2020-21 American Postgraduate Award grantees

Tomas Arango

Tomas Arango

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

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Tomas Arango

Tomas Arango

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

Tomas graduated from Rice University with a BA in Economics and Policy Studies. As an undergraduate, he was very interested in the movement of people, and how it shapes and is shaped by political, legal, and economic systems. He has worked in academic, government, and non-governmental settings on migration, development, and human rights issues. In his free time, he volunteers with an immigration and asylum non-profit organisation interpreting asylum hearings and translating immigration documents.

He will be pursuing a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Sussex, one of the leading development research centres in the world, where he will be seeking an MA in Migration Studies. Over the course of the grant, he hopes to learn more about UK and European migration legal and policy frameworks through Sussex’s multidisciplinary approach. Following his year in the UK, he will be attending Harvard Law School with the goal of pursuing international public interest law in the future.

Lauren Auyeung

Lauren Auyeung

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

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Lauren Auyeung

Lauren Auyeung

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

Lauren is a dancer, choreographer, and artist based in NYC. She recently graduated from Princeton University, where she studied Dance, Architecture, and Urban Studies. Lauren is inspired by physical virtuosities of hip-hop and is passionate about bringing hip-hop dance into traditionally Western-dominated dance spaces.

On her Fulbright, Lauren will be researching the history and aesthetics of the hip-hop dance movement in the United Kingdom through the context of a Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Dance Conservatory.

Veronica Balick

Veronica Balick

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Biology

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Veronica Balick

Veronica Balick

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award, University of Nottingham - Biology

Veronica recently graduated with her BS degree from a small, liberal arts school in rural Maryland, where she majored in Biochemistry and Biology. During her undergraduate years, she had the opportunity to work on several cancer research projects during summer internships. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for cancer research, particularly immunotherapy, which aims to use the body's immune system to fight cancer. She was also able to study abroad in Prague for a semester, which sparked a desire to continue her education in a foreign country. The University of Nottingham proved a perfect fit with its MSc course in Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology. As the only program in the world which focuses specifically on this area of cancer research, the course will provide a unique experience for Veronica to learn about this important and quickly growing field. Veronica is also excited to explore the culture of Nottingham. As a UNESCO City of Literature, with a large literary history, Veronica looks forward to exploring its libraries and cafes. She also plans to volunteer with cancer patients and their families at Nottingham City Hospital.

Mary Anna Ball

Mary Anna Ball

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Dance

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Mary Anna Ball

Mary Anna Ball

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award, University of Roehampton - Dance

Mary Anna, a West Virginia native, graduated from Marshall University in 2019 with a B.A. in Humanities: Classics and Latin, as well as a minor in Ancient Greek. She also has studied classical ballet for 18 years, and performed with the Charleston Ballet in Charleston, West Virginia for 4 years in the corps de ballet and 5 years as a soloist. In 2017 she worked as the Associate Producer of the Emmy-award winning documentary, Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet, which blended her passions for history and dance, and helped her dive deeper into the history of dance and ballet.

At the University of Roehampton, Mary Anna intends on focusing her research on the changing roles and perceptions of performance and dance through history from classical antiquity, with a special focus on the ballerina in the Romantic Era. While in London, she also plans on establishing a choreographic exchange between local ballet schools and associations and her native Appalachia, as well as enjoy and explore the vibrant arts and dance life across the city.

Brandon Bergsneider

Brandon Bergsneider

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Biology

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Brandon Bergsneider

Brandon Bergsneider

Imperial College London Postgraduate Award, Imperial College London - Biology

Brandon, originally from Los Angeles, California, recently graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Human Biology,  andwhere he completed an honours thesis studying the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Driven by his family’s own history of cancer, Brandon ultimately hopes to become a physician-scientist dedicated to treating patients with cancer. However, before attending medical school back in the States, he will be pursuing a Master’s in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology at Imperial College London. Bioinformatics has the potential to revolutionise medicine, and Brandon hopes to gain new research skills that will allow him to develop therapies for cancer in the future. At the same time, he recognises that therapies are only as effective as the number of people who can access them. He has volunteered at a free clinic in San Jose for the past three years, and he is excited to volunteer in NHS hospitals learning new ways to improve healthcare accessibility in the US. Brandon has also worked as a professional surf instructor and outdoor trip leader, and for fun, he is excited to explore different surf spots, hiking trails, and national parks throughout the UK.

Molly Bergum

Molly Bergum

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

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Molly Bergum

Molly Bergum

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

Molly is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science and a second major in Biology, Society, and Environment. Molly grew up in Northern Wisconsin and loves exploring the plants in the surrounding forests and wetlands. While working on an honours thesis performing research in the University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology and the United States Department of Agriculture Cereal Disease Laboratory, Molly became interested in studying plants that are agriculturally important due to their relevance at the interface of environmental and human health. With the Fulbright Award, she will be joining The Sainsbury Laboratory as a PhD student at the University of East Anglia to research durable disease resistance in barley, which will enable Molly to contribute to the global effort of developing resistant crops for improved food security and climate change resilience. Molly is excited to learn from experts in the field at The Sainsbury Laboratory and become immersed in life in Norwich, UK. In her free time, she looks forward to exploring the historical city, learning about local food production, and engaging in science outreach in the community.

Grace Betts

Grace Betts

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Urban Planning

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Grace Betts

Grace Betts

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award, Cardiff University - Urban Planning

Grace's childhood as a competitive gymnast pointed her towards health-related pursuits, but it was not until she spent a semester studying urban planning in Copenhagen, that she began to understand the critical role the urban environment plays in public health and climate change. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology and minors in Statistics and Sustainability, Grace began a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, which has allowed her to dive deeper into the social and environmental determinants of health. In Cardiff, home to the newly funded Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, she will be studying low-carbon urban planning as well as cycling infrastructure, policy, and behaviour in a mid-sized car-dependent city. With her interdisciplinary training, her goal is to make cities healthier and more resilient to the effects of climate change through urban health policies and evidence-based planning and design. While in Cardiff, Grace looks forward to hiking and biking throughout Wales’ rich nature and numerous castles, and maybe taking trapeze lessons at NoFit State, UK’s leading circus company.

