SBS Students Receive 9 of the 15 UA Fulbright Awards

More than a dozen University of Arizona students were named Fulbright Scholars, a nationally competitive award that funds U.S. students studying or teaching internationally.

Of the 15 University students named, three received Fulbright awards to study in locations where the organization has not yet sent a UA student: Namibia, in Africa; Trinidad and Tobago; and Tajikistan, located in Central Asia

On average, 12 UA students receive the scholarship each year, said Karna Walter, director of nationally competitive scholarships for the UA's Honors College.

At most, 15 scholars have been named at the UA and more than 100 UA students in the last decade have been named scholars in the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Dustin Garrick, who recently earned his doctorate from the School of Geography and Development, has been granted a full scholarship and also the Fulbright U.S. Alumni Scholarship – one that goes to those with the strongest post-graduate applications slated to work in Australia.

"The Alumni Scholarship was a pleasant surprise," said Garrick, who will expand his dissertation research, which focused on the Pacific Northwest and Columbia River Basin, during his time in Australia.

Garrick will conduct water policy analysis, studying the design and performance of programs intended to improve water sustainability and ecological health.

"There is a robust commitment to environmental sustainability in Australia as they grapple with drought and mounting demands on their freshwater ecosystems, particularly in the water stressed Murray Darling Basin in the Southeast corner of the country," said Garrick, who will live in Australia for 10 to 12 months.

"My intention is not only to develop a comparative study, but to contribute to the Fulbright mission of cultural exchange by strengthening and contributing to networks of researchers and practitioners working on governance responses to water sustainability challenges," he added. "I like to work at the intersection of research and practice to solve problems that span multiple values, disciplines, and perspectives."

Other new Fulbright Scholarship awardees, both current students and those who recently graduated, include:

    * Ryan Alexander, a doctoral student in the history department, for research in Mexico.
    * Jacob Campbell, a graduate student in the School of Anthropology, will conduct research in Trinidad and Tobago.
    * Deborah Cramer, a graduate student studying Spanish and Portuguese, has taken an English teaching assistantship in Brazil.
    * Corrie Hannah, an international studies major and Honors College student who graduated in December, will work in Tajikistan, Russia.
    * Elizabeth Hanson, a doctoral student in the history department, for research in Mexico.
    * Susan MacDougall, who completed her master's degree in Near Eastern studies, will conduct research in Jordan.

    * Melanie Medeiros, a graduate student in the School of Anthropology, will study in Brazil.
    * Aletris Neils, a graduate student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, for research in Namibia, Africa.
    * Matt Rolland, who graduated in December having focused on international studies and economics while an Honors College student, will conduct research in Mexico. 
    * Rafael Routson, a graduate student of geography, will conduct work in Mexico.
    * Ryan Seebruck, a graduate student of sociology, will be working in Japan.
    * John Shadeck, a graduate student in the School of Art, has taken an English teaching assistantship in Hungary.
    * Rebecca Stahl, who earned her degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law, will work in New Zealand.

Walter noted that a broader range of UA students have begun to apply for the scholarship.

"We generally have students from geography, history international studies and anthropology who pursue the Fulbright, but it is really nice to see people who are in the arts and sciences who are seeing the Fulbright as a feasible opportunity," Walter said.

Kevin Keys, who earned a double degree in mathematics and linguistics from the UA in May, will travel to Barcelona, Spain to study ways in which genetic networks operate, particularly how genes interact and pass information along to other genes.

"It was a pretty risky proposal because not a whole lot of work has been done on the human genome on this aspect," said Keys, who had long hoped to earn a Fulbright Fellowship, particularly so he could do work internationally. 

"The Fulbright lets me interact with the scientific community in Europe that may not do things in the same way as the community in the U.S.," said Keys, who was an Honors College student and member of the UA's Undergraduate Biology Research Program.

Keys, who also will pursue graduate school in biomathematics at UCLA, said it will be important for him to get additional early training in collaborative research.

"I got really lucky," Keys said. "I got to get my cake and eat it." 
By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications