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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

WSU Pullman Alumna and WSU Vancouver Graduate Student Receive Fulbrights to Study in France and Switzerland

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

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

PULLMAN, Wash. — Prestigious awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will fund graduate study in Europe for an alumna and a current graduate student from Washington State University.

Samantha Sanders (2011 Mechanical Engineering) currently works at the Puget Sound Naval Yard in Bremerton, Wash. She graduated cum laude and with honors in Pullman with a minor in materials science and engineering; she did study abroad in Limerick, Ireland.

With her Fulbright, she plans to spend a year completing a materials science master’s degree at the ENS Cachan near Paris, France.

Eric Dexter, who will complete his M.S. degree in environmental studies at WSU Vancouver in June, will spend his Fulbright year in Lausanne, Switzerland. He plans to investigate the role of environmental heterogeneity in shaping the genetic structure of populations. He hopes this will relate to conservation in the understanding of the spread of invasive species.

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WSU Global Campus Senior Receives National Boren Award to Study Mandarin Language in Taiwan

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

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

PULLMAN, Wash. — Thomas G. Taylor, a senior in the Washington State University Global Campus, has received a prestigious national Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study the Mandarin language in Taiwan during the 2014-15 academic year.

Taylor is WSU’s thirteenth Boren Scholar since 2001; the designation is for awardees who are undergraduates. WSU has also had two graduate student Boren Fellows since 2000.

Taylor is pursing a social sciences degree from the Global Campus, with concentrations in political science, sociology, and history. In 2013, he received a Critical Language Award to study Mandarin in Xi’an, China.

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WSU Freshman, Sophomores Land First Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute Awards

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

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

PULLMAN, Wash. — Three Washington State University undergraduates are headed to England and Scotland this summer as WSU’s first recipients of Fulbright UK Summer Institute awards.

All will spend four or five weeks participating in thematic academic and cultural programs at highly regarded universities. The programs are intended to allow them to experience the UK; help them develop their presentation, research, and communication skills; and perform some local community service. They cover the majority of participant costs, including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, and meals.

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Three WSU Students Recognized With Prestigious Gilman Scholarships

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

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — It’s time for three students at Washington State University to pack their bags. They recently received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in the upcoming academic year.

The recipients, Galen Green, Jackie Hill, and Maria Peden, are among approximately 800 undergraduates awarded the distinguished national scholarship for fall. Each year, about 20 percent of applicants receive funding for their travels.

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WSU Scholars Get National Boren Scholarship, Alternate Designation for 2013-14

CONTACT: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

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

PULLMAN, Wash.— Chinese major John Stark is Washington State University’s newest Boren Scholar to receive federal funding to study a foreign language abroad, and chemical engineering student Monica Bomber has been named a Boren alternate.

With his Boren funding, Stark, a senior, will further his mastery of Mandarin to fulfill his passion for language and prepare him “to be valuable to the U.S. in areas of defense and diplomacy.” Bomber, a sophomore, would use Boren support to study Swahili in class and throughout an internship, intent on learning to design cost-effective water purification plants in East Africa. Both are members of the Honors College at WSU.

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WSU Student Scientists Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti Win National Goldwater Awards

CONTACT: Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

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

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University undergraduates Sarah Brewer, Fiorella Grandi, and Nick Negretti (pictured in that order below) are scientists who want to make the world a better place. To help with their education, they have received national awards from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

2013 Goldwater Awardees Brewer, Grandi, and Negretti

“All three WSU students were outstanding candidates for the Goldwater this year, and the fact that they won these scholarships is a strong testament to both their excellence and the excellence of the WSU programs of which they are a part,” said Mary Sanchez Lanier, WSU Goldwater faculty representative. She leads the team that reviews student applications and recommends up to four to be nominated each year by WSU to the Goldwater foundation. Assistant vice provost, associate dean of the University College and clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB), she also serves on the panel that reviews Goldwater scholar applications nationally.

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Two WSU Undergraduates Land Prestigious 2012 Boren Awards to Study Abroad in China

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

SOURCE: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Advising, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University undergraduates have been selected to receive the prestigious Boren Award for International Study. Only 161 applicants from a pool of 1,014 received the national scholarship, which provides $20,000 for one year.

Recipients of the award are Philip Pitts, a sophomore computer science and Chinese language and culture major and member of the Honors College at WSU, and Erika Cunningham, a senior mathematics and Chinese language and culture major. They plan to use their awards to study in China and gain mastery of Mandarin Chinese.

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WSU School of Molecular Biosciences Students Holly and Clark Win National Goldwater Awards

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

MEDIA: Charlie Powell, Communications, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-7073, cpowell@vetmed.wsu.edu

SOURCE: Mary Sanchez Lanier, University Liaison for Goldwater Fellows, and WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-2320, sanchez@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University undergraduate students Mayumi Holly and Nicole Clark have won awards from Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, announces Mary Sanchez-Lanier, Goldwater faculty representative at WSU. Both students are seeking bachelor’s degrees from programs in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB), part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“It’s a pleasure to work with WSU students as they seek the Goldwater awards,” says Sanchez-Lanier. “WSU places a strong emphasis on educating students in the STEM disciplines, and Goldwater applicants are top scholars who plan to seek graduate degrees and build careers in those fields.” STEM refers to “science, technology, engineering, and math.”

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WSU Tri-Cities Student Named a Goldwater Scholar

By Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities

Originally published in the WSU News Archive.


Video by Matthew Haugen, WSU News Service

RICHLAND – A WSU Tri-Cities student and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory intern earned the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Kristen Meyer, a science major specializing in chemistry, received the award based on her research with fungi and how her undergraduate work will support her long-term commitment to biomedical research and the development of novel organic compounds including antibiotics.

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