Lois Biggs

Lois Biggs

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Art History

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Lois Biggs

Lois Biggs

University of Leeds Postgraduate Award, University of Leeds - Art History

Lois is a Cherokee and White Earth Ojibwe researcher and museum worker. She recently graduated from Northwestern University, where she wrote a thesis on the visual and literary culture of the Alcatraz occupation. At Northwestern, Lois worked for the Block Museum of Art, served as co-president of Northwestern’s Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance and spun records at the university’s radio station. Lois plans to build on her professional experiences at the Block, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art by working as a curator. She will look to craft exhibitions that centre Native American and Indigenous perspectives and will work toward structural change in the museum world. Lois is excited to continue her studies at the University of Leeds, in a department renowned for cutting-edge art historical research. The department’s emphasis on connections between the art and the social worlds will support her dissertation research and prepare her for future curatorial projects. Outside of the classroom, Lois looks forward to exploring Leeds’s thriving independent music scene and getting used to biking on the opposite side of the road!

Kiana Boroumand

Kiana Boroumand

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Social Sciences

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Kiana Boroumand

Kiana Boroumand

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award, University of Bristol - Social Sciences

Kiana graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Sociology and English and a minor in Latin American Studies, and has since worked as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Poverty and Inequality Research Lab. As an undergraduate, she was the Executive Director of the Foreign Affairs Symposium, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Review, Editor-in-Chief of Américas: The Johns Hopkins Journal of Latin American Studies, and a senator in the Student Government Association. For her honors thesis in sociology, she studied social welfare in the Nordic countries and conducted her fieldwork over two summers in Iceland and Denmark. Before that, she studied abroad in Havana, Cuba and at the London School of Economics, which sparked a desire to return to the UK for further study. Kiana will be earning an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies, which will provide a bridge between her background in sociology and the path she hopes to pursue in law. She is particularly excited to live in the vibrant city of Bristol, and looks forward to exploring Bristol’s famed street art, visiting its many galleries and museums and seeing plays at the Bristol Old Vic.

Mylie Brennan

Mylie Brennan

Queen's University Belfast PhD Award in Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

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Mylie Brennan

Mylie Brennan

Queen's University Belfast PhD Award in Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

Mylie first visited Belfast during a study abroad trip in 2014 where she was shocked to learn about the Troubles and was fascinated by the success of the peace process. Brennan later focused her master's thesis on the impact of personal and political identities on peace in Northern Ireland, which made her want to understand identities in Northern Ireland even more. Particularly interesting in terms of political identity is the "Good Friday Agreement Generation" in Northern Ireland, which is made up of people born after the Troubles had ended in 1998. This cohort was too young to vote in the 2016 Brexit referendum, meaning that they were caught between two huge historical events in Northern Ireland (the Troubles and Brexit) with no say in their country's policies or future. Brennan's project aims to understand how these young people identify politically, which will provide insight into how and why they vote. She also hopes this project will provide insight into young people's attitudes toward voting and politics globally. Brennan will be joined in Belfast by her husband, Hunter, and their cat, Meowsers, and they can't wait to enjoy all that Northern Ireland has to offer.

Amelia Burnette

Amelia Burnette

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathyclyde - Law

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Amelia Burnette

Amelia Burnette

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathyclyde - Law

Since obtaining her juris doctor from the University of North Carolina, Amelia's career has focused on protecting a healthy environment. Originally from the Southern Appalachians, Amelia grew up with the largest expanse of public lands in the eastern U.S. in her backyard. Surrounded by national forests, she learned the importance of healthy, wild ecosystems to sustaining communities. An immigration law course during undergraduate studies sparked Amelia’s interest in law as a mechanism to protect vulnerable populations. While a study abroad experience allowed her to see how poor pesticide management from agricultural operations has impacted communities in Central America. Equipped with practical legal experience, Amelia is excited to revisit the cross-cultural experiences that drove her to advocate for a healthy environment. Her research will examine a rights-based approach to achieving climate justice. She looks forward to engaging with Strathclyde Law School’s climate change litigation initiative and working with its research centres in human rights and environmental law. In her free time, Amelia enjoys exploring wild places and is excited about adventures that await her family in Scotland.

Emma Carlson

Emma Carlson

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Medical Sciences

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Emma Carlson

Emma Carlson

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award, University of Sheffield - Medical Sciences

Microbiology, especially the subfield of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), has been at the forefront of Emma’s academic interests. At thirteen she was introduced to AMR while attending an NIH program at Montana State University. AMR has become an alarming problem as bacteria are evolving faster than medicine has adapted. To become a part of the solution, Emma obtained a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Colorado College while performing advanced research throughout the academic year and summer breaks. She also graduated with a B.A. in Classics , realising historic and modern cultures, as well as her current cultural community, are just as important to her as scientific pursuits. Emma has learned, during her time in college, that her passion is more than about “saving the world” through science. For her, interactions between people through medicine, service, or music are the building blocks for change. Through her exchanges in the MSc in AMR program at the University of Sheffield, she hopes to continue building these types of relationships while working toward her goal to contribute to the global scientific community.

