significance through 19th century photography. Studying in London is an amazing opportunity for growth and intellectual inquiry and SOAS provides the best resources to study early West African photography and colonisation. In London, I look forward to becoming more involved in performance arts. In my free time I enjoy hiking and nature walks and as a photographer and vlogger I cannot wait to document my Fulbright journey.

Miren Mohrenweiser

Miren Mohrenweiser

Queen’s University Belfast PhD Award, Queen's University Belfast - History

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Miren Mohrenweiser

Miren Mohrenweiser

Queen’s University Belfast PhD Award, Queen's University Belfast - History

I’m originally from Brighton, Michigan, and graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in 2017 with a B.A. in History, English Literature and French. Though I began studying Irish history through a literature course in 2013, it wasn’t until I visited Belfast two years later—surrounded by its people and their memories—that I began to feel the full weight of this past. When I returned to Butler, I became increasingly fascinated by cultural history and the different ways in which fractured communities create space for conversation and reconciliation. My research as an undergraduate prompted an interest in how public memory intersects with prison politics that I’ll continue to explore as a Fulbright scholar. Through the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, I will incorporate my study of Irish history with direct engagement with the community to understand how Irish women both inside and outside the prison system understood themselves within the context of the Irish Troubles and how their struggle for both identity and memory has shaped modern Irish history. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I can often be found growing purple vegetables or sewing my own clothes, and I’m eager to incorporate these other passions into my life in Belfast over the next three years.

Shiv Nadkarni

Shiv Nadkarni

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Anthropology

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Shiv Nadkarni

Shiv Nadkarni

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Anthropology

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behaviour (Neuroscience) and a minor in Chemistry. I have also trained in Indian classical dance for 16 years and have earned my bachelor’s degree (Vishaarad level) in Kathak from the Samved Conservatory of Indian Classical Music and Dance. My passions in medicine and dance have conflicted many times so I was relieved when I discovered medical humanities and narrative medicine, fields which blur the line between the art and science. Producing podcasts for Doctors Who Create and choreographing dance to illness narratives has shown me the unique ways in which the arts can inform and enrich medicine. Coordinating a dance therapy intervention program at the American Autism Association last summer cemented my interest in pursuing this creative, untapped space and I hope to continue this quest abroad. With my Fulbright award, I will be studying dance anthropology at the University of Roehampton considering the larger historical context of dance which I can use to inform my career in medicine by helping me frame disease and illness in the same context of humanity. I hope to spend my free time in London volunteering at a paediatric clinic and exploring the cultural melting pot of the city through the performing arts.

Jordan Ogle

Jordan Ogle

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - Literature

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Jordan Ogle

Jordan Ogle

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - Literature

A lifelong Hoosier, I graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College, a liberal arts institution in west central Indiana, with a B.A. in literature and a minor in philosophy. Though initially drawn to the intersecting fields of literature and philosophy by the later-Romantics’ fascination with the metaphysical and the psychological, I spent the latter part of my undergraduate career considering the post-structuralist implications of the Confessional poets – the clear inheritors of the Romantic “I” – and the ways in which the poetry of mid-century America reflected and unsettled notions of gender and power.

As the Student Assistant Director of the Wabash College Writing Center, I had the opportunity to shape the curriculum for incoming writing consultants, bringing awareness to the importance of identity and affect within pedagogic spaces, while sharpening my own teaching skills. In 2018, I was named the inaugural Julia Rosenberg Writing Fellow for my research presented at the International Writing Centers Association Conference and my work within Wabash’s Center itself.

As a Fulbright Fellow, I will continue my research at Exeter into the Confessional movement alongside Professor Jo Gill, a leading expert in mid-20th century American poetry, in the English literary studies M.A. program. I intend to engage with the local community through literature while completing my M.A., working with a local bookstore to attract readers to join me in poetry readings and a book club to discuss American and British storytelling and its impact on our lives. Following my time at the University of Exeter, I will begin my doctoral work in American poetry and feminist theory.

Renee Ormond

Renee Ormond

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award, University of East Anglia - Development

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Renee Ormond

Renee Ormond

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award, University of East Anglia - Development

I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, and received a B.A. from Colorado State University in International Studies with a concentration in Latin American Studies. I first realized the importance of international relations when I served as a student ambassador to Zhenjiang, China in 2010. From there, my interest in international development and social justice grew, and I spent 2015-2019 working on community development projects in Colombia, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. I chose the University of East Anglia because it has one of the premier programs for international development in the world. I want to make an enduring impact through grassroots cooperation between individuals and international non-profits that build inclusive and equitable communities. At UEA I will acquire the tools to create more effective community development projects that maximize community benefit, while exploring intersectionality within development. Fulbright will give me the opportunity to dive into my studies while immersing myself in UK culture. In my spare time I love exploring local cuisine and spending time outdoors, hopefully accompanied by a good book!

