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WSU Senior Vanessa Giramata Recognized as First Schwarzman Distinguished Scholarship Finalist

Schwarzman finalist Vanessa Giramata

Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships Program director, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.-Washington State University economic sciences and French major Vanessa Giramata, from Rwanda, is the university’s first finalist for the nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award, said April Seehafer, director of WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program.

Schwarzman finalist Vanessa Giramata

The Schwarzman, first presented to U.S. students in 2016, was created to prepare young leaders to respond to the geopolitical landscape of this century, according to its website. Recipients of the award are tapped to pursue a one-year master’s degree in global affairs, taught in English at Tsinghua University in Beijing China. Scholars can focus on public policy, economics and business, or international studies. The Schwarzman is aimed at deepening the understanding of China’s role in global trends.

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WSU’s First Marshall Scholar Kristian Gubsch, Climate Scientist, Bound for U.K. Graduate Studies

Kristian Gubsch is one of 46 American students to receive A Marshall Scholarship for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

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

Kristian Gubsch, WSU’s first Marshall Scholar, kristian.gubsch@wsu.edu

Kristian Gubsch is one of 46 American students to receive A Marshall Scholarship for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University chemical engineering senior Kristian Gubsch is headed in the fall to the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield as WSU’s first recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study.

He is one of 46 American students to receive the award nationally for 2020, and is the only recipient from Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

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WSU Senior Jacklyn Brendible Recognized by National Udall Foundation for 2019-20

Closeup of Udall award winner Jacklyn Brendible on a snowy Pullman campus.

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

Closeup of Udall award winner Jacklyn Brendible on a snowy Pullman campus.PULLMAN, WASH.—Washington State University senior Jacklyn Brendible has received a nationally competitive Udall Foundation honorable mention award in its tribal policy category, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

“Udall recognition supports Jacklyn’s goal to advance education systems for Native American communities, and her plan to teach in Alaska where her extended family lives,” said Seehafer.

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Goldwater awards go to STEM students Goto, Gubsch, and Klappenbach

June 17, 2019

Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

The students are seniors Courtney Klappenbach, a genetics and cellular biology and microbiology double major, and Kristian Gubsch, a chemical engineering major; and, junior Daniel Goto, the only student at WSU with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science engineering.

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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 …

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 …