Madisen Caster

Madisen Caster

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Museum Studies

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Madisen Caster

Madisen Caster

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award, University of Leicester - Museum Studies

Madisen graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in History and a minor in Art History. During this time, she presented research at three conferences discussing historical myths and 10th-century judicial torture. She has always had an interest in British history and she decided that she wanted to work directly with artifacts that have survived for centuries. Following her BA, Madisen worked for a year at a local museum and developed a greater understanding of the need for inclusive and adaptive practices in this field. She helped develop programs for people with hypersensitivity, as well as a virtual reality program to make information more accessible to people of all abilities. The United Kingdom is at the forefront of innovation to make cultural institutions accessible spaces and during her time at Leicester, she will learn how to ensure her work in museums is inclusive. Madisen is excited to listen to and learn from communities that are not her own, while getting to visit sites and museums she has only studied from afar. The list of historical sites she plans to visit is continuously growing and she is enthusiastic to begin checking off each one.

Saheel Chodavadia

Saheel Chodavadia

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

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Saheel Chodavadia

Saheel Chodavadia

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

Saheel was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Economics and a Minor in Psychology. He is passionate about policy that empowers vulnerable populations, such as rural farmers and refugees, and has worked with the Ministry of Justice and Equality in Ireland, the Government of South Africa, the Government of Cambodia, and the World Bank to democratise opportunities for refugees and develop cash transfer programs targeted towards pregnant women and children. Saheel has also published research on the intersection of biometric identity and refugee rights. At Duke, he served as a Student Body Vice President, the President of the Hindu Students Association, the President of the Duke Impact Investing Group and a member of several university-level committees including the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility and the Library Council. At LSE, he will pursue an MSc in Economics and plans to later take this subject on to a PhD. He hopes to use his Fulbright to gain global exposure to development assistance and economics research in an effort to develop cross-cultural strategies of coordinated financing to improve outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jeremy D'Silva

Jeremy D'Silva

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - Biology

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Jeremy D'Silva

Jeremy D'Silva

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Queen Mary, University of London - Biology

With a BS in mathematics from the University of Michigan, Jeremy is pursuing a career in biology research, applying mathematical techniques to problems in cancer and chromatin biology. He has already worked with a number of experts in this field. With Professor Marisa Eisenberg, he has developed models for the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic, and studied the identifiability of infectious disease models. With Professor Arul Chinnaiyan and Dr. Sethu Pitchiaya, he has also developed a computational pipeline for microscopy images, in order to study spatial and transcriptional heterogeneity in cancer cell populations. Jeremy is delighted to be working with Professor Trevor Graham at Barts Cancer Institute during his Fulbright where he will develop spatial models of the interaction between tumours and the immune system. The goal is to better understand the parameters influencing the tumour-immune interaction, which could inform future immunotherapies. In addition to his research, he plans to form connections within the UK mathematical biology community. He also hopes to play chamber music (as a violinist) and rekindle his involvement in choral music.

Rahul Dadwani

Rahul Dadwani

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Economics

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Rahul Dadwani

Rahul Dadwani

University of York Postgraduate Award, University of York - Economics

After graduating from Baylor University with a B.A. in University Scholars in 2017, Rahul began school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he is currently a 4th year medical student. At Pritzker, Rahul has engaged in research focused on the intersection of health policy and health economics. Additionally, he has been a student-leader through the Choosing Wisely initiative, which seeks to incorporate value-based principles into medical education. Following medical school, Rahul plans to pursue a combined medicine-paediatrics residency in order to care for both children and adults with childhood chronic illness. He is excited to participate in the Fulbright programme this next year, through which he will travel to the University of York to obtain a MSc in Health Economics. He hopes this experience will enable him to improve the care for individuals with childhood chronic illness and provide him with the skills to develop better ways to measure quality of life in paediatric populations. Aside from his academic pursuits, Rahul is excited to take advantage of beautiful countryside of Yorkshire, exploring the surrounding natural parks while making sure to social distance safely!

Geghie Davis

Geghie Davis

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Design

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Geghie Davis

Geghie Davis

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award, Northumbria University - Design

Geghie, of Maynardville, Tennessee, graduated the University of Tennessee (UTK) in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Geghie pursued various opportunities and achieved many honours and awards at UTK. She became a Gold Award winner at the undergraduate research and creative achievement exhibition, EURēCA, for her animated design work on the dangers of music students developing tinnitus. She also interned as a motion designer for Discovery Inc. in Summer 2019 and again the following year in the Spring as a web/interaction designer. While at Northumbria University in the UK, Geghie will pursue her Design MA studying the use of communication design to move the masses in support of common causes and goals. Geghie will focus on how the UK successfully accomplished this task with their 2020 campaign to provide 100% of their citizens with modern Internet access. She hopes the UK’s efforts could be duplicated in the US for rural America. In her free time, Geghie wants to get involved in student gaming societies and channel her inner southern cooking for her new friends!

Emma Ettinger

Emma Ettinger

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Creative Writing

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Emma Ettinger

Emma Ettinger

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Creative Writing

Emma is a theatre artist pursuing an MA in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute. She is a graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at Syracuse University, where she wrote and directed "And the Women Cried" – a female-centered adaptation of Shakespeare's history plays – and has stage managed for several regional and youth theatre organisations in the US. Emma values the collaborative nature of theatre and looks forward to creating new work with her cohort at the Shakespeare Institute. She enjoyed celebrating Shakespeare 400 in the UK during her undergraduate semester abroad and is excited to continue to explore the bard’s place in UK culture – particularly in Stratford-Upon-Avon where her studies will be based. As a playwright and dramaturge, Emma is focused on exploring the ways we re-tell classic stories for today’s world. She looks forward to experiencing some of the new ways in which Shakespeare’s words will continue to resonate when theatres re-open.

