Cornell Fulbright students to span the globe in 2016-17

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Jeffrey Wall in Turkey
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Jeffrey Wall (in red t-shirt) with his research team and family members in the Sinop Province of Turkey, enjoying a meal outside a historic home framed and sided with chestnut timber.

Fifteen Cornell students received Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to conduct research or teach abroad in 2016-17, according to the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, which administers the program at Cornell. Winners will teach English and research topics as diverse as sustainable management of kelp forests in Chile to investigating mechanisms of gender-based violence in the Dominican Republic.

“Over the years, Cornell has consistently been recognized by the Institute of International Education as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards,” says Gilbert Levine, Fulbright adviser and Cornell professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering. “The continuing success of Cornell students in this increasingly competitive program is a source of pride for all of us associated with the program, and for the university more broadly. We congratulate all of our Fulbright recipients.”

The 14 Cornell Fulbright winners represent four colleges and 10 discipline majors, with country and language interests that span the globe. (One student declined the award.) The 2016-17 recipients, their destinations and project titles:

  • Annabelle Beaver, a graduate student in the field of animal science; Netherlands; “Mathematical Modeling of MAP Infection Dynamics: the Bulk Tank and the Farm Environment”;
  • Vincent Burgess, a graduate student in Asian studies; India; “Renunciation and Environmentalism Amongst the Bishnoi of North India”;
  • Savannah Dowling ’16, Arts and Sciences; Jordan; English teaching assistantship;
  • Abbey Doyno ’15, Agriculture and Life Sciences; Morocco; “Collaborative Development of an Integrated Aquaculture System in Meknès”;
  • Skyler Erickson ’16, Engineering; Honduras; “Creating Sustainable Development Through Locally Sourced Water Filtration”;
  • Raechel French, M.S. ’13, Human Ecology; Australia; “Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change”;
  • Sara Gonzalez ’16, Agriculture and Life Sciences; Chile; “The People and the Sea: Toward Sustainable Management of Chilean Kelp Forests”;
  • Honore Johnson ’16; ILR; Taiwan; International Master’s Program in International Studies at National Chengchi University;
  • Joseph Kennedy ’15, Architecture, Art and Planning; Norway; “Trailer Trash: Affordable Nomadic Prototypes”;
  • Catherine Klapheke ’15, ILR; Nepal; English teaching assistantship;
  • Eilis Monahan, a graduate student in the field of archaeology; Cyprus; “Enclosure and Exclusion: Fortresses and the Disciplinary Landscape on Bronze-Age Cyprus”;
  • Noemi Plaza Sanchez ’15, Arts and Sciences; Dominican Republic; “Investigating Mechanisms of Gender-Based Violence: Youth Perceptions of Gender Inequality”;
  • Sadia Shirazi, a graduate student in the field of art history and visual studies; India; “History of Abstraction in Post-independence India”; and
  • Jeffrey Wall, a graduate student in the field of natural resources; Turkey; “A Folk Valuation of Chestnut Diversity in Turkey.”

Fulbright award recipients are selected for their outstanding academic achievement, service and leadership in their fields. More than 160 countries worldwide participate in the Fulbright program. Since it was founded 70 years ago, the Fulbright program has provided more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and seek collaborative solutions to global challenges.

Linda Copman is a writer for Global Cornell.


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