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WSU’s First Fulbright-Nat Geo Storyteller Award Takes Bee Researcher Melanie Kirby to Spain

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 2019 recipient Melanie Kirby.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 2019 recipient Melanie Kirby.PULLMAN, Wash.—Though career coaches encourage job applicants to say “yes” with a can-do attitude, answering “no” to a Peace Corps question 22 years ago set Washington State University student Melanie Margarita Kirby on a career and academic path like no other. It’s one that will take her to Spain this fall for a nine-month Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship—WSU’s first.

“In 1997, the Peace Corps questionnaire asked if I would mind working with stinging insects,” the 45-year-old mother of two recalled, “and by saying ‘no, I wouldn’t mind,’ my life changed forever. I was introduced to beekeeping as a volunteer in Paraguay, and that led to my own small farm back in New Mexico, raising honey bees and breeding queens.

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Fulbright Takes WSU Pianist Garrett Snedeker to London

Fulbright 2019 recipient Garrett Snedeker.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Fulbright 2019 recipient Garrett Snedeker.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University senior Garrett Snedeker has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to explore the topic “harnessing music’s ability for social change” in the coming year.

“I’m always happy to perform and share music, but I want to introduce listeners to new ways to process and think about what they are hearing,” said Snedeker. “Thanks to the Fulbright, I will be thoroughly educated to accomplish that goal in a more informed manner throughout my career. I also appreciate the chance to absorb a new and creative environment in the U.K.” » More …

Vancouver Senior, Cowlitz Tribe Member Emma R. Johnson Headed to D.C. As WSU’s First Udall Native American Congressional Intern

Emma Johnson, 2018 Udall recipient.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Emma Johnson, 2018 Udall recipient.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Vancouver cultural anthropology student Emma R. Johnson will spend the summer in the office of U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, serving as the university’s first Udall Native American Congressional intern.

It is Johnson’s second prestigious and nationally competitive award from the Udall Foundation and Native National Institute. For academic year 2018-19, she received a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship in its tribal policy category. It helped cover undergraduate expenses at the Vancouver campus, from which she will graduate on May 4. » More …

WSU History Student Ryan Booth Receives Fulbright to Study in India

Fulbright 2019 recipient Ryan Booth.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Fulbright 2019 recipient Ryan Booth.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University history doctoral student and future professor Ryan W. Booth has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to spend nine months in India exploring socio-cultural characteristics attributed to indigenous soldiers during the British Raj up to a century ago.

His work adds an international element to his dissertation, and may well lead to a new global thread of research in the area of military history. » More …

National Udall Scholarship Awarded to WSU Vancouver Junior and Cowlitz Tribe Member Emma Johnson

Udall 2018 recipient Emma R. Johnson holding up a cougar flag while studying abroad in New Zealand.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Udall 2018 recipient Emma R. Johnson holding up a cougar flag while studying abroad in New Zealand.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Vancouver cultural anthropology major Emma R. Johnson has received a prestigious and nationally competitive Udall Undergraduate Scholarship in its tribal public policy category.

“The Udall is incredibly important to me,” said Johnson. “Completing all the work to apply, and then being successful, it’s a really huge deal. It is helping me complete my education.” » More …

WSU Vancouver alumna Imee Williams lands Fulbright Scholarship to research in the Philippines

Fulbright 2018 winner Imee Williams.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Fulbright 2018 winner Imee Williams.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Vancouver neuroscience alumna and future physician Imee Williams has received a 2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to investigate sociocultural aspects surrounding families raising children with disabilities in the Philippines.

“Being a Fulbright Scholar is a great honor for me personally, and it is certain to open doors for me in my native country and lead to opportunities to improve lives there,” said Williams. » More …

Student Kristian Gubsch Is WSU’s First Hollings Scholar Winner

Hollings 2018 winner Kristian Gubsch.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Hollings 2018 winner Kristian Gubsch.PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University chemical engineering student Kristian Gubsch is the school’s first recipient of the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Kristian came to my office to talk about a couple of more well-known awards, but I had recently read a report on the Hollings and thought he might be a perfect fit for it—and he was!,” said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. “We are thrilled because receiving this award will further his educational goals, and Kristian will be an exceptional representative of WSU.” » More …

WSU Senior Ryan Summers Finalist for Rhodes scholarship

Rhodes finalist Ryan Summers.

MEDIA CONTACT:  April Seehafer, Director, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director, Communications, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

Portrait photo of Rhodes finalist Ryan SummersPULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University computer engineering, German, and Honors College student Ryan Summers interviewed Nov. 17-18 in Seattle as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, arguably the oldest and best known of the prestigious scholarships available to American college graduates.

WSU has had 10 Rhodes Scholars from 1907 to 1956. Prior to Summers, the most recent finalist was in 1984.

“The interview process was fascinating, plus I made new friends,” Summers said Sunday.

“It’s all been a great experience.  From the time I first thought of applying, I have had amazing support from my family, friends, and so many at WSU along the way. I am very thankful.”

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Four WSU Students Land National Gilman Awards to Study in Asia, Europe as of Fall 2017

Terrestrial globe symbolizing study abroad.

MEDIA CONTACT:  April Seehafer, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Four Washington University State students have received prestigious, nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards to fund study-abroad experiences that commence this fall.

The students, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Haniyyah L. Dixon, a junior apparel merchandising and textiles from Tacoma who will study in fall at the Florence University of the Arts through the SAI Program;
  • Evan J. Wilson, a junior international business and marketing major and Chinese-language minor from Spokane who will spend the academic year at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea;
  • Michael B. Young, a sophomore Chinese and Japanese language and culture major and Spanish and French minor from Richland who will spend the academic year studying in Harbin China through the CET Academic Programs’ Intensive Chinese Language program; and,
  • Alma J. Zamago, a junior Japanese major from Pasco who will study for the academic year on an exchange with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

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Four more WSU students land prestigious Gilman Scholarships for 2017 summer study abroad in Spain; one alternate named

Winners of Gilman 2017 awards.

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

Sharon Ericsson, WSU Academic Success and Career Center assistant director, 509-335-6000, ericssons@wsu.edu

Eva Navarijo, WSU First Scholars Program director, 509-335-3167, eva_navarijo@wsu.edu

Christine Oakley, WSU International Programs director of Global Learning, 509-335-8180, coakley@wsu.edu

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PULLMAN, Wash.—In addition to a student named earlier, four more WSU students have won nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2017. A fifth student was named as a Gilman alternate.

The awardees from WSU are among 1,200 American undergraduates from 354 colleges receiving Gilman awards for summer.

WSU’s newest Gilman Scholars are: Anaderi Iniguez, a biology major from Pasco; Rose Kibala, a communications major from Reno, Nev.; Kimberly Marquez, a business management major from Wapato; and Renata O’Connell, a business administration major from Bellingham. They are all headed to Spain, but on three separate trips.

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