Thirteen Penn Staters named semi-finalists for Fulbright
Thirteen Penn State applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program were recently named semi-finalists. This means that the National Screening Committee deemed them to be among the top applicants for their countries and programs and recommended them to their respective countries who make the final decision.
Penn State's semi-finalists are:
Nmachi Anumba, Biomedical Engineering, Mexico English Teaching AssistantCatherine Babecki, 2017 Mathematics alumna, Germany English Teaching AssistantSamantha Billing, History Ph.D., Costa Rica Study/ResearchEmily Kohlman, Communications, Czech Republic English Teaching AssistantAlana Mazzei, Biobehavioral Health, Inda Study/ResearchStu McLaughlin, Russian/Spanish, Azerbaijan English Teaching AssistantJanet Purdy, Art History Ph.D., Tanzania Study/ResearchJohn Quinlisk, Secondary Education, Taiwan English Teaching AssistantChristian Scott, Rural Sociology Ph.D., Kyrgyz Republic Study/ResearchMadison Taylor, Biology, Malaysia English Teaching AssistantGenna Tesdall, Plant Pathology M.S., Germany Study/ResearchAlexis Triforio, German, Germany English Teaching AssistantKelsey Wetzel, 2016 Spanish alumna, Mexico Study/Research
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Applicants for study/research awards either design their own projects, typically working with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education, or enroll in one year of graduate degree study. English Teaching Assistant grantees come from a wide range of disciplines and are placed in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.
The University Fellowships Office, part of Undergraduate Education, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.