Juhi Patel

Juhi Patel

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - History

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Juhi Patel

Juhi Patel

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - History

I have lived in Tennessee for nearly my entire life and graduated in 2019 from the University of Tennessee. I have been interested in healthcare from a young age, but I have always wanted more than a stagnant educational route. I started my undergraduate career as a pre-med Microbiology major, then added a Classics major two years later. I was deeply interested in finding a balance between the two fields, which led me to study the immunology of the 5th-century-BCE Athenian plague, a deadly disease exacerbated by an influx of refugees sentenced to poor living conditions. This interdisciplinary research is what led me to apply for a Fulbright grant to study the History of Medicine in the UK. In addition to academics, I plan to bring my previous research into modern world by studying forced migration and intercultural contact by working with local support groups for refugee-seekers. Being a part of the Fulbright community will offer valuable opportunities as I work towards my career goals. In the future, I plan to attend medical school and work with international humanitarian organizations. While in the UK, I look forward to supporting my favourite team by attending a Premier League football game!  

Cherish Prickett

Cherish Prickett

University College London Postgraduate Award, University College London - Risk, Disaster, and Resilience.

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Cherish Prickett

Cherish Prickett

University College London Postgraduate Award, University College London - Risk, Disaster, and Resilience.

Home for me is Lilburn, Georgia, a small city in Metro Atlanta. I started this journey at a local community college, Georgia Perimeter College, where I graduated with an A.S. in Engineering in 2015. Three years later, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program with a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a B.A. in German. During my undergraduate program, I completed several multidisciplinary research projects including an astronomy project in La Serena, Chile and as a Goldwater Scholar and a recipient of the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, an electric vehicle optimization project in Braunschweig, Germany.  I developed a passion for humanitarian logistics research after stumbling across a paper that focused on optimizing the location of disaster relief shelters for hurricane victims. I plan to focus on sudden-onset events that affect large population centers and tend to cause further events that are disasters in their own right. While at University College London, I will conduct research with the Cascading Disaster Research Group at the Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction. The Fulbright will give me an opportunity to gain a unique view of this field as well as engage with the local community. I am looking forward to hiking, attending musicals and football matches, and volunteering with a local equine therapy organization. 

Hailey Riffe

Hailey Riffe

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

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Hailey Riffe

Hailey Riffe

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

I am a recent graduate of Queens University of Charlotte where I majored in Communications with a minor in International Relations. I have been asked countless times why a Communications student would want to delve into the world of international politics; my answer is simple. Politics affects every aspect of our lives and affects us on a personal and global scale. It bridges objective fact and subjective speculation that poses challenges which have been pestering humanity since the conception of government. I figured it best to obtain a degree outside of my native country. When learning about Fulbright I thought there would be no better opportunity than to immerse myself completely within a culture so very different than my own. I used to think that the United States and the United Kingdom were similar, given that both countries speak English and that the United States was a former colony of the UK. For all our commonalities, there are even more things that make each place unique. I am honoured to have the opportunity to complete my master’s program at Aberystwyth University and look forward to all the memories and friends I am sure to make along the way!  

Clariza Saint George

Clariza Saint George

King’s College London Postgraduate Award, King's College London - Addictions Research

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Clariza Saint George

Clariza Saint George

King’s College London Postgraduate Award, King's College London - Addictions Research

I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2017 with my A.M. in Social Service Administration and from Northeastern Illinois University in 2014 with my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. As a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I have most recently served as a department director with a private substance abuse treatment facility and as a therapist at a non-profit dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment centre. The historical oppression of women manifests in many ways in today's society; including healthcare. Despite the volume of research demonstrating a positive relationship between trauma and substance use, many treatment centres do not implement trauma-informed care. The stigmatisation of alcohol and other drug use by our society is another reason why substance users may be hesitant to engage in life-saving treatment services. While at King's College London, my research aims to conduct a realist evaluation of US and UK healthcare policy in regards to the trauma-informed care practises for female opioid users with posttraumatic stress. In my free time, I enjoy the theatre, figure skating, ballet, reading, concerts, crossword puzzles, and volunteer work.  

Kim Sawicki

Kim Sawicki

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Biology

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Kim Sawicki

Kim Sawicki

EU Schuman Postgraduate Award, University of St Andrews - Biology

Through achieving dual-degrees in Pathobiology and Allied Health sciences, my undergraduate work prepared me for a future career in epidemiology, studying the One Health Initiative. 

In collaboration with St. Andrew’s University (Scotland) Scottish Oceans Institute and the Marine Institute (Republic of Ireland), my work explores current successful efforts in the EU which preserve cultural coastal fishing communities through the utilization and implementation of innovative technologies. My work will be shared with domestic fisheries partners and marine conservation experts who seek to expand sustainable fishing practises.  

