2021-22 American Postgraduate Award grantees

Sara Adkins

Sara Adkins

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award - Computer Science

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Sara Adkins

Sara Adkins

Queen Mary, University of London Postgraduate Award - Computer Science

Sara Adkins is a music technologist, guitarist and software engineer from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 with an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree in music technology and computer science. Sara has spent the past three years working as a Machine Learning Engineer at Bose, developing deep learning models for speech enhancement and adaptive audio content for sleep. Sara is passionate about promoting the use of machine learning and AI in the creative arts. During her time at CMU, she premiered three electronic compositions that showcased collaboration between human performance and generative music algorithms. She plans to continue this line of research at Queen Mary's Center for Digital Music, developing software systems that generate music alongside musicians in real time to create artificially-intelligent “performance partners”. She is excited to work with local musicians in London, designing new interfaces that make algorithmic composition and generative music more accessible. Sara is also looking forward to playing guitar in Irish music sessions, exploring London by bicycle, and enjoying great tea.

Sara Alavi

Sara Alavi

SOAS, University of London Postgraduate Award - Anthropology

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Sara Alavi

Sara Alavi

SOAS, University of London Postgraduate Award - Anthropology

Sara graduated from Brown University where she earned a BA with honours in Health and Human Biology on the social context of health and disease track. She developed an interdisciplinary interest in the intersections of social justice, healthcare, and community wellbeing. She earned the George W. Hagy Prize in Human Biology, awarded to a graduating student for their embodiment of the interdisciplinary spirit of the Human Biology program at Brown. Her honours thesis centred the perspectives of Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Specialists who share lived experiences such as incarceration, substance use, and mental illness with their clients. This project was carried out in partnership with the Lifespan Transitions Clinic, a clinic providing holistic, relationship-centred care for formerly incarcerated people. During her Fulbright at SOAS, she hopes to apply her learning to the study of the cultural underpinnings of approaches to community wellbeing in communities marginalized by Western medical systems. Sara is excited to learn more about NHS care after custody programming for formerly incarcerated patients in the UK. As an avid reader, tea-lover, baker, and appreciator of nature, she is overjoyed to explore the libraries, cafés, and green spaces of London and the rest of the UK.

Emma Belanger

Emma Belanger

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Chinese Studies

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Emma Belanger

Emma Belanger

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, University of Birmingham - Chinese Studies

Emma was born in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark, and grew up in Denmark, Greece, and the US. Her multicultural childhood shaped her interest in foreign languages and cultures from a very young age. She began learning Mandarin and Russian in high school and college, spending her junior year abroad in Yaroslavl, Russia and Beijing, China. She graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a BA in Chinese and Russian Studies. While teaching English at an immigration services non-profit in Philadelphia, Emma became particularly interested in the question of cultural preservation within immigrant communities. She received a Fulbright Award to research the Russian immigrant community in Harbin, China. But, unable to go to China, she tweaked her research project to take place in the UK instead. Her new project will explore the history and development of Chinese immigrant communities in Birmingham and the broader UK. She hopes to get to know members of these communities and hear their stories during her research. Emma knows that she will feel at home in the UK, as she is a huge Premier League fan, and is looking forward to exploring the beautiful city of Birmingham.

Jessica Bond

Jessica Bond

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award - Journalism

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Jessica Bond

Jessica Bond

University of Sussex Postgraduate Award - Journalism

Jess Bond has had a passion for journalism since she picked up her first magazine at the age of 5. Ultimately, this led her to obtain her BA in Journalism at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, graduating cum laude in 2020. As a Chicago native, Jess has had an interest in understanding the role media plays in shaping marginalized communities' identity in society. She will be pursuing her MA in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Her intended master’s thesis will focus on Black British women during the second-wave feminist movement and how they utilized alternative media sources to spread awareness on social issues they were impacted by. Besides getting involved with on-campus media outlets, Jess is excited to explore Brighton’s fashion and music scene, while traveling to London when she can. Upon completing her MA, she intends to become an international journalist focusing on the intersection of race and gender.

Ashley Brunson

Ashley Brunson

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award - Genetics

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Ashley Brunson

Ashley Brunson

University of Southampton Postgraduate Award - Genetics

Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2021. She conducted research in the fields of both biochemistry and public health during her time at the University of South Carolina. This, combined with her studies of biochemistry and molecular biology, have prompted Ashley’s interest in research pertaining to the manifestation of cancer from a molecular and genomic level to a societal level. Ashley will attend the University of Southampton as a Fulbrighter in pursuit of an MSc in Genomic Medicine. Through this program, Ashley will learn how to utilize highly integrated sources to interpret complex genomic data in a manner that promotes efficacious translation into a clinic setting. Following the completion of the master’s program, Ashley will return to the US to pursue a Doctorate of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

Noah Bryant

Noah Bryant

Bangor University Postgraduate Award - Archaeology

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Noah Bryant

Noah Bryant

Bangor University Postgraduate Award - Archaeology

Noah is from Forsyth County, Georgia and graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2021 with a B.A. in History with and minor in Anthropology. Noah will be attending Bangor University in Bangor, Wales to pursue a MA in Celtic Archaeology focusing on the 3D replication of Celtic artifacts found in Bangor University’s collections. Noah has always been drawn History and Archaeology and serves as president of his university’s History Club and Student Archaeology society. During his leadership, the group undertook a project to 3D scan and digitize some of the artifacts within the collection of the History, Anthropology, Philosophy department at UNG. Noah hopes this experience will benefit him as he pursues his project at Bangor University. Noah also served as first Chair for the Student Senate as part of a new student government design adopted by the university. As a first-generation student, Noah worked alongside other students to form the Alpha Omicron chapter of the academic honor society Alpha Alpha Alpha, a society reserved for first-generation students. Being a first-generation student, Noah pursued every opportunity available, including Fulbright, where he hopes his unique background will help him broaden his understanding of the world around him.