Caraline Gammons

Caraline Gammons

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Veterinary Medicine

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Caraline Gammons

Caraline Gammons

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award, Royal Veterinary College - Veterinary Medicine

Caraline completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Geography at Villanova University. A Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient, Caraline was an active member of the Curry Lab, and completed an undergraduate thesis on achromatic plumage brightness in Black-capped, Carolina, and Hybrid Chickadees. She also enjoys working as a veterinary assistant, helping treat small animals as well as exotics. Throughout her undergraduate career Caraline developed an interest in geography, research and veterinary medicine, and how the three can be used to study the relationship between human, animal, and environment health. Caraline is thrilled to spend her Fulbright year completing a master’s degree in One Health at the Royal Veterinary College in London, followed by a four-month research project abroad. Upon completion of her Fulbright year, Caraline intends to attend veterinary school in pursuit of a career in veterinary research.

Stephanie Grimes

Stephanie Grimes

King's College London Postgraduate Award, King's College London - Art History

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Stephanie Grimes

Stephanie Grimes

King's College London Postgraduate Award, King's College London - Art History

Stephanie is both an art historian and digital strategist. She combines her love for cultural heritage with practical technology skills to create digital resources for museums. She began this work as an Art History graduate student at George Mason University where she learned how to present historic content using digital media. Inspired by museums that were putting their collections online, Stephanie went on to work for the J. Paul Getty Museum, the United States Capitol, and Ball State University, developing innovative ways for these institutions to present their historic collections to large audiences. Stephanie will apply what she learned from working with academic and cultural institutions to her own studies as a PhD student with King’s College London’s world-renowned Department of Digital Humanities. She is beyond excited to return to her first love, ancient Roman antiquities, to question how the digital realm uniquely contributes to the reception of ancient Roman art. Outside of her studies Stephanie enjoys open-water swimming, a skill she acquired growing up in Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. She’s looking forward to joining a swim team as a way to meet local Londoners and participate in this event.

Joe Guidubaldi

Joe Guidubaldi

University College London Postgraduate Award, University College London - Neuroscience

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Joe Guidubaldi

Joe Guidubaldi

University College London Postgraduate Award, University College London - Neuroscience

Joe recently received a B.S. in Biological Science with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Florida State University. He dedicated the majority of his undergraduate years to research in neuroscience, undergraduate teaching and pursuing his lifelong love of music. Joe will expand his neuroscience training into the clinical arena by pursuing a MSc degree in Cell and Gene Therapy from University College London where he will perform collaborative research with Prof. Jonathan Gale at the UCL Ear Institute. Together, they will work to uncover the genetic mysteries surrounding hearing damage as they attempt to develop potential genetic and regenerative treatments. Outside of the lab, Joe plans to immerse himself in London's art and music. Whether it be at UCL or a few blocks away at the Barbican Centre, he hopes to connect with locals through their shared passion for culture. After his time in the UK, he plans to build an academic career in Translational Medical Research. By sharing his experiences with future students and by placing an emphasis on international collaboration within his research program, he hopes to close the gaps in our global community while empowering future generations to do the same.

Ashlin Hatch

Ashlin Hatch

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Postgraduate Award, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Theatre Arts Directing

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Ashlin Hatch

Ashlin Hatch

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Postgraduate Award, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Theatre Arts Directing

Ashlin is pursuing her MA in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Her studies are a project of wondering: how can collaborative theater-making techniques be mobilized toward creating radically inclusive educational spaces? Ashlin is co-founder & resident director of Rhizome Theater Company, an applied theater ensemble that makes interview-based performances in partnership with communities across the United States. Alongside her work in theater, Ashlin also makes podcasts, concerts, films, and interactive immersive spaces. An interdisciplinary artist by nature, Ashlin mixes media to create work that starts parties, bares witness, cultivates intimacy, and sparks connections. Her recent collaborative partners include Virgin Entertainment, Night Vale Presents, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, the National Neurotrauma Society, amfAR, and NPR. Ashlin is a graduate of the Reed College Theatre program, a member of Phi Beta Kappa & Ring of Keys, an emergent strategist, a collector of uniquely patterned socks, a coffee lover, an enthusiastic dancer, an ardent believer in the power of softness, an aspiring garden-maker, and a practitioner of joyful curiosity.

Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Acoustics

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Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award, University of Southampton - Acoustics

Being from a rural town in upstate New York, where livestock outnumbers the population, Greg enjoys hiking the forest in his backyard, and singing and dancing to electronic dance music. A skilled trombone player, an electronic musician and an engineer at heart, Greg has an affinity for music technology, which motivated him to build his first transducer at 18 years old. Four years later, after two additional loudspeaker inventions, a degree in Audio and Music Engineering from the University of Rochester, research experience with distributed mode loudspeakers, and an internship at Apple, Greg will study at the University of Southampton, where he will earn his master’s degree in Acoustical Engineering from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. At Southampton, Greg will explore the active control of acoustic properties in enclosed environments, researching methods to mitigate induced noise from external sources. Afterwards, Greg will continue this research and his education at Duke University as a doctoral candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department researching acoustic metamaterials supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Alison Hight

Alison Hight

Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award, Bangor University - History

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Alison Hight

Alison Hight

Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award, Bangor University - History

Alison is a PhD candidate in Modern European History at Rutgers University focusing on nineteenth century Britain and Ireland. She is a proponent of the Four-Nations approach to British history, which emphasizes the diverse relationships between England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The multi-nationality of the United Kingdom and its vast nineteenth century empire is at the heart of her dissertation project, which traces the overlapping development of imperial and Four-Nations identities. Alison is excited to be the first recipient of the Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award. She will draw from Bangor University’s archives to trace how the politics of language and higher education galvanised Welsh, British, and imperial perspectives in the late nineteenth century. While on her Fulbright, Alison hopes to learn more about the Welsh language from the region’s vibrant Welsh-speaking community.

