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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

WSU Senior Headed to Wales on a Fulbright to Study Human Impact on Marine Ecology

Fulbright 2020 recipient Thomas LeClair.

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

Fulbright 2020 recipient Thomas LeClair standing outside of Bryan Hall on the WSU Pullman campus.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University senior biology and music double major and future veterinarian Thomas LeClair is the 2020 recipient of a prestigious, nationally competitive Fulbright Student Award that will fund his master’s degree studies in marine biology in Bangor, Wales.

“WSU has a long tradition with the Fulbright organization, dating back to our first recipient in 1949,” said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA). “Thomas is our 65th student to receive a Fulbright to continue their education. His unique academic pursuits and interests are an excellent fit for this Welsh university.”

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Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. Award Takes WSU Sophomore Ava Beck to Wales

Ava Beck, recipient of a 2019 Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.

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

Ava Beck, recipient of a 2019 Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University linguistics major and Spokane native Ava Beck will study at Aberystwyth University in Wales for three weeks this summer, thanks to a Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute award.

Beck is one of around 60 U.S. students selected to undertake short academic and cultural programs at any of nine hosting institutions throughout the United Kingdom. At Aberystwyth, on the country’s western coast, Beck will join fellow Americans exploring contemporary issues in identity and nationhood “through the lens of Wales”. She will attend classes in the university’s Dept. of International Politics, explore the city, visit the National Library of Wales, and learn a bit of the Welsh language.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Fulbright ETA distinguished scholarship awarded to Gregory K. Walker, WSU Vancouver graduate

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

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Vancouver graduate Gregory K. Walker has received from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award to teach in Spain.

Walker, who graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree in English, planned to travel to Spain early in 2017. He will be placed in a classroom to assist a local teacher.

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WSU Fulbright scholar to study natural cleanup crew in New Zealand

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Jones, Department of Entomology, 404-432-9528, matthew.s.jones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice-Provost, School of Molecular Biosciences, 509-335-2320, sanchez@vetmed.wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Driving thousands of miles to catch dung beetles in traps baited with pig droppings may not sound like glamorous work to most, but for entomology graduate student Matt Jones it is just another day in the field. Jones is Washington State University’s newest recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund his ongoing doctoral research on what he calls nature’s “cleanup crew.” » More …

WSU’s Newest Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. Student Patrick Freeze to Improve Thailand Rice by Decontaminating Soil

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Distinguished Scholarships Program director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Amelia Veneziano, communications staff, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, aj.veneziano@gmail.com

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University doctoral student Patrick Freeze has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to spend 10 months in Thailand to study reducing toxic cadmium contamination and plant uptake in rural rice paddy soils, with a goal to improve the quality of the grain as a safe food source as well as an export product.

“Patrick’s pursuits in soil science and remediation in combination with his personal interest in improving life through science made him an excellent candidate for support from the nationally funded Fulbright Program,” said Sarah Ann Hones, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program in WSU Undergraduate Education. “We appreciate that he will be an outstanding ambassador of our university and the U.S.”

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