William Byram

William Byram

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance - Dance

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William Byram

William Byram

Trinity Laban Postgraduate Award in Music & Dance - Dance

William Byram, born in Jackson, Mississippi, graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College in 2020 with a BFA in Dance. During his time at Purchase, he choreographed the first large-scale collaboration between the Conservatories of Music and Dance for the mainstage opera production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. This production received 2nd place in the 2020 National Opera Association Competition. His work has been performed at Dancers Responding to AIDS and Jazz Choreography Enterprises. This summer, he will be presented at the Battery Dance Festival in downtown NYC. William will pursue an MFA in Choreography at Trinity Laban. His proposed thesis project will be a movement theater piece focused on male fragility and aggression, exploring how they manifest in the body. The narrative for the work is adapted from a 1999 Human Rights Watch interview on men’s experiences with sexual assault. He also hopes to learn about British etiquette and discover the similarities between his Southern upbringing and culture. Upon return to the U.S., William plans to pursue a career in higher education dedicated to deconstructing gender in the classical arts and as a movement director/choreographer committed to access and exposure to the arts in the American South.

Anne Cardenas

Anne Cardenas

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, Swansea University - Oral History

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Anne Cardenas

Anne Cardenas

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, Swansea University - Oral History

Anne, of Valrico, Florida, is an oral historian and audio producer. After graduating from Florida State University in 2011, Anne worked in the Obama White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, responding to letters and gifts sent to the First Family. At the Department of Homeland Security, she coordinated the Secretary’s travel and briefed him during domestic and international trips, including an eye-opening visit to a refugee camp on the Turkey-Syria border. Anne’s lifelong love for history and interest in human rights and storytelling led her to the field of Oral History. Fuelled by her passion to record and preserve important stories, Anne received her Master of Arts degree in Oral History from Columbia University in 2020. At Swansea University, Anne will be working toward a Masters by Research in History. She will be conducting oral history interviews with Kindertransport survivors who settled in Wales prior to World War II and researching the history of the Kindertransport in Wales. She is honored to help archive and preserve this piece of Welsh history. When she’s not interviewing, Anne is looking forward to exploring the legendary walking trails in the Welsh countryside and finding her favorite local pub.

Carolyn Carper

Carolyn Carper

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award - One Health

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Carolyn Carper

Carolyn Carper

Royal Veterinary College Postgraduate Award - One Health

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Carolyn recently graduated from Baylor University with a self-designed B.A. in University Scholars, concentrating in Biochemistry and Political Science. After shadowing health professionals in Haiti, Carolyn became deeply interested in pursuing a career in medicine and equipping herself to improve health in undeveloped and developing countries. In college, Carolyn completed a research internship through the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Center of Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine under Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Maria Bottazzi. Witnessing that lab’s multidisciplinary approach and widespread impact, Carolyn has since diversified her research skills. She worked in a Biology lab focusing on mosquito surveillance and behavior in Waco, Texas, interned with a local advocacy organization, held a junior staff position with her U.S. Senator, and completed her honors thesis on comparative political development and healthcare in the Caribbean. At the Royal Veterinary College, Carolyn will build upon her background in science and policy by earning a Master’s of Science in One Health. She looks forward to learning from the faculty and researchers at the RVC and later sharing and applying those skills in Medical school and as a healthcare professional.

Alma Chavez

Alma Chavez

University of Kent Postgraduate Award - Forensic Anthropology

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Alma Chavez

Alma Chavez

University of Kent Postgraduate Award - Forensic Anthropology

Alma Chavez, of El Paso, Texas, graduated from New Mexico State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology, Psychology and Foreign Languages, and minor in Forensic Science. Through her coursework in forensic anthropology, as well as her experiences in shadowing physical anthropologists in different countries, she was exposed to human rights issues in skeletal remains. Growing up in the U.S.-Mexico borderland region, Alma noticed a serious security problem for women and undocumented border crossers that has led to their unsuccessful and slow identification. This inspired a passion for researching identification methods in diverse and vulnerable individuals. While at Kent University, Alma will pursue research and development in forensic anthropology, focusing in generating more accurate identification methods to identify diverse group individuals, such as victims of femicide and undocumented border crossers. Alma plans to work with organizations in the UK that provide forensic knowledge to the local/state police. In her free time, she is excited to get involved with the Women’s Basketball Team at her host university. This Fulbright will give her the opportunity to learn how researchers in other countries investigate the recovery and analysis of human remains.

Annie Chen

Annie Chen

University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Award - Genetics

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Annie Chen

Annie Chen

University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Award - Genetics

Annie graduated summa cum laude with a B.S in Biochemistry from Simmons University, a women-centered university located in the medical research hub of New England. As a first-generation, low-income student, she is passionate about mentoring and teaching the next generation of leaders. At Simmons, Annie was the managing editor for Mindscope Science Magazine, co-founder of Simmons Undergraduate Journal Club, tutor, and mentor for students. Annie has also spent three years studying the mammalian somatosensory neurons and neural circuitry that underlie our sense of touch and completed her senior thesis in the Ginty lab at Harvard Medical School. For her Fulbright grant, Annie will pursue an MSc degree in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh. She looks forward to volunteering with the FirstHand Lothian and Edinburgh Headway Group, in addition to exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Annie also enjoys illustration and writing and hopes to immerse herself in Edinburgh's artistic and historical community. After her Fulbright experience, Annie will pursue a career involving medicine, science, teaching, and mentorship. This experience will allow her to work on human disorders across national boundaries and provide an international perspective on the emerging advances of genomic technology.

Sydney Clingo

Sydney Clingo

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award - Agriculture

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Sydney Clingo

Sydney Clingo

Newcastle University Postgraduate Award - Agriculture

The subtropical oasis of the West Florida coast has nurtured the deep connection Sydney has with the diversity of life around her. While pursuing her B.A. degree in Agroecology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida, she developed a passion for a unique food system called a forest garden, which became the topic of her undergraduate thesis. Through her research, she discovered that the western idea of these resilient food systems originated in the UK, making it the perfect location to continue her studies. With over 100 forest gardens across the UK, she will have the opportunity to visit several sites to closely examine the relationship forest garden managers have with these diverse systems. She aims to understand the impact different forest garden management styles can have on the long-term sustainability and success of these food systems. She is excited to meet other forest gardeners to learn about the unique practices that have made these systems flourish for decades throughout the UK. Sydney is looking forward to participating in local environmental clean-ups and events, becoming a member of Newcastle University’s environmental and agricultural student clubs, and creating botanical art and illustrations of the native flora.

Hal Conte

Hal Conte

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award - Journalism

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Hal Conte

Hal Conte

University of Warwick Postgraduate Award - Journalism

Hal graduated with a journalism degree from Temple University in 2020. He didn’t expect to go into communications, having gone to high school to study automotive collision repair, but given both his father and grandfather worked in the newspaper industry, perhaps this was inevitable. Hal’s Fulbright research, to be conducted as a student at University of Warwick’s Global Media and Communications programme, will consider the potential of mass media, especially mass newspapers, compared to social media, to advance and anticipate social change. He aims to advance his research afterwards with a PhD. As a journalist at USA TODAY Network, Hal has brought a solutions-oriented approach to social divisions in Pennsylvania, including environmentalists at loggerheads with foresters and Asian-Americans facing coronavirus-related bigotry. Cross-cultural cooperation is one of the things that appealed to Hal about Fulbright in the first place. As an undergraduate, he wrote for Freely Magazine, a publication aiming to unite international students with the rest of the university community. He’s eager to return to the UK after studying in London during summer 2019 and participate in student media and international student groups. When not writing, Hal likes to run and visit libraries and art museums.

Beatrice Dain

Beatrice Dain

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

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Beatrice Dain

Beatrice Dain

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

Beatrice will study at Queen’s University Belfast to earn her MA in Global Security and Borders. As an undergraduate, Beatrice focused on borders, conflict, and migration both in the US and abroad, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in International Affairs and Anthropology from Florida State University. She worked south of the US-Mexico border in Guatemala translating archival documents from the Guatemalan civil war and developing educational materials for the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman to better understand past and present reasons for migration to the US. Upon return home, Beatrice conducted missing person reports for families whose loved ones went missing while crossing the US-Mexico border. Her senior thesis took a historical approach to immigration studies, focusing on how the non-profit HIAS used diplomacy to resettle Jewish refugees in Latin America during World War II. At Queen’s, Beatrice hopes to broaden her understanding of borders by observing and analyzing recent UK border changes through a theoretical lens via coursework, a policy lens via border and security experts, and a human lens via citizens who remain testaments to the pain, violence, and reconciliation of the north-south Irish border conflict. In Belfast, Beatrice looks forward to hiking and exploring local bakeries.

Elayna Daniels

Elayna Daniels

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award - Biology

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Elayna Daniels

Elayna Daniels

University of Exeter Postgraduate Award - Biology

Elayna Daniels, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, graduated from Davidson College in May 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Following a semester spent abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands during her junior year, Elayna was inspired to pursue marine science at the graduate level. She completed a field research internship with Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in the summer of 2020 and is eager to continue her marine studies in the upcoming year. As a graduate of a liberal arts college, Elayna is interested in working with citizen science organizations and is passionate about incorporating different perspectives and disciplines into her marine research. An avid freediver, Elayna is also excited to explore the waters off the Cornish coast as well as experience the unique culture and natural beauty of Cornwall. During her free time, she hopes to go on many walks around the area with her dog, Freddy, and become involved with local dive groups.

Sabrina Delafield

Sabrina Delafield

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award - Dance

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Sabrina Delafield

Sabrina Delafield

University of Roehampton Postgraduate Award - Dance

Originally from Arizona, Sabrina grew up studying ballet and was awarded a Coca-Cola Scholarship to train with American Ballet Theatre and at the Kennedy Center. After graduating from high school, Sabrina embarked on a decade-long career as a ballerina with the Norwegian National Ballet, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ballet de L’Opera de Bordeaux, and Deutsche Ballett am Rhein. Dance took Sabrina around the world and exposed her to how international artistic exchange could help foster connection between people. Sabrina's curiosity to explore academically what she had experienced motivated her to study Political Science/IR at Columbia University, graduating in 2021 Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. Outside of academics Sabrina led the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, worked in the office of Undergraduate Global Education, and consulted for Dancersconnect.de. The University of Roehampton’s MA in Dance, Politics, and Sociology will offer Sabrina the ideal program to build on her dance and academic background to research how dance companies are using digital platforms as a new incarnation of global cultural diplomacy. In the UK, Sabrina plans to broaden the Danncersconnect.de platform to include the London dance community and is excited to see the return of live performance to British stages.

