Seven University Park campus students and graduates named Fulbright finalists

August 30, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Seven Penn State recent alumni and graduate students from the University Park campus have been selected from among a competitive, nationwide pool of applicants to receive grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. In the U.S. Student Program, awardees spend their grant period living and learning with the people in their host countries. Applicants to the program include graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s degree recipients, master’s and doctoral candidates and young professionals with fewer than seven years of professional experience. Awardees will complete graduate-level coursework and/or conduct research or creative activity, or serve as an English teaching assistant.

"We are proud of everyone who went through the Fulbright application process this year,” said Caitlin Ting, director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring. “The past few years have been nothing short of challenging, but these applicants didn't let anything stand in the way of pursuing their dreams. Instead, they dedicated even more time to their computer and laptop screens and used their spare time to think critically about their aspirations. We know our finalists will do a tremendous job at representing Penn State and the Fulbright Program In their host countries."

The following are Penn State's recent alumni and graduate students who were offered a Fulbright U.S. Student grant in the 2021-22 award cycle, their program of study and college at Penn State and their country of study:

  • Erin Brown; bachelor’s degree recipient in communication arts and sciences and women’s, gender and sexuality studies; College of the Liberal Arts; English Teaching Assistant Award; Kosovo
  • Mason Buchanan, bachelor’s degree recipient in physics, Eberly College of Science, Study/Research Award, Belgium
  • Kaitlin Fischer, doctoral degree candidate, rural sociology, College of Agricultural Sciences, Study/Research Award, Ghana
  • Sarah Losco, bachelor’s degree recipient in secondary English education, College of Education, English Teaching Assistant Award, El Salvador
  • Ruchi Patel, doctoral degree candidate, geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and human dimensions of natural resources and the environment, College of Agricultural Sciences, Study/Research Award, El Salvador
  • Teresa Schwendler, doctoral degree candidate, nutritional sciences, College of Health and Human Development, Study/Research Award, Guinea
  • Amanda Talbot, bachelor’s degree recipient in Italian and Spanish, College of the Liberal Arts, English Teaching Assistant Award, Paraguay

Brown, Buchanan, Losco and Talbot are also Schreyer Scholar alumni.

Detailed information on application materials — and deadlines — can be found at Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring at

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the academic and 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

Last Updated September 03, 2021