Fulbright recipients head off to global destinations

Fourteen Cornell students and recent alumni are setting out this fall for destinations around the world, thanks to grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Gilbert Levine, Fulbright adviser and Cornell professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering, reports that three of the awardees will work as English teaching assistants and 11 will pursue study or research projects.

“Our applicants reflect the full range of research interests at Cornell, from anthropology to avian studies,” Levine said. “We congratulate all of the 2017-18 Fulbright recipients.”

Grace Ahn ’16 (biological sciences/CALS) will travel to South Korea to study palliative care for terminal cancer patients and new policy reforms that promote hospice care.

Salem Argaw ’17 (biological sciences/A&S) will work with international organizations in Switzerland to investigate how the conflict in Syria has shattered the health care system and how the international community can help.

Selena Cardona ’17 (sociology/A&S) will teach English in Colombia, focusing on working-class communities.

Cole DeVoy ’17 (China and Asia-Pacific studies/A&S) will travel to Taiwan to teach English and start an English-language theater club for youth.

Matthew Fisher-Post, MPA ’14, (Cornell Institute for Public Affairs) will study rural-to-urban migration in France and francophone West Africa at the Paris School of Economics.

David Guhl ’15 (applied economics and management/CALS and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business) will study in Mexico City and intern with a Mexican company through Fulbright’s Binational Business Program.

Eric Gulson ’15 (interdisciplinary studies/CALS) will promote conservation of threatened bird species by testing different styles of artificial nesting cavities on Sulawesi island in Indonesia.

Corey Keating, DMA ’19, (music composition) will collaborate with folk musicians and contemporary composers in Vietnam to learn how technology and globalization are affecting the Vietnamese musical tradition.

Ethan Keller, M.Eng. ’16, (computer science) will travel to Honduras to pilot a smartphone tracker he designed for AguaClara plants. The device allows operators to record and monitor daily water quality.

Danyoung Kim ’16 (government, music/A&S) will conduct ethnographic research on opera audiences at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy.

Rachel Odhner, Ph.D. ’20, (anthropology) will work with smallholder farmers and government and development stakeholders to learn how farming communities in Nicaragua are responding to water scarcity.

J.R. Rothstein, LL.M./J.D. ’10, (Law School) will research how observant Muslims and Jews in Canada combine their commitment to religious legal codes with citizenship in a secular-liberal democratic society.

Nigel Van der Woude ’17 (linguistics/A&S) will teach English in Italy and tutor Mediterranean refugees in English and Italian.

Justin Weinstock ’16 (anthropology, Asian studies/A&S) will investigate how caretakers, scientists and local communities coexist with elephants at the National Elephant Conservation Center in Malaysia.

Fulbright award recipients are selected for their outstanding academic achievement, service and leadership in their fields. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program for students and young professionals. The program awards about 1,900 grants each year in more than 140 countries.

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies administers the program at Cornell and supports applicants, offering information sessions, research help and advising.

Sheri Englund is a writer for the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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