Madeleine Hughes

Madeleine Hughes

Queen's University Belfast Postgraduate Award in Global Security and Borders, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

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Madeleine Hughes

Madeleine Hughes

Queen's University Belfast Postgraduate Award in Global Security and Borders, Queen's University Belfast - International Relations

Madeleine’s journey to the Global Security and Borders programme at Queen’s began as an undergraduate at Boston College. There, she became dedicated to absorbing the stories of marginalised women across the city of Boston, serving as a resident advocate at a shelter for women and children and then organising a leadership camp for homeless girls. She also participated in a Prison Arts Collaborative that facilitated an art-therapy group for inmates at a Massachusetts women’s prison. These experiences deeply influenced her thesis that investigated the dynamics of public policy on homelessness that erase the struggles of impoverished women. At Queen’s, she hopes to foster her interest in women’s advocacy through a completely different lens – immigration policy and violence against female refugees. Madeleine is so grateful for the opportunity to live in Belfast – a city that is a living reminder that the borders that divide us can also be bridged. Her experience at Queen’s will allow her to translate her learning into a career dedicated to women’s rights in government or with a non-profit making sure that the voices of all women, not just those in power, are heard.

Jenika Katz

Jenika Katz

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Business

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Jenika Katz

Jenika Katz

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award, University of Strathclyde - Business

Jenika has a B.A. is from Bennington College and an M.A. in Instructional Design from the University of Central Florida. She has spent the last 9.5 years working for Universal Parks and Resorts, where she has worked on everything from ride operation to global design standards. At Strathclyde, Jenika will be studying migrant employee retention in the hospitality industry. Hospitality's already high turnover is magnified in migrant worker communities and Jenika wants to study methods to increase employee satisfaction and longevity in these vulnerable populations. She will utilise the University of Strathclyde's excellent business network to identify Scottish businesses in the hospitality industry and, over the course of her PhD, identify causes of employee turnover and help local businesses implement reduction strategies. In her free time, Jenika volunteers as an English language instructor for the Adult Literacy League and as a princess character for Give Kids the World Village. She hopes to find similar opportunities to give back to the community in Glasgow. She is also very excited to work on new fibre arts and see castles- perhaps at the same time!

Thomas LeClair

Thomas LeClair

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Biology

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Thomas LeClair

Thomas LeClair

Bangor University Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Biology

Thomas, from Mount Vernon, Washington, will be earning an MSc in Marine Biology at Bangor University. While doing so, he hopes to learn about how human activity causes change in marine ecosystems and what measures can be taken to mitigate these effects. He is particularly interested in understanding the critical factors impacting health in cetacean species (whales and dolphins). The knowledge and skills he will gain from this experience will be put to work researching practical solutions to help create a more sustainable future.

While in Wales, Thomas plans to take full advantage of the country’s natural beauty and historic attractions. Whether exploring the coast, hiking in Snowdonia, or touring castles, he will put his free time to good use. An avid choral singer and organist, Thomas also looks forward to engaging with the musical side of Bangor and, pandemic permitting, experiencing the famous Welsh choral tradition first-hand. Following the completion of his Fulbright, Thomas intends to earn a degree in veterinary medicine, which will open the door for him to work hands-on with marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.

Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman

University of St. Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St. Andrews - Interdisciplinary Studies

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Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman

University of St. Andrews Postgraduate Award, University of St. Andrews - Interdisciplinary Studies

Emily has spent her life between the worlds of theology and English, majoring in English literature at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and then pursuing an M.A. in theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Now her two loves are coming together at the Institute for Theology, the Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Thanks to her Fulbright grant, Emily will be pursuing a PhD in Theology, the Imagination, and the Arts over the next three years, writing on existentialist narrative and Catholic moral theology. Particularly thrilling is the chance to learn about others’ narratives of their lives – especially in the context of a multicultural experience – while studying narrative from a research perspective and helping expand the burgeoning field of interdisciplinary theological studies. Upon her return to the US, Emily looks forward to sharing her UK experience and her studies of narrative through teaching, writing, and building community.

Aria Mia Loberti

Aria Mia Loberti

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

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Aria Mia Loberti

Aria Mia Loberti

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

Aria graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rhode Island where she majored in Philosophy, Communication, and Political Science, and minored in Rhetoric and in Ancient Greek. She will pursue her MRes in Rhetoric at Royal Holloway, University of London, which connects Ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric to contemporary global issues. Aria will explore how depictions of female voices in the Ancient Greek canon have contributed to our contemporary conceptions of gender. Aria is also an advocate for gender equity and disability rights, particularly for people who, like her, are blind or vision impaired. She has shared her scholar-activist work through academic conferences and journal publications. Alongside her Guide Dog, Ingrid, Aria additionally has been a speaker at the United Nations, youth delegate to U.N. Women, and featured in outlets such as the Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and TED, through which she hopes to dismantle stereotypes surrounding blindness and disability. In the UK, Aria looks forward to volunteering at human rights organisations and is eager to immerse herself in London's incomparable libraries.

Penelope Lusk

Penelope Lusk

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - Humanities

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Penelope Lusk

Penelope Lusk

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award, University of Exeter - Humanities

Penelope is from Brooklyn, New York, and as a Fulbright postgraduate student at the University of Exeter, she will deepen her studies of English literature and the health humanities through completing the MA in English Literary Studies. Penelope graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in English literature and History and has spent the past three years working in medical education research at the Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research at New York University. She combined her interest in healthcare education and the humanities through completing her master's in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, from which she graduated in 2020. At Exeter, Penelope is especially excited to engage with the scholarship of Exeter's interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. The global coronavirus pandemic has added new dimensions to her belief in the importance of integrating the humanities into healthcare, and Penelope is looking forward to learning more about health education in the United Kingdom. In addition to her studies, Penelope hopes to explore the beautiful southwest region, especially the beaches!

