January 22, 2020
Five CMU students selected as semi-finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants
Anastasia Bjork Hannah Brown Hanna Clark
Meghan Dyer Abigail Mullis
National Screening Committees for the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced recently that five CMU students, Anastasia Bjork, Hannah Brown, Hanna Clark, Meghan Dyer, and Abigail Mullis, have been selected as semi-finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. Their applications have been forwarded to the appropriate supervising agencies in their respective host countries for the international stage of the competition.
Anastasia Bjork, from Ishpeming, MI is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Tampere University in Finland. Hannah Brown, from Hart, MI is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Hanna Clark, from Chelsea, MI, is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Tel Aviv University in Israel. Meghan Dyer, from Lake Orion, MI, is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in India. Abigail Mullis, from Battle Creek, MI, is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to University of York in the United Kingdom. Finalists will be announced this spring.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by IIE.
CMU National Scholarship Program Nominates Seven Students to Compete for Prestigious Fulbright Grants
The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents seven outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2020 - 2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, 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. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Semi-finalists will be announced by the Institute for International Education in late January. Finalists will be notified in early to late spring.
Anastasia Bjork: Study Grant Nominee - Finland
Anastasia Bjork, an Honors student from Ishpeming, MI, majoring in health administration, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Tampere University in Finland. She has served as a Resident Assistant for the Cultural and Global Residential College, and as an admitting clerk both at CMU Health and UP Health System – Bell to prepare herself for a career in health care administration. A study abroad experience focused on health care in Sweden sparked Anastasia’s interest in learning about other models of care, prompting her to apply for the Public Choice master’s program in Finland which incorporates the use of economics to address societal problems, such as health care. Because her professional goals include working toward more affordable health care, easier access, and improved quality of health care for all, Anastasia seeks to obtain well-rounded training which may also include completing her master's and doctorate degrees in the future. Anastasia credits her high school, Westwood High, for preparing her for college success.
Hannah Brown: Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom
Hannah Brown, an Honors student from Hart, MI, majoring in biology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Hannah has worked in a research lab performing microscopy on the endosperm of the corn kernel since her freshman year under the guidance of CMU faculty member Dr. Joanne Dannenhoffer. Hannah also spent two summers in a partner lab at the University of Arizona contributing to research on corn genetics research, five months studying and conducting research in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and she is currently a teaching assistant for a genetics course at CMU. During her time in the Galapagos Islands, Hannah volunteered twice a week on a government farm where she harvested and sorted seeds to be distributed to local farmers during poor growing seasons. Hannah’s experiences in the Galapagos Islands confirmed her goals of earning a Ph.D. in plant sciences and becoming a professor.
Hannah Clark: Study Grant Nominee - Israel
Hanna Clark, an
Honors student from Chelsea, MI, majoring in political science, international
relations, and public and nonprofit administration, has been nominated to
compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Tel Aviv University in Israel. If
selected to receive a Fulbright Grant, Hanna will complete a master’s degree in
Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Her goal of becoming a U.S. Foreign Service
Officer has led Hanna to study abroad multiple times during her undergraduate
education, including Czech Republic, Thailand, Costa Rica, and more. She has
also taken on leadership roles such as the vice president of Hillel and she
participated in extracurricular activities like the International Peer Partner
Program, Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, and the Flint Action Crisis
Team and Service. These experiences have helped Hanna to develop leadership
skills, and a broader understanding of cultural differences, qualities that
will contribute to Hanna’s success in pursuing a career as a diplomat.
Meghan Dyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - India
Meghan Dyer, an Honors student from Lake Orion, MI, majoring in English Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in India. Meghan has participated in numerous activities at CMU which prepare her to fulfill the role of an ETA. She has completed rigorous writing consultant training, has worked in the Writing Center for two and a half years, served as an online writing coach for high school students, served as an Honors teaching assistant, and participated in the Reading Buddies program at Mount Pleasant Middle School. She has also taken on opportunities to learn about different cultures by volunteering as an English Language Institute Conversation Partner and completing a pre-student teaching study abroad experience in Ireland. If selected to receive a Fulbright ETA, Meghan will immerse herself in her host community with the goal of sharing culture and language in her future classroom in the U.S.
Abigail Mullis: Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom
Abigail Mullis, a senior from Battle Creek, MI, majoring in music, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Abby’s professional goals include developing community music programs to positively impact the world through the arts. While at CMU, she has taken on numerous leadership roles and participated in service activities to prepare herself to fulfill these goals. She has been a paid pianist and piano teacher, presented research at a professional conferences, and completed internships with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Calhoun Intermediate School District. Abby also studied abroad in Italy where she took Italian language and culture classes, chamber music lessons, and she performed in recitals. As the birthplace of community music, the United Kingdom would provide the best training to prepare Abby to one day establish community music programs throughout the United States.
Mary Pufahl: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Spain
Mary Pufahl, an Honors student from Hemlock, MI, majoring in biology and Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Mary is deeply interested in learning about different cultures, using her time at CMU to gain a deeper understanding of global citizenship. She participated in the CMU International Peer Partner program, the Global Citizenship Alliance conference held in Salzburg, Austria, and she spent a semester in Spain where she completed intensive language study. Although she eventually wants to apply to medical school, Mary enjoys sharing knowledge regardless of the subject, whether English, Math, or even health care. She has sought out opportunities to teach and mentor, both in the U.S. and in Spain. Mary has been a teaching assistant in a college Honors class, and she tutored children in English during her semester in Spain. She looks forward to another cultural immersion experience if selected to receive the Fulbright Grant.
Isabella Staltari: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Italy
Isabella Staltari, an Honors student from Goshen, IN, majoring in child development, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Italy. With an interest in lifespan development, Isabella has taken classes in early childhood and adolescent development, as well as parent-child relationships and autism. She has also sought out several opportunities to learn about different cultures by studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and for a semester in Italy. During her study abroad experiences, Isabella tutored young children in English. She is familiar with the Reggio Emilia approach to education developed in Italy, which incorporates principles like the idea that students have rights regarding their learning and that they are active participants in their development. Isabella hopes to incorporate many of these ideas in her future classrooms. She eventually plans to pursue a master’s degree, and she would like to establish a Reggio Emilia-based preschool program for at-risk populations.
Congratulations to these outstanding students on their hard work throughout the application process!
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