Recent Award Winners

See some of our recent Fulbright Scholarship winners talk about their experiences here.
Thomas Pickering Fellowship: Anamaria Karrels '16

Honors graduate and Human Rights and International Studies major Anamaria Karrels was awarded the Thomas Pickering Fellowship. While she attends graduate school to earn a master's degree in an area of international relations, Karrels will receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support in preparation for her future career as a Foreign Service Officer.

Goldwater Scholarship: Jonathon Sens '16

Honors student Jonathon Sens graduated with a double major in Biology and Biochemistry. Through his Goldwater Scholarship, he was able to conduct neuroscience research regarding the sex-dependent neurochemical effects of the drug ketamine in mice. Sens plans to work toward a Ph.D. in neuroscience so that he can teach and conduct research in neuropharmacology at a university level.

Gilman Scholarship: Alyssa Bovell '14

Honors graduate Alyssa Bovell was awarded the Gilman Scholarship. With this award, Bovell traveled to Malawi during the summer of 2013 to participate in the Malawi Research Practicum in Rights and Development sponsored by the Political Science Department. This program is run through the University of Dayton, the University of Livingstonia in Malawi and the NGO, Determined to Develop.

Fulbright Grant English Teaching Assistantship: Christina Chabali '14, Brazil

Christina Chabali spent February through November 2016 as an English Teaching Assistant in Belém do Pará, Brazil, known as the gateway to the Amazon. Her nine months in Belém were filled with laughter and mutual learning in the classroom, volunteer work at a soup kitchen and the Ronald McDonald House, meeting the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, and much personal growth. "I surprised myself by being able to create a community in a place, and learn a language about which I had limited knowledge just a few months prior. Rich in music and dance native to northern Brazil, home to the açai berry, fresh Amazonian fish, and Belemenses who are truly just as warm as the climate itself, my experience was immersive and authentic beyond what I could have imagined. Not to mention, I made lifelong friends not just from Belém, but from Peru, Uruguay, and other regions of Brazil. I am currently living in Brasília, Brazil for a second year with Fulbright as an ETA Mentor for the program. While Brasília is a world away from my experience in Belém, I know that come November, my collective 18 months in Brazil will have taught me lessons I will hold dear for the rest of my life."

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Mark Hawk '14

UD graduate Mark Hawk is a first-year graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Biological Sciences. As a NSFGR Fellow, Hawk has been studying cell death in order to discern the mechanisms that operate activation and regulation of programmed necrosis in ECM-detached cells, which has implications in therapeutic intervention of cancer.

Fulbright Grant English Teaching Assistantship: Claire Shaw '14, Laos

Working in the capital of Laos, Claire Shaw taught English to students at the American Center (run through the US Embassy) and at a vocational school for students who want to work in hospitality for tourism. "Through the American Center, I taught classes on topics that are personal to me and assist students who are trying to study in the US. I had the opportunity to work on a team to rewrite the entire English language curriculum for my vocational school. Of course, living in Laos also allowed me to travel through South East Asia and explore the culture, food, and festivals of Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, and Thailand."

Fulbright Research Grant: Umberto Speranza '14, Italy

Umberto Speranza traveled to Trieste, Italy with Fulbright to assess how political situations impact refugee policy-making at the local level and to highlight the human consequences that the refugee community faces as a result. He connected with refugees in Trieste to hear their stories, detail their journeys and to see how they adjusted since arriving in Italy. Speranza has been given opportunities to genuinely understand the lives and struggles of people that he never imagined he would even meet. “If I've learned anything during this Fulbright year it is that people, no matter where they come from, are much more similar than different.”  Speranza believes the most important thing to remember during a fellowship experience is too always engage with your host nation and the local people, because the most memorable opportunities have a way of just appearing.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Winston Black '13

UD graduate Winston Black is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cornell University. As a NSFGR Fellow, Black has been conducting research focused on an experimental sensor capable of measuring the availability of water, which could be used in plants and soils to help growers choose the proper amount to water and in concretes to help prevent cracking. After graduate school, he hopes to pursue a career in academia as a tenure-track faculty member.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship:  Allison Eder '13

Allison Eder was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Eder attended Ohio State University for a Masters degree in education then teach at a high-need school in Ohio for three years.

Udall Scholarship: AJ Ferguson '13

AJ Ferguson, a Berry Scholar major in mechanical engineering, was awarded a 2011 Udall Foundation Scholarship during his junior year. A 14-member independent review committee selected the group of 80 Scholars on the basis of three factors: a commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the Scholar's junior or senior year. Ferguson is the first University of Dayton student to be selected for the award.

Boren Scholarship: Emily Jirles '13

Berry Scholar graduate Emily Jirles was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. Jirles is only the second University of Dayton student to receive this prestigious national award, one which provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Jirles attended the Beijing Center at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China and pursued a program of study that offered Intensive Chinese language classes as well course work in Asian history, politics and culture. Jirles also traveled beyond Beijing to the provinces of Sichuan, Tibet, Yunnan, and others. Just 138 Boren Scholarships were awarded nationally in 2011-12, a number drawn from only 83 colleges and universities across the country.