Jake Meadows

Jake Meadows

University College London Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Business

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Jake Meadows

Jake Meadows

University College London Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award, University College London - Business

Jake graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Bioengineering along with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Product Design. At Pitt, his fascination with entrepreneurship began when his design team invented a product for people with Parkinson's disease and started hearing, “I need this thing you've built – where can I buy it?” By co-founding a health technology start-up, he found meaning in exploring all of the pieces that must fit together to get his projects into the hands of the people for whom he designed them. Later, he started a program called Classroom to Community, which empowers students to transform their academic projects into real-world impact. Jake is pursuing a Masters in Entrepreneurship at UCL. He plans to use his dissertation to help promote the global shift in health technology from expensive and intimidating to affordable and empowering. In his free time, he enjoys photography and cycling. He looks forward to exploring the culture, architecture, and landscapes of the United Kingdom along bike trails and through the lens of his camera.

Michael Monicatti

Michael Monicatti

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

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Michael Monicatti

Michael Monicatti

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

A Pacific Northwest native, as an undergraduate Michael performed roles in over ten university productions. Hungry for deeper classical training, at the end of his sophomore year, he participated in a summer intensive at Shakespeare’s Globe through the Fulbright UKSI. The brief, excellent training he received in London inspired him to return to the UK the following summer to study international art at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There, a dream to cultivate a transatlantic career became an intention. He graduated from the University of Washington in the Spring of 2017 with a B.A. in Drama Performance and Communications. Meanwhile, Michael has performed regionally with ACT, Seattle Rep, and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O. Through this work, he has become a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. This Fulbright Award will allow him to supplement his American contemporary actor’s training with classical extended physical and vocal training, unique to LAMDA and the UK. Throughout the year, he plans on seeing as much theatre as he can, building a professional network abroad, and experiencing the legendary treasures of the English countryside.

Maeve Moran

Maeve Moran

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Psychology

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Maeve Moran

Maeve Moran

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award, University of Stirling - Psychology

Maeve recently graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Temple University. Maeve’s time as a geriatric unit hospital volunteer, EMT, rural housing organisation volunteer, and home health aide alerted her to the failures of the US healthcare model in serving the elderly. Maeve’s work as a public health research assistant on NIH-funded projects cemented her interest in geriatric care issues such as end-of-life ethics, health literacy, and the socioeconomic determinants of healthy aging. Maeve will pursue an MSc in Health Psychology, investigating how psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors contribute to physical and mental health within geriatric populations. Maeve is particularly looking forward to studying in Scotland, where legislative provisions for geriatric care are prioritised, and to her work placement in an NHS setting, where healthcare is a right. Maeve’s hope is that her time as a Fulbrighter will inform her future work advocating for geriatric interests and universal healthcare back in the US. In her free time, Maeve enjoys hiking, playing pub trivia, and rooting for her hometown Philadelphia sports teams – she cannot wait to explore the Scottish Highlands, find a new trivia team, and become Celtic FC’s newest supporter!

Nathaniel Morrison

Nathaniel Morrison

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award, Lancaster University - Physics

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Nathaniel Morrison

Nathaniel Morrison

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award, Lancaster University - Physics

Nathaniel completed his B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, in spring of 2020. While there, Nathaniel pursued both physics and mathematics research, studying nonlinear optical materials for use in next generation laser safety glasses and applying computational methods to knot theory. Nathaniel also had the opportunity to participate in an NSF-funded summer internship in Paris, helping to design optical systems to improve the sensitivity of measurements at the Virgo Gravitational Wave Observatory. In addition to research, Nathaniel also worked in his university’s children’s science museum and taught part of a first-year calculus course. At Lancaster University, Nathaniel will pursue a Master’s in Physics, focusing on low temperature systems that help answer fundamental questions about quantum mechanics. He also hopes to apply his teaching experience to Lancaster’s various outreach programs at local primary and secondary schools. An avid hiker, Nathaniel looks forward to joining Lancaster University’s hiking club, taking a break from the deserts of Southern California to explore the different kinds of terrain in Northern England.

Sacha Moufarrej

Sacha Moufarrej

SOAS, University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS, University of London - Anthropology

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Sacha Moufarrej

Sacha Moufarrej

SOAS, University of London Postgraduate Award, SOAS, University of London - Anthropology

Sacha graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Music. For her thesis, she completed a meta-analysis and systematic review on polysomnographic findings in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Through her coursework in neuroscience and the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at the University of Washington, as well as her experiences shadowing health care professionals in Lebanon and France, she was exposed to the neurophysiological study of trauma and current trends in global health and migration. This inspired a passion for researching trauma in vulnerable displaced populations. At SOAS, Sacha will study the nexus between mental health, displacement, culture and politics. She also plans to work with organisations in London that provide medical resources to refugees, and to reach out to government officials to get an inside look at the policy-making process of the UK's Department of Health and Social Care. She is also excited to get involved with a London-based choir and instrumental ensemble. Sacha has developed a long-term interest in medicine and plans on attending medical school upon returning to the US.

Michael Munson

Michael Munson

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Biology

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Michael Munson

Michael Munson

University of Liverpool Postgraduate Award, University of Liverpool - Biology

Micheal graduated from Baylor with a BA in Biochemistry. In college, Micheal developed a smart-phone app capable of detecting various eye diseases and worked towards elucidating the molecular mechanism responsible for group 1 pulmonary hypertension. In addition to his research interests, Micheal led Kids Are Scientists, Too, (KAST), a non-profit devoted to implementing experimental approaches in primary education across the nation. Micheal's research experiences have inspired him to further explore other avenues in biomedical research before he decides on what to study in his PhD. At the University of Liverpool, he will primarily focus on developing hydrogels capable of delivering a plethora of therapeutic agents that may one day be delivered to patients. Micheal hopes to take this experience with him to further inform how he can most contribute to reversing paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries.