Tiger Garcia

Tiger Garcia

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award - Financial Technology

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Tiger Garcia

Tiger Garcia

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award - Financial Technology

Trading the iconic Golden Gate Bridge of California’s Bay Area for the historic castles of Glasgow, Tiger is eager to begin life in Scotland. A proud graduate of University of California, Davis, he earned his degree in Managerial Economics while playing Division I Football. Though he began his career as a walk-on, Tiger became Team Captain, starting Defensive Back, and Academic-All American. He balanced his life as a student-athlete while serving as President of Athlete's in Action, a faith-based club on campus. Upon graduation, he moved to Silicon Valley to work for Apple in their Worldwide Finance Department. Shortly after, he married and began working in portfolio management for a boutique investment firm in San Francisco. When he arrived, Penserra managed $3.5 billion, and within 4 months of joining, Garcia helped double that figure to over $7 billion. Scotland’s rapidly growing hub for FinTech start-ups has Tiger especially excited to study Financial Technology at the University of Strathclyde. He looks forward to an unforgettable time learning how automation is transforming the financial sector while traveling on the weekends, competing in intramural sports, making new friends, and embracing the surrounding community.

Anna Goorevich

Anna Goorevich

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award - Sport Management

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Anna Goorevich

Anna Goorevich

University of Stirling Postgraduate Award - Sport Management

Anna graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in American Studies. During her studies, including a semester abroad in London, Anna was exposed to systemic inequities in sport-access, particularly for women, racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income communities. While at F&M, Anna’s research focused on creating inclusive and empowering spaces for all athletes, no matter their identity. After examining resource inequity found in England’s girl’s football development structures, Anna wrote an honors thesis exploring gender essentialism, heteronormativity, and abusive behavior in normative athletic coaching practices. These research opportunities solidified Anna’s desire to use public policy to increase the accessibility and affordability of sport. At the University of Stirling, Anna will pursue an MSc in Sport Management to investigate the state of Scottish girl’s football opportunities and devise strategies for increased accessibility alongside the Scottish Football Association and SportScotland. As a Fulbrighter, Anna is excited to delve into Scotland’s sporting culture and serve as a community role model through football coaching roles. In her free time, Anna hopes to attend as many Scottish Premiership and Scottish Women’s Premier League matches as possible, explore the Scottish countryside, and try her hand at Scottish Highland Games activities.

Iran Hernandez Imbert

Iran Hernandez Imbert

Aston Martin Coventry University Automotive Postgraduate Award - Engineering

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Iran Hernandez Imbert

Iran Hernandez Imbert

Aston Martin Coventry University Automotive Postgraduate Award - Engineering

The automotive sector is one of the largest contributing factors to global warming. Therefore, Iran is dedicated to working on realistic solutions to target and mitigate this global issue. She graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics. At Coventry University, she will complete a Master’s in Automotive Engineering. In high school, she interned at the Georgia Institute of Technology and learned how to drive a manual transmission. These two experiences inspired her to pursue a career based on decarbonizing the automotive sector to lean towards clean and sustainable forms of technology. Iran studied abroad in the UK and conducted research at the National Science Foundation at Indiana University. These experiences inspired her to continue her education and research in the UK to be a part of the global commitment for more sustainable forms of energy. Iran is also an avid reader, and enjoys playing soccer, running, and watching movies. She is looking forward to joining the athletics clubs at Coventry and joining other cultural societies. She also hopes to run her first half marathon in the UK.

Mark Hertenstein

Mark Hertenstein

University of St. Andrews Postgraduate Award - Theology

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Mark Hertenstein

Mark Hertenstein

University of St. Andrews Postgraduate Award - Theology

Rev. Mark Hertenstein, of Ramer, Alabama, received his B.A. in Classical Studies and Theology from Boston College in 2014 and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2017, and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He will pursue his Ph.D. in Divinity at the University of St. Andrews under the supervision of Professor Christoph Schwöbel. At St. Andrews, Mark’s research will focus on the notion of the presence of God to the world, with a view toward a constructive account of this divine attribute that is attentive to philosophy of science and concept and context of secularism. This will intersect with his interest in the concrete, lived reality and experience of religious people within the particular culture of the U.K. and Scotland. Aside from the long tradition of academic exchange in the field of theology between the United States and United Kingdom, Mark also has a broader interest in British history and the relationship of American culture, government, and religion to their British antecedents. Outside of his intellectual interests, Mark and his wife Susannah look forward to exploring the cities and landscapes of Scotland together, and he is especially keen to try out his golf skills on true Scottish links.

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 Hight 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 galvanized 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.

Genevieve Hilliard

Genevieve Hilliard

Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award, Swansea University - Biology

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Genevieve Hilliard

Genevieve Hilliard

Global Wales Visiting Student Researcher Award, Swansea University - Biology

Genevieve Hilliard is a PhD candidate at St. Louis University (SLU) in the Department of Biology. During her B.A., M.S., and now PhD at SLU, Genevieve had the chance to work with a wide range of highly qualified scientists in biomedical engineering, immunology, and microbiology. Through these disciplines, Genevieve formulated her PhD dissertation which focuses on the antimicrobial and regenerative properties of Manuka honey embedded wound dressings. She designed part of her dissertation project from the work of Dr. Rowena Jenkins, a professor in the medical school at Swansea University. Genevieve saw the potential of bridging her work with that of Dr. Jenkins and chose to apply for a Fulbright. While at Swansea, Genevieve will conduct an in-depth analysis on the antimicrobial properties of her honey dressings. Along with Dr. Jenkins and many others at Swansea University, she will address the global healthcare challenge of treating infected and/or chronic wounds resulting from diabetes. She looks forward to exploring the scenic Welsh countryside on foot with the mountaineering/climbing clubs at the university. She is also very excited to be part of the unique singing culture of Wales, which boasts some of the world’s best vocal performers.

