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Oregon State University Announces Fulbright Awards for 2017-2018

April 11, 2017 — Oregon State University is pleased to announce that six OSU students and alumni have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017-2018 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. One additional OSU student is currently an alternate.

The following students are among the 1,900 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program:

Lynda Bradley, Study/Research Grant, Biology, South Africa
Lynda graduated from OSU in 2015 with an Honors B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics. She will collaborate on a research project with Dr. Alexander Pym at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV in Durban, South Africa, to characterize mutations of clinically acquired antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis strains and then test these strains with various antibiotics to determine effective treatments.

Sarah Brown, Study/Research Grant, Sociology, Hungary
Sarah graduated in 2016 with a BA in Sociology through OSU’s E-campus.  In collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Balaton Uplands Local Action Group leadership, Sarah will research rural development in in Veszprém County, Hungary using available documents and evaluations, interviews and site visits.

Caitlyn Clark, Study/Research Grant, Engineering, Denmark
Caity is a current PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and a 2014 OSU graduate in Honors Ecological Engineering. In collaboration with researchers in the Division of Reliability, Dynamics, and Marine Engineering at Aalborg University in Denmark, she will design a computational optimization algorithm to characterize risk and reliability in marine renewable energy systems with co-located wave and floating offshore wind turbine devices.

Arianna Kahler-Quesada, Study/Research Grant, Medical Sciences, Switzerland
Arianna, a graduating senior in Honors Biochemistry and Biophysics, was selected for the Sydel grant, a charitable contribution made to the organization that administers the Fulbright.  She will work in collaboration with Dr. Christian Toso at the University of Geneva, Switzerland to investigate the risk that fatty liver disease poses on the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after surgical resection or transplantation.

Ian Morelan, Study/Research Grant, Biology, Norway
Ian is a current PhD student in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He will work in collaboration with Dr. Ingrid Bakke at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to evaluate the feasibility of a new approach to create stable microbial communities that will outcompete pathogens in Norwegian aquaculture systems

Sara Bennett, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Czech Republic
Sara is a graduating senior in Honors Political Science and International Studies with minors in Spanish and English.  She will be placed as an assistant teacher in an English class in a Czech secondary school.

One additional OSU student is currently an alternate for the Fulbright:

Omar Sheikh, Study/Research Grant, Engineering, UK Clarendon Partnership Award, Oxford (alternate)
Omar is a current PhD student in Bioengineering and a 2015 graduate in Honors Bioengineering. If selected for the Fulbright, he will work in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Wood at the University of Oxford, to study exon-skipping therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy through a Neuroscience MRes in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered at Oregon State University through LeAnn Adam, OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships and Campus Fulbright Program Advisor. For more information, please visit: topscholars.oregonstate.edu

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the United States Congress to the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.    

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright