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Maja, a graduating senior earning an Honors bachelor of science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright Research/Study grant to Germany in the field of Neuroscience. In collaboration with Dr. Annika Herwig of Ulm University, Maja will research winter polymorphism in hibernating Djungarian hamsters, to better understand potential biomedical applications for humans. She will also coach local youth soccer teams to promote cultural integration and to build international relationships.
Emily graduated from OSU in 2012 with an Honors bachelor of science in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has been awarded a Fulbright Research/Study Grant to New Zealand in the field of Biology. Emily will carry out research for her master's degree on the possibility of two species of kelp-rafting marine invertebrates establishing in warming, nearshore Antarctic ecosystems. She will work with two world-class Antarctic marine scientists, Dr. Ceridwen Fraser and Dr. Miles Lamare, at the University of Otago. Following her Fulbright grant, Emily plans to remain in New Zealand to finish her PhD in marine science at the University of Otago.
English Teaching Assistantship
Ellen is a graduating senior with a double major in German and Environmental Science Education. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Ellen will offer English support as well as organize language-related cross-cultural student activities. She hopes to engage students by promoting environmental activism and exploring global ecosystems.
Sage graduated in 2020 with an Honors bachelor of science in Fisheries and Wildlife and a minor in Spanish. He has been selected for Fulbright Research/Study grant in Chile, where he will study the distribution and impacts of introduced salmon populations on native fish diversity in northern Patagonia. This project will be in collaboration with the University of Concepción.
Fulbright Scholar Alternate
Jacqueline graduated in 2020 with a master of science in Wildlife Management. She is currently an alternate for a Fulbright Research/Study grant in Uganda. If selected, Jacqueline will collaborate with Makerere University in Uganda to study participatory conservation governance in relation to communities neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park. This project aims to inform the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Strategic Plan policies by taking into account both biodiversity conservation and community livelihood development considerations.
Fulbright Scholar Alternate
Saki is a graduating senior earning an Honors bachelor of arts in Psychology with minors in French, Music Performance, and Mathematics. She is currently an alternate for a Fulbright Research/Study grant in Luxembourg in the field of Psychology. If selected, Saki will explore identity construal in American and Japanese expatriates in the multicultural country of Luxembourg in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg.
Fulbright Scholar Alternate
Gabi is a graduating senior earning a bachelor of science in Bioengineering. She is currently an alternate for a Fulbright Research/Study grant in Austria in the field of Biology. If selected, Gabi will collaborate with the University of Vienna to study the role that the bacterium Klebsiella has as an early indicator of intestinal disease in premature infants. She hopes to engage in this research as she prepares for a future as a physician-scientist.
Emily Gemmill '22 is a junior studying Biochemistry & Biophysics and Mathematical Biology with a minor in Chemistry and has been selected to be a Barry Goldwater Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year. She aspires to pursue a Ph.D. in Biophysics or Computational Biology to continue biomedical research and to teach in an academic setting. She is specifically interested in topics related to cellular trafficking and networks. Her mentors are Weihong Qiu, Kevin Brown, and Melody Wilson.
Alyssa Pratt '23 is a sophomore studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Computer Science. She aspires to a Ph.D. in Computational Biology in order to conduct research to predict molecular structures and to lead a research group as principal investigator. Her mentor is David Hendrix.
Tegan Thurston '22 is a junior studying Bioengineering and pursuing a certificate in Medical Humanities. Her current research in the Information Processing Group (IPG) involves developing a haptic feedback system to improve the usability and functionality of myoelectric prosthetics. Tegan plans to complete a MD-PhD in biomedical engineering and to lead a lab to develop engineering solutions for clinical settings. Her mentors are V. John Mathews, Xinhui Zhu, and Michael Blouin.
Cindy Wong '22 is a junior studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Music Performance. In her career, she has the goal of completing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in order to conduct research in energy storage, mentor students, and promote STEM outreach. Her mentors are Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Willie E. ‘Skip’ Rochefort, and Konstantinos A. Goulas.
"Studying ecology in Ecuador's Galápagos Islands and Amazon basin is my dream come true made possible by the Gilman Scholarship."
"I applied for the Gilman Scholarship as a means to be fund my aspirations for studying abroad. I hope to learn more about the challenges that other countries face in environmental/natural resource conservation and forest management. I also enjoy experiencing other cultures and learning about their ways of life. In addition, I hope to gain some knowledge from them about how they effectively manage their forests and possibly be able to apply it to my own practices one day."
"I chose the SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism & Human Rights program because it will allow me to study Arabic and because the academics are focused on multiculturalism and human rights, which is something that I am very passionate about. Before, studying abroad didn’t feel tangible, like a dream, but getting the [Gilman] scholarship made it seem like it could be a reality."
"I'm most excited for the opportunity to learn something new and and to experience something new. I'm an older candidate, but I still feel like I have a lot to learn and a lot of room to grow. . . If I could say anything to prospective applicants, it would be to just do it. Don’t be afraid of your background or wherever you're coming from. At the end of hte day, the committee is just reading your story."
"I think that study abroad is an experience that all people should have, especially as part of the college experience. Coming into OSU, I knew that I wanted to study abroad, and I encourage students to take advantage of scholarships like the Gilman Scholarship."
"I decided to apply for a full year in South Korea because I really want to be challenged in ways that make me learn about myself, and grow a lot. I hope to gain confidence in my abilities, and I think that putting myself in an independent context will shape a sense of strong sense confidence. . . Seeing all of the hard work and dedication that went in to applying being recognized is really rewarding."
Hunter is a second year student majoring in Environmental Sciences with an Environmental Agriculture focus. He is passionate about envisioning a world that uses sustainable urban agriculture to transform cities into food oases, habitat, and natural cultural spaces. After graduation, Hunter plans to pursue a master's degree in environmental design in order to design sustainable food systems in suburban and urban areas that regenerate the environment and feed the local people within the traditions of their culture.