Emily Ip

Emily Ip

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award - Computer Science

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Emily Ip

Emily Ip

University of Sheffield Postgraduate Award - Computer Science

Growing up surrounded by classical music and languages, Emily has always drawn inspiration from the things that bring people together. Majoring in Linguistics and Spanish at Montclair State University as a Chinese-American allowed her to explore her passion for languages and fostered cultural understanding through research and study abroad. A research project she carried out during her semester abroad in Spain nurtured her love of research as a tool for storytelling and engaging with the local community. Upon her return to the United States the following semester, Emily lived with British roommates within Montclair's Global Living Community and developed an ardent admiration of British culture. Through Fulbright, Emily plans to hone her academic and research skills at the intersection of several branches of linguistics at the University of Sheffield, where she will be pursuing an MSc in Computer Science with Speech and Language Processing. She plans on investigating cognitive computational models for the detection of clinical conditions based on language clues with Sheffield's renowned Natural Language Processing Research Group. Beyond the classroom and lab, Emily looks forward to reconnecting with her former British roommates and creating new connections in Sheffield.

Moni Islam

Moni Islam

Durham University Postgraduate Award - Archaeology

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Moni Islam

Moni Islam

Durham University Postgraduate Award - Archaeology

Moni graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a double major in Global Affairs and Anthropology. At Mason, he explored his various interests in archaeology, cultural anthropology, international relations, and the Middle East. Through internships at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Fairfax County Park Authority, he developed his archaeological skills and in 2019 was awarded the Gilman Scholarship to participate in an archaeological excavation led by the University of Liverpool on the site of Tell Dhiban in Jordan. While there, his passion for archaeology and the Middle East was cemented and, through connecting with his British peers, he began considering postgraduate study in the United Kingdom. At Durham, Moni will pursue an MA in Archaeology, primarily focusing on pre-Islamic Arabia - a largely unexplored yet truly remarkable period of history that has been hidden thus far. He will also focus on cultural heritage, a strength at Durham. While at Durham, he is eager to visit the endless historical sites, beautiful natural scenery, and all things Harry Potter in the United Kingdom.

Mia Jackson

Mia Jackson

University College London Postgraduate Award - Urban Studies

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Mia Jackson

Mia Jackson

University College London Postgraduate Award - Urban Studies

Mia graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. During her undergraduate, she developed a deep interest in the intersection of data and technology with health and educational equity. At Yale, she was a teaching assistant for SheCode which introduces middle and high school girls to computer science. She also tutored formerly incarcerated individuals through Columbia University’s Justice Through Code program. Her passion for maternal health led her to develop a prototype for a maternal health mobile app which won second place at a healthcare hackathon at Yale. At UCL, she will be studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Using a range of data tools, Mia will examine how urban systems inform health and educational outcomes in areas with high poverty in London. After the Fulbright, she hopes to continue using urban design methodologies to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Mia is looking forward to embracing the British tea culture as well as exploring the art and architecture that London has to offer.

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award - History

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Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award - History

Elizabeth Jones, of Mount Vernon, Arkansas, graduated from Hendrix College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in German.  During her sophomore year, her work as a Peregrin Scholar of Holocaust Literature and Education through Hendrix College inspired a passion for Holocaust Studies and the promotion of Holocaust Education. Throughout the rest of her time at Hendrix, Elizabeth continued to research the Holocaust through travel experiences, internships, and volunteer work within the Jewish Community of Arkansas. Where better to continue her research than at one of the leading centers for Holocaust Studies in Europe - Royal Holloway, University of London? Royal Holloway values the same interdisciplinary approaches to studying the Holocaust that Elizabeth has found so useful in her previous work. She plans to continue and expand her current research on women’s Holocaust experiences. In addition to her formal research, Elizabeth is eager to engage with her other passions: exploring historical sites around the United Kingdom, taking classes at the Royal School of Needlework, and going to as many West End theatre productions she can. 

Jessica McKean

Jessica McKean

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award - Materials Science

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Jessica McKean

Jessica McKean

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Award - Materials Science

Jessica grew up in the green mountains of Starksboro Vermont and recently graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biochemical Engineering. She pursued multiple years of research in the field of cellular engineering, seeking to improve gene therapy methods. She spent a semester abroad studying in Rome, Italy as a Gilman Scholar where she rekindled a connection to her creative and artistic drive. There, she developed a deep interest for the little explored interdisciplinary opportunity within the fields of biology, material science, civil engineering, and architecture. McKean will spend her Fulbright year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland where she will be researching the potential of genetically engineering bacteria to improve a sustainable bio-cement technology. This study will be part of a masters by research degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering within the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Glasgow is the ideal place to pursue this innovative and interdisciplinary research. McKean is excited to explore the rich scene of contemporary art and architectural design. Following her Fulbright year, McKean will pursue further graduate studies in Architectural Engineering where she hopes to bring creative and sustainable ideas about material science.

Elizabeth Michalenko

Elizabeth Michalenko

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award - Engineering

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Elizabeth Michalenko

Elizabeth Michalenko

University of Nottingham Postgraduate Award - Engineering

Born in Pennsylvania coal country, Elizabeth developed an affinity for exploring and explaining energy. She pursued her interests at the University of Dayton, earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and English in 2019. As a writer and an engineer, Elizabeth is interested in developing unique energy solutions and communicating the science to non-scientific audiences. To this end, she earned an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2021. With internships at home and abroad in the fields of electric power and renewable energy finance, Elizabeth has learned the cross-cultural value of global energy solutions. Post-graduation, she worked in electrical substation design and experienced firsthand how power is traditionally transmitted to consumers. To contribute to solving the growing need for sustainable energy alternatives, Elizabeth will study Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy at the University of Nottingham. She is eager to learn about innovative energy technologies at one of the top universities for electrical engineering in a country at the forefront of renewable energy proliferation. As a former NCAA athlete, Elizabeth is excited to volunteer with the university’s sports outreach program and join the university’s athletics club.