Emma Schlauder

Emma Schlauder

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

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Emma Schlauder

Emma Schlauder

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

I am from Connecticut and graduated from Boston University with BAs in History and Archaeology with a minor in Classical Civilization. My love for the past started at a young age and grew through museum trips and travels. Much of what we know of past civilizations comes from burial contexts and my archaeological focus grew out of a series of finds that reshaped what we knew of the past. During my undergraduate studies, I received the opportunity to excavate alongside Dr George Milner of Penn State University in Denmark where he served as my mentor. Through Fulbright, I will attend the University of Sheffield for their MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. Studies in this field are not offered in the United States due to its colonial past. Additionally, Sheffield is the only school that combines the cultural study of graves with the scientific study of remains. I look forward to exploring historic sites in the UK. Ultimately, I will gain a doctorate in museum studies. Through organising exhibits that showcase differences/similarities in funerary practises, I hope to achieve a level of understanding amongst extinct/existing cultures. Learning about other cultures is key to promoting acceptance in our continuously divided world.  

Darrius Shaw

Darrius Shaw

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award, UCL Institute of Education - Science Education

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Darrius Shaw

Darrius Shaw

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award, UCL Institute of Education - Science Education

I am originally from Willingboro, New Jersey, but I grew up 40 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in secondary education. Following my graduation, I taught 7th grade Biology at Crabapple middle school in Roswell, Georgia from 2015 to 2019. During my four years as a middle school teacher, I coached girls’ and boys’ basketball and tennis, sponsored the no place for hate club, and served as a representative for the 7th grade positive behaviour intervention and support committee. During the summer, I instructed a fast-paced high school biology course at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). My experience at CTY, allowed me to acquire educational strategies that best suites gifted students. While at UCL, I will earn a master’s degree in science education. For me, this will broaden my access to strategies for reaching learners who lack an interest in the STEM field, and underrepresented groups, like women, people of colour, and differently-abled learners, to be involved in science. In my free time, I love to attend concerts, play tennis and basketball, and eat different cuisines. While in the UK, I hope to attend Wimbledon in the summer of 2020.  

Chloe Shevlin

Chloe Shevlin

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Quality and Safety in Healthcare

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Chloe Shevlin

Chloe Shevlin

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Healthcare is my passion. My dream is to optimize care pathways in hospitals in the United States by working to improve healthcare accessibility as an industrial engineer. In 2018, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Health Systems Engineering. I want to spend my life creating a more equitable and effective healthcare system that better serves our families, communities and country. Currently, I support the Duke Cancer Institute as a Health Systems Engineer, working to answer questions related to patterns in disease group volume, patient geographic origin trends and primary payor mix breakdown. Under the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, healthcare is truly seen as a right rather than a privilege. I envision incorporating some of the principles of the NHS to increase accessibility of care. In my program at Leicester, my ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between health professionals and academic researchers by inspiring dedication to the science of improvement. While at Leicester, I plan to be involved in the group fitness programme as I am an avid cycling and strength training instructor. I am also looking forward to exploring some of the best hikes in the United Kingdom!  

Garrett Snedeker

Garrett Snedeker

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Music

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Garrett Snedeker

Garrett Snedeker

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - Music

I grew up in Ellensburg, WA, and received my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from Washington State University. I come from a musical family, and my mother first taught me piano. Two years ago, I explored the life and music of Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935), Brazil’s first female professional pianist. After my research, I gave presentations on how her life can inspire social change today. Her life taught me that music has the power to ignite social change and inspires me to play music to build and empower communities. In London, I will study the final Beethoven piano sonatas as examples of progressive twenty-first-century gender ideologies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the guidance of musicologist Dr Sophie Fuller. At the Conservatoire, I will be using music as a cultural and educational tool to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. My research falls under feminist musicology, which investigates how western music shapes and reflects our culture. In my research, I hope to make classical music more accessible to audiences through cultural connections, and to deepen listeners’ understanding of the world around them. As a Fulbright scholar, I’m thrilled to be a musical ambassador in the UK. I can’t wait to be a volunteer in musical and LGBTQ+ organisations while in London.  

Jasmine Stoltzfus

Jasmine Stoltzfus

Queen’s University Belfast Postgraduate Award, Queen's University Belfast - Global Security and Borders

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Jasmine Stoltzfus

Jasmine Stoltzfus

Queen’s University Belfast Postgraduate Award, Queen's University Belfast - Global Security and Borders

During my time at the University of California, Davis and afterwards, my work and research has focused on issues of human movement. I initially became involved with the undocumented student centre on my campus and later with refugee resettlement and advocacy efforts in my community and the middle east. My honours thesis centred on the history of the US Green Card Lottery programme and opened with the story of an immigrant couple who arrived from Belfast during the 1980s. I’m looking forward to living in a city I have written about, but have never had the chance to visit, as I study how the north-south Irish border issue unfolds during Brexit. The island’s complex relationship with conflict and religion also draws me to Belfast. While in the US, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of groups that promote dialogue among those of different backgrounds and faiths. This led me to study in Jerusalem as part of an honours programme in 2017. I hope to engage with similar interfaith organizations in Northern Ireland—but first, I’m going to attempt to travel the full length of the Irish border! 