Erin Nelsen

Erin Nelsen

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

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Erin Nelsen

Erin Nelsen

Aberystwyth University Postgraduate Award, Aberystwyth University - International Relations

During Erin’s time at St. Catherine University and afterward, her work and research have focused on women’s security and empowerment. This involvement took shape in Senator Klobuchar’s campaign, and later with Department of State internships in Dakar, Hanoi, and D.C. Erin is especially proud of a contribution she drafted for the International Telecommunications Union to enable women and girls’ development. The International Relations master’s degree at Wales’ Aberystwyth University provides the perfect platform to research women’s experiences and security as Brexit unfolds. Specializing in Feminist Security, Erin will focus on economic theory and policy and expand her knowledge through Feminist Approaches to Security and Indigenous Politics courses. She seeks to use her lived experiences in Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe to lend a comparative research lens. Erin has seen dedicated public servants make unquantifiable contributions to peoples’ lives. She, too, hopes to enhance others’ lives by serving her country in a globally-informed way. Erin looks forward to attending Aberystwyth University and learning about the Welsh people and culture along the way.

Julio Obscura

Julio Obscura

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Royal College of Art - Filmmaking

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Julio Obscura

Julio Obscura

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Royal College of Art - Filmmaking

Julio spent his childhood in Mexico City before immigrating to Laredo, in Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M International University with a B.A. in Communications before embarking on a career as a professional storyteller. His experience in the visual arts has allowed him to work for some of the most iconic and important figures in American politics. Most recently he has served as the Creative Director and Official Photographer for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. There, he candidly documented the Speaker’s work as well as leading the branding and design of important Bills from the House between 2016-2020. Julio will be doing his MA in Digital Direction at the Royal College of Art. Inspired by Oscar award-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s critically-acclaimed art installation “Carne Y Arena” (Flesh and Sand), Julio plans to create immersive experiences using new digital technologies. He intends for these vivid experiences to inform and connect people by generating empathy. His goal with this work is to creatively address some of the most pressing problems facing the world today, including racism and climate change.

Megan Olshefski

Megan Olshefski

Durham University Postgraduate Award, Durham University - Archaeology

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Megan Olshefski

Megan Olshefski

Durham University Postgraduate Award, Durham University - Archaeology

Growing up in a small town on California’s Central Coast, Megan's love for the great-outdoors, history, genealogy, and archaeology was nurtured by her antique-collecting, history-loving family. She received a Bachelor's in History from UCLA with a focus on women's history in Early Ancient Rome before working in the Television Industry as a Researcher and Producer - focusing on historical-documentary style programs. When invited to join an archaeological excavation with Dr. Christopher Gerrard and Dr. Christine Graves of Durham University, she knew the time had come to return to academia. Megan's PhD will continue Durham's ground-breaking research on Scottish prisoners of war from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, who were forced to leave home and establish their lives in New England, Barbados, and France. Through comparative research of other 17th-century forced migrants and the analysis of archaeological material culture and historical documents Megan will determine how 17th-century forced migrants built their lives and passed on a memory of home to their descendants. She is eager to bring to life these long-forgotten stories and additionally looks forward to exploring the historical sights and natural wonders of the United Kingdom.

Ben Pontz

Ben Pontz

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

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Ben Pontz

Ben Pontz

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

During a summer internship several years ago, Ben saw first-hand what a successful civic apparatus at the local level can look like. Since then, he has been interested in how local policymaking might be made more effective and more equitable. Studying governance and public policy at the University of Manchester, Ben intends to research the implications of devolution in the United Kingdom and add a comparative perspective to his frame of reference in anticipation of a lifetime in the civic arena. Ben holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in May 2020. After his Fulbright grant, he plans to attend Harvard Law School. In addition to his interest in politics and public policy, Ben is a musician who served as drum major of his college marching band and played euphonium in his college wind ensemble. He has also worked in journalism both professionally and as a co-curricular activity and has won awards both for news and opinion writing. He looks forward to exploring both British Brass Bands as well as British newspapers!

Stefan Romero

Stefan Romero

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Art History

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Stefan Romero

Stefan Romero

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award, University of Glasgow - Art History

A multidisciplinary artist and researcher, Stefan is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BXA Intercollege Degree Program. Studying two distinct yet complementary disciplines – history and costume design – he became interested in exploring the sociopolitical ramifications of dress in traditionally underrepresented groups. As an undergraduate, Stefan conducted research and fabricated period garments utilizing traditional techniques at Colonial Williamsburg and the School of Historical Dress in London. For his thesis, he researched the sartorial narratives of 18th century runaway slaves in colonial America, receiving the John Hope Franklin Award for African American Scholarship and graduated with honours and Phi Beta Kappa. In the School of Drama, Stefan designed costumes for mainstage, black box, and film productions, and has since worked in the film and television industry in New York City. In Glasgow he will complete a Masters in Dress and Textile History, researching the politicization of dress in 18th-century Scotland and hopes to design a costume exhibit based on his findings. As an avid runner and artistic explorer, Stefan is excited to encounter Scotland’s sheep-inhabited terrain, remarkable architecture, and the vibrant creative community of Glasgow.

Neel Roy

Neel Roy

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - Public Policy

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Neel Roy

Neel Roy

University of Kent Postgraduate Award, University of Kent - Public Policy

Public policy deliberations can be messy affairs. Often, their rhetorical excesses leave participants wanting for greater objectivity and rigor. Econometric analysis offers just that by counting, comparing outcomes, and observing trends, which together yield the understanding communities need to craft and implement evidence-based policy. This academic approach greatly excites Neel and, further, fuels his eagerness to begin studying at the University of Kent. As an undergraduate at Texas Tech University, Neel majored in Economics and minored in Mathematics and Chemistry. While there, he founded a nonprofit organization, which serves over 750 disadvantaged children; contributed to an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s study; and competed with the university’s mock trial team. After graduating, he worked as the policy aide to the State Chief Medical Officer in New Mexico. Neel is now eager to apply these experiences to his Fulbright research, which is focused on the health of migrant populations. Canterbury is a gorgeous town, and he is excited to immerse himself in its community and culture. He is especially keen to explore its centuries-old urban infrastructure and to hike the many trails in and around the town!