AnnMarie Moolenaar

AnnMarie Moolenaar

London School of Economics and Political Science Postgraduate Award - Military Sciences

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AnnMarie Moolenaar

AnnMarie Moolenaar

London School of Economics and Political Science Postgraduate Award - Military Sciences

Born and raised in Michigan, AnnMarie graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where she studied International History and Philosophy with a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies. AnnMarie’s academic interests focused on the ethics of war, moral injury in the armed forces, and atrocity prevention. After becoming a Stamps Scholar, AnnMarie explored the dilemmas of conflict resolution in Guatemala, Uganda, Rwanda, and Mexico. She wrote her honor's thesis on the implications of structural violence on just warfare theory evident in the context of the rise in political violence of the PKK in Turkey. She also led efforts to improve mental wellness at West Point as a yoga instructor, peer counselor, and life promotion program director. As a Fulbrighter, AnnMarie will study a MSc in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She hopes to develop a nuanced understanding of the conditions needed for effective conflict resolution while minimizing harm during interventions. Following her year in London, AnnMarie will serve in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. AnnMarie hopes to shape the US Army’s approach to armed interventions while bridging the divides between the US armed forces, civilian actors, and foreign partners.

Owen Morrish

Owen Morrish

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award - Migration Studies

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Owen Morrish

Owen Morrish

University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award - Migration Studies

Owen graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a BA in Migration Studies and Romance Languages. As an undergraduate, Owen enjoyed serving several refugee resettlement organizations across the US, as well as participating in language immersion programs in both France and Canada. The combination of these experiences inspired him to complete an honors thesis investigating how the practices of ESL instruction used by resettlement organizations today relate to the ability of refugees to integrate effectively. He is also a recipient of the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship, with which he is studying Arabic through the Noor Majan Training Institute in Ibri, Oman. As a Fulbright Student, Owen will be pursuing an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is excited to take on a more global mindset with his research as he studies how different host countries can best support the linguistic needs of their respective refugee communities. Aside from academics, Owen is looking forward to exploring the entire city of Birmingham and learning more about the rich history and culture of the United Kingdom.

Katie Pearce

Katie Pearce

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award - Writing

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Katie Pearce

Katie Pearce

University of Glasgow Postgraduate Award - Writing

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Glasgow was in the clutch of violent gang wars. In 2005, it was the murder capital of Europe. In 2019, Glasgow was named the UK’s leading cultural and creative city. Katie was first drawn to Glasgow because of its complex history and emerging creative scene. She graduated from Rollins College in 2019 with an honors bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in creative writing. Her dark, literary stories are driven by the idea ‘make your monsters work for you’ and draw attention to individual, societal, and cultural ‘monsters.’ In the MLitt creative writing program at the University of Glasgow, she will creatively explore modern monsters that haunt Scotland. During her writing career, Katie has been publicly workshopped by Hillary Jordan and National Book Award finalists, Elliot Ackerman and Lisa Ko; proposed and received funding for a student-faculty collaborative study converting an original story into a graphic narrative; presented at a literary conference; completed a creative thesis/short story collection; won collegiate writing awards and scholarships; and was published by Fiction Southeast. She is deeply interested in ever-evolving styles of communication and the unreliability of our perceptions.

Ramsey Payton

Ramsey Payton

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award - Public Health

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Ramsey Payton

Ramsey Payton

Cardiff University Postgraduate Award - Public Health

Ramsey graduated from the University of South Carolina with leadership distinction in diversity and social advocacy in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Beginning in 2018, she began volunteering at a free medical clinic in Columbia, South Carolina. Through this multi-year experience, she connected to many forced-migrants and refugees, many with more severe health conditions than other patients. Ramsey directly experienced the successes and failures of health systems and social support resources by hearing their stories and struggles, eventually propelling her to develop a passion to aid similar populations through the power of healthcare. In her honors thesis project, she put this passion into practice by conducting a comparative research study on the US and Wales in regard to refugee healthcare policy. At Cardiff University, she will pursue an MPH in conjunction with the DECIPHer Institute. Ramsey aims to conduct research that evaluates the relation of specific adversities faced by populations, such as the unique experiences involved in migratory processes and resettlement, to broader healthcare outcomes. As a future medical doctor, Ramsey hopes to apply the frameworks observed in Wales to bolster healthcare and health system improvement. Additionally, she looks forward to exploring the UK’s official “music city”.

Ramya Ravindrababu

Ramya Ravindrababu

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award - Education

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Ramya Ravindrababu

Ramya Ravindrababu

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award - Education

Ramya is an Indian American immigrant and grew up in the greater Boston area. A Presidential scholar, she graduated from Boston University with degrees in political science and mathematics. She served in the student government, founded a committee to advocate for student mental health needs, and volunteered at local middle schools teaching a civics & advocacy curriculum. Ramya relocated to Appalachian Eastern Kentucky to better understand the diversity of inequities that students face and help fill a shortage of high school math teachers. As a National Science Foundation Fellow in the Research Experience for Teachers program, Ramya studied how best to implement STEM experiences within a standards-based math curriculum. She was awarded the Early Career STEM Educator award and has served in multiple leadership positions in her district, including Board Member of Teach for America Appalachia. At the Institute of Education, she will study for an MA in Social Justice and Education. She looks forward to studying the systemic barriers that prevent minority and low-income students from receiving a high-quality public education. Outside of the classroom, she is looking forward to exploring London's multi-cultural food scene, participating in South Asian community events, and enjoying the beautiful public parks.

