Studying Abroad
By UM News

Studying Abroad
By UM News
A record-high nine UM students are selected to receive Fulbright scholarships to study in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The University of Miami will send a record-high nine students across the globe to study, teach and research next year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fulbright Students travel to foreign countries to teach English, or to undertake individually designed study/research or artistic project. They live, meet, work and learn with the people of their host countries.

Of the students selected, six are from the College of Arts & Sciences, two from the Miller School of Medicine, and one from the College of Engineering. They will teach English and conduct research in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The following UM students have been offered 2015 Fulbright awards:

Hiram Aparicio, ’15, M.A. in liberal studies, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Spain. The son of Cuban immigrants, Aparicio has witnessed how difficult the immigration process can be – and how a strong command of English can facilitate the situation. He plans to teach English both in Spain, and after returning from his experience abroad.

Sean Driscoll, ’15, A.B. in history, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Indonesia. Driscoll plans to become a history teacher, with a global perspective. He brings experience working with ESOL students to Indonesia; he hopes to help more fully integrate recreational sports (soccer and/or basketball) into Indonesia’s schools.

Dalton Fouts, ’15, political science, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Indonesia. He plans to use drama as an outreach program for community-based English instruction in Indonesia. Upon returning to the U.S., Fouts plans to pursue a combined M.B.A and area studies degree.

Alexander Gonzalez, ’15, A.B in English, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to France. The outgoing editor in chief of The Miami Hurricane, Gonzalez will investigate how the French media affects communities. After returning from France, Gonzalez will attend medical school, with plans to become a medical correspondent.

Marie Hanewinckel, ’14, A.B. in international studies, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded an English Teaching Assistant Grant to Taiwan. A strong Mandarin speaker, she will promote cultural acceptance and help elementary school students build confidence through language instruction. Hanewinckel will also help develop Model United Nations programs at local middle and high schools. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in international law.

Michelle Picon, ’17, M.D./M.P.H., Miller School of Medicine, was awarded a Study Grant to Colombia. She will conduct an outcomes-based evaluation of services provided by the Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation, which serves pregnant and parenting girls aged 15-19. After returning from Colombia, she will complete her final year of medical school, and pursue Ob/Gyn residency options in areas with large Latino populations.

Daniel Quevedo, ’15, B.S. in biomedical engineering, College of Engineering, was awarded a Study Grant to Germany. He aims to work with German scientists to develop a protocol to improve detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. After returning from Germany, Quevedo will pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Mackenzie Sheldon, ’15, A.B./M.A. in Latin American studies, College of Arts & Sciences, was awarded an English Teaching Assistant Grant to Argentina. She will combine her expertise in teaching English with her passion for the diverse cultures of Latin America, hosting international film screenings followed by discussions. Upon returning, she will pursue a Ph.D. in transborder studies at Arizona State University.

Rachita Sood, ’17, M.D./M.P.H., Miller School of Medicine, was awarded a Study Grant to India. She will work with CARE India to study risk factors for gestational hypertension and the accessibility and safety of C-sections among pregnant women in rural villages. Sood will collaborate with her mentors at Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and with Partners in Health. She also plans to work with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project to observe the organization’s public health interventions, medical clinics and community-based healthcare models.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Designed to increase international understanding, it is administered by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide, offering annual grants to about 1,900 students across all fields of study.

It is named for Senator J. William Fulbright, who founded the program in 1946 to foster bilateral relations between the United States and other countries.

The UM campus deadline for 2015-2016 Fulbright applications is August 17, 2015. Please click here for details.


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