Katie Reich Costanza

Twenty three students and recent graduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected to receive the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2019-2020 academic year, the highest number of recipients from UNC-Chapel Hill in one year.

We are so proud of the students who have achieved this incredible accomplishment, and we are thrilled for our colleague, Iyman Ahmed, who manages the UNC Fulbright application process and advised applicants as they prepared for their submission and interviews.

We would like to thank all of the UNC faculty and staff members who contributed their time and expertise to the internal review process and who helped ensure that students were thorough in their preparation and confident in their presentation.

For those who are interested in applying for the next Fulbright cycle, you can learn more about the award and the application process on our Fulbright U.S. Student Program page. The UNC deadline for Fulbright is Sept. 19.

Congratulations to all of the UNC Fulbrighters!

Alessandra Akers, a 2017 graduate, is teaching English in Mexico. Akers earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies, Romance languages and social and economic justice.

Maudrie Alexis, a 2019 graduate, was awarded and English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil. Alexis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in information science.

Jessica Chen, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in South Korea. Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy and peace, war, and defense.

Annabel Chung, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in South Korea. Chung earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and English and comparative literature.

Erin Danford, a 2019 graduate, has been awarded a grant to conduct a research project assessing public and private initiatives to recycle plastic waste in Freiburg, Germany. Danford earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

Deshawn Dazevedo, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Mexico. Dazevedo earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Elizabeth Doyle, a 2019 graduate, was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil. Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy.

Abigail Gancz, a 2019 graduate, has been awarded the UK-Partnership Award in the field of archaeology at Durham University. Gancz earned a bachelor’s degree in public health (biostatistics) and anthropology.

Michael Hawkins, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography, is conducting research in the Philippines for his thesis, “Producing Manila’s Waterfront: Colonial production of space and Contemporary port spaces.”

Sarah Hilker, a doctoral student in the Department of Classics (classical archaeology), is conducting research in Greece for her thesis, “From Houses to Communities: A Consideration of Mycenaean Social Structure.”

Kevin Hoeper, a current doctoral student in the Department of History, is conduction research in Czech Republic for his thesis, “Contested Comradeship: First World War Veterans in the Czech-German Borderland, 1918-1938.”

Sarah Jennings, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Brazil. Jennings earned a master’s degree in political science ().

Wad Khalafalla, a 2018 graduate, is teaching English in Malaysia. Khalafalla earned a master’s degree in public administration (non-profit management).

Emily Koester, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Germany. Koester earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.

Zachary Lee, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Germany. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in German literature and culture, and sociology.

Kendall Medford, a 2017 graduate, is teaching English in Brazil. Medford earned a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic linguistics and political science.

Caroline Porter, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in South Korea. Porter earned a bachelor’s degree in English, Korean language, and creative writing.

David Sowers, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Spain. Sowers earned a bachelor’s degree in history and romance languages and a master’s degree in teaching (secondary social studies).

Meghana Srikrishna, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Malaysia. Srikrishna earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and global studies.

Melissa Stockton, a doctoral student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is conducting a research project in Malawi assessing the validity of depression screening tool among patients initiating HIV care.

Eric Takoushian, a 2019 graduate, is conducting research in Dominican Republic to observe adherence and sustainability in novel iron deficiency treatment. Takoushian earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and neuroscience.

Maya Weinberg, a 2019 graduate, was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico. Weinberg earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies.

Laura Wenzel, a 2019 graduate, is teaching English in Taiwan. Wenzel earned a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies (Chinese concentration) and a master’s degree in elementary education.

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