Sahil Sandhu

Sahil Sandhu

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - Public Health

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Sahil Sandhu

Sahil Sandhu

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award, Newcastle University - Public Health

Originally from California, Sahil recently graduated from Duke University with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in health innovation. He first became interested in healthcare after traveling to Western Kenya to help deliver an HIV prevention intervention. Since then, he has worked on various local and global health innovation research projects, ranging from artificial intelligence tools to new healthcare payment models. Sahil’s particular passion has been on the social determinants of health. While at Duke, he founded a program to help patients connect to community resources for their unmet social needs like food and housing. He wrote his thesis on workforce models to identify and respond to patients’ basic needs. At Newcastle University, he will pursue an MSc in Health Services Research to learn more about the U.K.’s innovative models to integrate health and social services. Long term, Sahil plans to attend medical school in the U.S., with the goal of pursuing a career at the intersection of medicine, health policy, and innovation. In Newcastle, he is also looking forward to living less than ten miles away from the sea and the opportunity to play “real tennis” – a 16th-century precursor to modern tennis originating in England.

Samir Streatfield

Samir Streatfield

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Engineering

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Samir Streatfield

Samir Streatfield

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award, University of Warwick - Engineering

Samir is a 2019 graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he studied military history and physics. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will study for an MSc in Humanitarian Engineering at the University of Warwick. This degree program explores the technical side of humanitarian work in fields including water security, urban planning, and post-conflict reconstruction. Samir plans to focus his individual research on the removal of landmines across varied terrain and diverse societies in Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Colombia. After one year in the UK, he will return to the US Army and resume his duties as an Engineer Officer, better equipped to deal with humanitarian crises and ready to spread expertise in the force.

Zaakir Tameez

Zaakir Tameez

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

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Zaakir Tameez

Zaakir Tameez

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

Zaakir graduated from the University of Virginia with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political & Social Thought. He will be studying for an LLM in Law and Economics. Zaakir believes deeply in inclusive economic growth, where all people have a fair share in economic prosperity. He has incorporated this mission into his studies at UVA and will continue on this trajectory at Queen Mary. At UVA, he studied economics with Professor Kenneth Elzinga, under whose supervision he completed a senior thesis on Antitrust and Big Tech. For one summer, he also interned with Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate in Economics at Columbia University. At Columbia, he was a research assistant for a paper on Puerto Rican sovereign debt restructuring that was co-authored by Martin Guzman, then-professor at Columbia and now the Minister of Economy of Argentina. At Queen Mary, he will continue his work on antitrust by learning how European and British law approach competition and tech policy differently from the US. He will then take this knowledge back to the US to complete his law degree at Yale Law School.

Rana Thabata

Rana Thabata

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

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Rana Thabata

Rana Thabata

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

Rana is the daughter of two Palestinian immigrants and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Truman scholar, she graduated from Loyola University with degrees in political science and economics. There, she served in the student government, led a council that supported diverse organisations on campus, and explored inequality through the Jesuit lens of social justice with Ignacio Volunteers. Rana focused on implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on campus and served as a diversity officer for a student run communications agency. New Orleans has been the laboratory for education reform in the United States and students have undoubtedly felt those consequences. She delved into school choice research and focused directly on how student performance data can inform policy. She has a passion for increasing access to public education. At the Institute of Education, she will study for an MA in Policy Studies in Education where she looks forward to analysing UK and US education policies, particularly as they relate to school choice models and accessibility. Outside of class, she looks forward to immersing herself in British tea culture and going to the London Central Mosque for Friday prayers.

Jonathan Vogel

Jonathan Vogel

Aston Martin Coventry University Automotive Postgraduate Award, Coventry University - Automative Engineering

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Jonathan Vogel

Jonathan Vogel

Aston Martin Coventry University Automotive Postgraduate Award, Coventry University - Automative Engineering

Jonathan recently graduated cum laude from Clemson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A lifelong car enthusiast, he used his undergraduate education to pursue his passion in the field of vehicle dynamics and gain experience in the automotive industry. This journey began on the Clemson Formula SAE team, where he helped design and build open-wheel race cars to compete in international competitions. At the International Center for Automotive Research, he created new projects exploring the application of carbon fiber in race car suspensions and the development of a novel full-vehicle design methodology utilising multi-objective optimisation. During his MSc in Automotive Engineering, Jonathan aims to use the latest innovations in electric technology to interrogate current axioms of vehicle design and uncover new ways to develop meaningful experiences in cars. In the UK he will position himself at the forefront of the motorsport industry, such as Formula One, which will provide the creative and fast paced environment needed to innovate and explore new ideas. He is also incredibly excited to engage with the London jazz scene, and continue his adventures in music and performance.

Katelyn Wilder

Katelyn Wilder

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Creative Writing

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Katelyn Wilder

Katelyn Wilder

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, Bangor University - Creative Writing

Katelyn spent her North Carolina childhood "playing" others on stage and diving into literature. She discovered that this required both an understanding of and an openness to personal experiences across the world. Exploring stories filled her free time, and she began writing novels. At Appalachian State University, something divine moved her to deviate from her “more practical” life plan and write full time. As she grew more confident, she returned home to produce plays she wrote and teach creative writing workshops. Gradually, she became more specific about the changes she wanted to see in the world, who she would inspire and whose stories she wanted to highlight. Many Welsh poets and novelists have inspired her, as has Wales' turbulent coal history and successful sustainable present. Their willpower motivated Katelyn to work towards this project under the mentorship of Bangor University's astonishing creative writing staff by writing a cli-fi short story collection inspired by research and interviews with sustainability activists and scholars in both Wales and Appalachia. These misunderstood communities are working towards sustainability, connectivity, and a happier world, and Katelyn can only hope her project will do them justice.