Emma Weatherford

Emma Weatherford

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Public Health

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Emma Weatherford

Emma Weatherford

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Public Health

I recently graduated from Baylor University, in Waco, TX. What do screen doors have to do with fighting malaria? Why should doctors care about the health of crows? While such issues may seem unconnected, they are in fact tightly linked: screen doors prevent mosquitos from entering homes, while West Nile virus fatalities among crows can signal coming outbreaks among humans. As an aspiring doctor, I am fascinated by these connections. Furthermore, I am motivated by the inequalities that they often produce in human populations. As an aspiring doctor, I hope one day to mitigate such inequalities by providing health care in an underserved area in the United States. Through the Fulbright award, I will prepare for a career in medicine by studying One Health at the Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the One Health program, I will study human, animal, and environmental health, learning how these fields intersect in the context of infectious diseases. Upon arriving in London, I am excited to plunge into British life and to share the culture of Texas with my new neighbours. I especially look forward to seeing the Royal Ballet and visiting the site of the Broad Street pump. 

Kalie Weninger

Kalie Weninger

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award, University of Manchester - Governance and Public Policy

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Kalie Weninger

Kalie Weninger

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award, University of Manchester - Governance and Public Policy

I’m a proud Pacific Northwesterner and alumna from Willamette University where I graduated in 2015 with majors in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. I volunteered for multiple social service organisations focusing mostly on providing equitable access to education and housing. This led to my eventual work: assisting and advocating for those experiencing homelessness/living in poverty. During a vacation to the UK, I noticed news station broadcasting stories about how the City of Manchester had pledged to end homelessness by 2020 and was intrigued by how they planned to accomplish such a target. Being a Fulbrighter had been a dream of mine since high school and this was the opportune moment to study policy at the epicentre of this undertaking. I took the leap and made the decision to apply for this opportunity. While in Manchester, I will be examining the policies put forward by the local government to solve homelessness. Eventually, I hope to share the best practises and successes of this initiative with policy leaders in the US in order to improve our efforts to address this issue. Outside of the academic sphere, I’m looking forward to exploring Manchester’s Northern Quarter, hiking in the Lake District and cheering on Manchester City Football Club.  

Jamie Wheeler

Jamie Wheeler

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Language and Literature.

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Jamie Wheeler

Jamie Wheeler

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Language and Literature.

I grew up in Katy, Texas, and graduated from Baylor University in May 2019, receiving a B.A. in the University Scholars Program with concentrations in Classics, German, and Renaissance & Early Modern Studies. Primarily a classicist during my undergraduate years, I have nevertheless always been intrigued by the intersection between the classical and early modern worlds. I wanted to explore the complex relationships of influence and interpretation that shaped not only early modern culture but also our contemporary understanding of the classical world. At York, I will draw on my classical training as I approach this intersection from the other side, studying under some of the world’s foremost experts on early modern literature. My M.A. dissertation will focus on how English republican writers of the seventeenth century used and interpreted the Roman poet Lucan. I enjoy writing and have published both scholarly articles and poetry, including a forthcoming article in Classical Philology. On a lighter note, I enjoy sewing, reading, and music and one of my personal goals while at York is to learn Scottish country dancing. Long-term, I plan to earn a Ph.D. and become a college professor, either in Classics or English. In either case, I anticipate keeping a foot in both fields through my research and teaching.  

Tazetta Yerkes

Tazetta Yerkes

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Art and Architectural History

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Tazetta Yerkes

Tazetta Yerkes

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Art and Architectural History

I graduated from California College of the Arts with a BA in Visual Studies, and from Johns Hopkins with a MSEd in Elementary Education. After hopping around the country, I found an instant home in New Orleans, where costuming is mandatory and gleeful wackiness is never in short supply. There I wrote an art curriculum that served hundreds of young learners. I also guided budding artists in set design and public mural painting. During my Fulbright term at Northumbria University, I will explore which artists can best spark a child’s journey of self-discovery in an unstable environment. Examining introspective trends in contemporary British art, I will integrate these into a youth art curriculum. All students and families -particularly those in New Orleans- deserve the same creative opportunities that I was given as a child. I see a future in which an intentional, relevant art curriculum meets the needs of all public-school students. To me, this opportunity means having the time, space and resources to characterise what excellence looks like in today’s responsive art classrooms. I am excited to explore new artwork, continue my own practise, and to wear a coat!