Eleven students and alumni named as Fulbright finalists for 2018-19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eleven Penn State students and alumni were selected as Fulbright finalists for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the University Fellowships Office.

They are among 1,900 U.S. citizens selected this year to conduct research, study and teach abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients are chosen based on academic and professional achievement as well as their record of service and leadership potential.

Below is a list of this year’s winners of the English Teaching Assistantships and their host countries:

  • Catherine Babecki, alumna, mathematics, Eberly College of Science; Germany
  • Emily Kohlman, undergraduate, journalism, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, and Russian, College of the Liberal Arts; Czech Republic
  • Stuart McLaughlin, undergraduate, Russian and Spanish, College of the Liberal Arts; Azerbaijan
  • John Quinslisk, undergraduate, secondary education, College of Education; Taiwan
  • Madison Taylor, undergraduate, biology, Eberly College of Science; Malaysia
  • Kelsey Wetzel, alumna, Spanish, College of the Liberal Arts; Mexico
  • Nmachi Anumba, undergraduate, biomedical engineering, College of Engineering, and Spanish, College of the Liberal Arts; Mexico

This year’s winners of study/research awards and their host country:

  • Samantha Billing, graduate student, history, College of the Liberal Arts; Costa Rica
  • Janet Purdy, graduate student, art history, College of Arts and Architecture; Tanzania
  • Christian Scott, graduate student, rural sociology, College of Agricultural Sciences; Kyrgyz Republic
  • Genna Tesdall, alumna, plant pathology and international agriculture and development, College of Agricultural Sciences; Germany

The Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants the opportunity to study abroad since its inception in 1946. The primary source of funding is appropriated by Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The participating governments and host institutions along with corporations and foundations also provide support.

Those interested in applying for fellowships should visit the University Fellowships Office for more information.

The University Fellowships Office is a part of Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at undergrad.psu.edu.

Last Updated June 20, 2018