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November 20, 2018

Nine Students to Compete for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents nine outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2019-2020 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.

Isabella BarricklowEnglish Teaching Assistant Nominee - Colombia

Isabella Barricklow.jpgBella Barricklow, an Honors student from Ann Arbor, MI, majoring in English Literatures, Language and Writing, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia. Bella has completed several teaching and tutoring experiences, as a writing consultant at the CMU Writing Center, teaching English to both high school and college-aged exchange students, a conversation partner, and as an assistant teacher for Spanish-speaking students in Spanish classes, just to name a few. Her study abroad experiences have prepared her in the following ways to undertake a Fulbright in Colombia: in Cuba she improved her Spanish fluency and immersed herself in a new culture, and at The Hauge, Netherlands, she became familiar with the roles and responsibilities of U.S. ambassadors and diplomats. Both international experiences impressed upon her the importance of creating mutual understanding between cultures and individuals. Bella’s career goals include teaching English at a university in a Spanish-speaking country or underserved area of the U.S.


Josh Briscoe: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - South Korea

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Josh Briscoe, an Honors student from Limerick, Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations and Cultural and Global Studies, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. He is also completing a Cultural Competency Certificate which will prepare him for the Fulbright goal of building mutual understanding between cultures. Josh has a strong interest in culture. He studied abroad at Korea University in South Korea during the summer following his first year at CMU, and he has since returned to South Korea multiple times over his undergraduate experience to study, and twice for internships with The Homer Hulbert Memorial Society. Josh's deep interest in international study also led him to complete a semester long study abroad in Singapore.  Josh is looking forward to teaching in a formal setting in South Korea while giving back to the country that has helped shape his undergraduate experience. Josh’s career goal is to earn a doctorate in political science and become university professor.


Ian Callison: Research Grant Nominee - Nepal

Ian Callison.jpgIan Callison, a Master’s student in Political Science, from Gaylord, MI, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research grant in Nepal. Ian’s interest in Asia began with his first undergraduate study abroad experience to Singapore. The following year, Ian also completed a summer internship at the China Daily in Beijing. If awarded a Fulbright research grant, Ian will conduct fieldwork in Nepal investigating the impact of Pro-Government Militias (PGMs) on forced migration. Ian currently serves as the graduate student coordinator of the Honors International Peer Partner Program, an organization which partners CMU U.S. students with international students to engage in cultural exchange activities. Ian also serves as a Graduate student advisor with the Refugee Outreach Collective, a Student Organization built around refugee advocacy, philanthropy, and service. Ultimately, he plans to earn a Ph.D. and conduct research focused on conflict and forced migration.


Catherine Conners: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Indonesia

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Catherine Conners, an Honors student from Traverse City, MI, majoring in English for Secondary Education and History for Secondary Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia. Catherine brings a wide variety of relevant experiences to the process including her formal degree training, working as a Writing Center consultant, tutoring math and English, and completing an international pre-student teaching experience in Ireland. Catherine is particularly interested in Indonesia for the emphasis on the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic demographics of the area and the role that an ETA grantee would play as a cultural ambassador. Indonesia also focuses on rural placements and Catherine is looking forward to opportunities to immerse herself in the host community culture. Upon finishing her Bachelor of Science in Education, she intends to finish her Master's in History and teach either English or History in a high school setting.


Francesca Ferrara: Study Grant Nominee - The Netherlands

Francesca Ferrara.jpgFrancesca Ferrara, an Honors student from Bloomfield Hills, MI, majoring in philosophy and accounting, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant to be admitted to an LLM program in Globalization and Law at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The program at Maastricht University offers a dual-focus on Human Rights and International Business. Francesca is dedicated to both disciplines. Francesca has spent several summers interning at an international accounting firm, which allowed her to develop knowledge of international business and tax law, and she also participated in the University of Pennsylvania Law School Global Institute for Human Rights Summer Program. The Netherlands is a natural fit for Francesca’s studies because it is home to the International Criminal Court as well as other bodies instrumental to international law. Francesca is looking forward to immersing herself in the culture and traditions of The Netherlands while completing her studies. Francesca’s goal is to eventually earn a Juris Doctorate Degree, and ultimately, she hopes to work in The Hague. 


Daniel Harazin: Binational Internship Program Nominee - Mexico

Dan Harazin.jpgDan Harazin, an Honors student from Bridgman, MI, majoring in Spanish for Business and Sports Management, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Binational Internship Grant in Mexico. An internship in Mexico will provide Dan with opportunities to build mutual understanding between peoples of the U.S. and Mexico, to experience Mexican corporate culture, and to improve his Spanish fluency. He has actively pursued opportunities throughout his undergraduate education to learn about Latino cultures, through a class that traveled to Miami, Florida; volunteering in orphanages in Oaxaca, Mexico; and he will travel to Querétaro, México in spring 2019 to engage in a semester long internship in addition to taking business classes at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.  If selected for the Fulbright, Dan will spend a year in Mexico and then enroll in graduate school to earn an MBA with a concentration in international business.


Audrey Hartson: Study Grant Nominee - Ireland

Audrey Hartson.jpgAudrey Hartson, an Honors student from Fort Gratiot, MI, majoring in Music and Child Development, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant in Ireland. If selected to receive the Fulbright study grant, Audrey would complete a Master of Arts degree in Irish Music Studies at the University of Limerick. Although she has visited Ireland previously, a year of formal academic study at the University of Limerick would provide Audrey the opportunity to be fully immersed in the culture, tradition, and community of Irish music, experiences which will prepare her for a future career in teaching and performing. Audrey’s love of Irish music began at a young age and she has played traditional Irish music throughout her life, completing masterclasses with Seamus Eagan and Winifred Horan of the Irish American band Solas. She hopes to use her experience as a performer and teacher of Irish traditional music to influence community music programming, and to foster creative and personal relationships between Ireland and the United States


Grace Pawluszka: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Slovakia

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Grace Pawluszka, an Honors student from Warren, MI, majoring in Music Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Slovak Republic. Grace has studied abroad in Slovakia previously, completing Rusyn language and culture courses at the University of Presov. She is looking forward to returning to Slovakia to deepen her understanding of the culture. By using her talents as an instrumental musician, vocalist, and dancer, she hopes to engage with her host community by joining a folk ensemble with a goal of expanding her knowledge of Slovak culture and folklore. In return, she would like to incorporate songs and dances acquired in Slovakia into her future music classroom to educate students on the rich history and culture within Central Europe. Grace has a passion for teaching, and her goal is to become a music educator who provides students with the tools to see the beauty through appreciation of music, culture, and the arts.


Rachel Stelman: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Italy

Rachel Stelman.jpgRachel Stelman, an Honors student from Clarkston, MI, majoring in Mathematics – Elementary Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Italy. Rachel has served in several teaching and tutoring roles during her undergraduate education, including being an Honors teaching assistant, teaching English to children in orphanages in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she is currently completing her student teaching. To further strengthen her skills in the classroom, Rachel studied abroad in Italy, taking a class focused on the teaching approach used in many Italian elementary schools, “Italian/International Educational Approaches: Reggio and Montessori.”  She said, “I have developed a foundational understanding of the culture, such as the basics of language, the value placed on family, and the importance of historical preservation. Rachel hopes to take what she learns from the English Teaching Assistantship and bring a bit of the culture back for her future classroom.



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