Michayla Robles

Michayla Robles

University of York Postgraduate Award - Political Science

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Michayla Robles

Michayla Robles

University of York Postgraduate Award - Political Science

Michayla, a Caribbean-American woman with roots in Atlanta, Memphis, and the British Virgin Islands, graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Political Science with an International Affairs concentration and a minor in African Studies. During her junior year, she received the David L. Boren Scholarship to study Swahili and work at a local NGO in Arusha, Tanzania for 9 months. This experience gave her a greater understanding of both herself and the way that her blackness operates in different contexts all around the world, instilling a commitment to East Africans and the development policies that affect them. Since returning to the United States, Michayla has volunteered for refugee organizations that work with Swahili speaking communities and has continued to grow her Swahili proficiency as a two-time Critical Language Scholar. While at the University of York, Michayla will pursue research in the developmental field, especially as it pertains to Africans and those affected by the diaspora. She is driven by her desire to generate meaningful policy for African countries and is excited to further explore the critical importance of linguistic and cultural knowledge in her life and in sustainable international development work.

Fassa Sar

Fassa Sar

University College London Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award - Business Technology

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Fassa Sar

Fassa Sar

University College London Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Award - Business Technology

Fassa graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Film, Media, TV Studies in 2018. She most recently served as the youngest Acquisitions & Creative Development executive for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she worked on various film acquisitions, including Searching starring John Cho and most recently Broken Hearts Gallery, executive produced by Selena Gomez. During Fassa's work as a film executive, she noticed that women and people of color directing studio-caliber films were vastly underrepresented when presented to her for distribution. She turned to untraditional pathways to find creators from diverse backgrounds and witnessed the obstacles hindering emerging filmmakers looking for creative support and funding opportunities. As a Fulbrighter, Fassa will pursue a Master's in Entrepreneurship specializing in Technology at University College London. She plans to develop a company that will offer an alternate pathway for creators to be carefully matched with producers, financiers, and distributors. Fassa is looking forward to being engrossed in the unique British artist community and volunteering with the Ghetto Film School to educate youth in the city about the various career pathways in Film and Television.

Nikitha Vicas

Nikitha Vicas

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award - Public Health

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Nikitha Vicas

Nikitha Vicas

University of Manchester Postgraduate Award - Public Health

Nikitha Vicas graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas as a McDermott Scholar. When studying in Jaipur through the Critical Language Scholarship, Nikitha volunteered through the Ministry of Health in areas with little access to healthcare services, sparking her passion for health equity. She has led and conducted research on population health data science at Stanford and Harvard Medical School and on molecular genetics at UT Southwestern. She is a UN Association Global Goals Ambassador and has worked in healthcare economics, policy, and management at the US Department of Health and Human Services Region VI and Bain & Company. Nikitha is excited to continue learning on this path within the context of the NHS through an MSc in Health Data Science at the University of Manchester. As an avid football fan, she is thrilled to support her favorite team Manchester City, as well as hike, and explore the vibrant arts and music scene while in Manchester.

Yoshiko Wada

Yoshiko Wada

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award - Museum Studies

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Yoshiko Wada

Yoshiko Wada

University of Leicester Postgraduate Award - Museum Studies

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada of Berkeley, California, is an artist, curator, and founder of Slow Fiber Studios, where she hosts events and workshops to connect global art, design, and craft communities and promote sustainable cultural heritage practices. Yoshiko has researched and written articles and books on Japanese and contemporary textile subjects, including Ikat: Introduction to resist-techniques of Japan, Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art to Wear in America, Shibori: The Japanese Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing, and Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now. Yoshiko will pursue Ph.D. research on the sustainability, aesthetics, and interpretation of Japanese Boro Textiles. She will conduct research at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, focusing on the phenomena surrounding the worn and mended clothing and practical articles from rural Japan popularly identified as 'boro' (rags). She intends to question why the perceptions of beauty and value in 'boro' have shifted in recent decades. She looks forward to visiting the UK's numerous fine museums and connecting with textile communities, and exchange academic dialogues with museum professionals in the UK and Europe.

Nickolas Walling

Nickolas Walling

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award - Robotics

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Nickolas Walling

Nickolas Walling

University of Bristol Postgraduate Award - Robotics

Nickolas grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved to Houston to study at Rice University. He graduated magna cum laude in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a minor in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication. Following his graduation Nickolas spent a year conducting research on soft, biomimetic actuators at Kyoto University and has since worked at Houston Mechatronics Inc., a pioneering subsea robotics company. Nickolas is passionate about interdisciplinary work and is looking forward to bringing his interests in chemistry, linguistics, and robotics together as a part of the first ever cohort of the MSc Biorobotics program at Bristol. Working alongside life scientists and fellow engineers, he hopes to gain a better understanding of robotics and biological principles so that he can continue to look to nature as inspiration for solving some of engineering’s toughest problems. Outside of engineering, Nickolas loves performing, theatre, dancing, singing—you name it, and is looking forward to getting back out onto a stage. Having recently bought a pair of roller skates, he can’t wait to skate around Bristol and get to know the best spots where he can enjoy life on eight wheels.

Zac Weinberg

Zac Weinberg

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Sunderland University - Design

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Zac Weinberg

Zac Weinberg

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, Sunderland University - Design

Zac is an artist/designer, working primarily with glass. His work explores the ways in which we interpret and allocate status to objects: the histories, methods of making, and presentation that affect our understandings of things. His projects often augment traditional glassmaking with disparate interests such as statistical analysis, kinetic apparatus, and video and found objects.He received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Ohio State University. Zac’s artwork has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe, and supported by grants and awards from The Ohio Arts Council, Massachusetts College of Art, Toledo Arts Commission, Flint Institute of Arts, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland and Cité Internationale des Artes, Paris. In 2019, he participated in the Momentum Intersection collaboration with Pilkington Glass, one of the largest producers of float glass globally. As a Fulbrighter at Sunderland University’s National Glass Center, Zac explore how craft practice can be augmented by the digital technologies of 3D modeling, physical outputs such as CNC milling and 3D printing, as well as the ever-expanding knowledge base of YouTube instructional videos, online forums and digital 3D model libraries. This while absorbing as much English culture and salty North Sea air as possible.

Andrew White

Andrew White

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award - Environmental Sciences

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Andrew White

Andrew White

Lancaster University Postgraduate Award - Environmental Sciences

Andrew White graduated in 2019 with a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. White’s experiences fueled his decision to study the intersection of people and planet, marrying science and policy to develop robust solutions to environmental challenges that threaten the human condition. In 2016, White helped dozens of farmers in their plight with drought while he was a congressional fellow in the US House of Representatives. He helped secure federal natural disaster relief aid through multidisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement. In his following internship at Sandia National Labs, White conducted research on climate change science and its impacts. There he built his foundational understanding of the socioeconomic inequities associated with projected climate scenarios that motivated his decision to pursue further studies and research through Fulbright. White is most looking forward to learning about how to address the environmental and social implications of climate change. Beyond university lectures, White is interested in what Lancaster’s community may teach him through their climate emergency resolution as a local approach to a global challenge.

James Williams

James Williams

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award - Design

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James Williams

James Williams

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award - Design

James is a designer and physician-in-training with broad experience in health innovation and social impact design. He holds a B.A. in Social Design & Strategy from Brown University and will complete his final year of the eight year B.A. / M.D. program after his time in the UK. He is interested in social medicine as well as design and technology interventions that center human wellbeing and promote social equity. James envisions treating illness as it arises while working with communities to create the social and material conditions necessary to sustain health at a population level. As a Fulbrighter, James will pursue a joint degree in design engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He aims to research and design proof-of-concept prototypes and community-based strategies that target the social determinants of health. He is excited to learn from the nationalized health care system and collaborate on projects with some of the organizations in London that utilize design to improve healthcare, communities, and social services. In his free time, James loves to explore new neighbourhoods, museums and art galleries, read and write, pick up new crafts and design skills, and both watch and play football.

Titobioluwa Williams

Titobioluwa Williams

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award - Design

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Titobioluwa Williams

Titobioluwa Williams

Northumbria University Postgraduate Award - Design

Titobioluwa, of Glendale, Arizona, graduated from Northwestern University in 2021 with a B.A. in Legal Studies, Segal Design Certificate and extensive coursework in Computer Science. Following her freshman year, Titobioluwa studied Legal Studies and Design as well as completing Computer Science coursework. She was able to combine these interests in her work at the Technology, Race, and Ethics in Education (TREE) Lab at Northwestern University to support educational initiatives towards teaching high school students about the implications of technology. Through this work, Titobioluwa designed and built an interactive web resource to help lay audiences understand how facial recognition technologies work to shine a light on some of their (mis)applications, including how they can differentially harm people of coloor. While in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Titobioluwa will pursue research and development at the intersection of product design and fashion design, focusing on its applications to health, technology, and social entrepreneurship. In her free time, Titobioluwa loves to bake, tell puns, and perform with her band. She looks forward to engaging with the Grime music scene while in the UK and learning to make English treats.

Nathan Woodworth

Nathan Woodworth

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award - Theatre Arts

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Nathan Woodworth

Nathan Woodworth

John Wood LAMDA Postgraduate Award - Theatre Arts

Nathan Woodworth is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, and comedian—raised in Sisters, Oregon—who began his career performing stand-up (as an impressionist with 100-voices) at age 12. Since then, he has appeared on TV shows including "The Librarians" (TNT) and "NCIS" (CBS), and several Equity plays including "Red" and "American Buffalo". After training in improv, Nathan and his sister, Emily (an award-winning writer), wrote and performed the sketch-comedy web-series "The Barista Times"—followed by their award-winning short film "The Purse: A Dream in Two Acts." These experiences galvanized Nathan’s desire to not only act, but bring entire productions to life. However, it was during production of "Johnny Got His Gun" (LA Times Critic’s Choice), directed by Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins at The Actors’ Gang, that Nathan (a Descendant of the Karuk Tribe) realized his artistic mission: to expand Indigenous oral-storytelling through theatre. The Fulbright/John Wood LAMDA Award will allow Nathan to gain expertise in Shakespeare and merge his works with traditional Native Stories, bringing diverse cultures together on stage. He’s honoured to share his American and Karuk culture in London, and immerse himself in the rich culture of Britain.

Melody Xu

Melody Xu

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award - History

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Melody Xu

Melody Xu

All Disciplines Postgraduate Award - History

Melody Xu is a 2018 graduate of New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus on the History and Philosophy of Intelligence. Following her education, she worked as a program manager with the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project, collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada. It serves as a model system for doing development science from a “big data” approach. Through these experiences, she developed an interest in history and philosophy of science, with a focus in artificial intelligence and developmental psychology. During her time at Cambridge, she will pursue an independent research project about the chid-A.I. metaphor in science and society. While in the UK, she hopes to continue her developmental psychology research career and explore the various libraries across the country.