Lubbock, Texas (press release) – Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:
Six students from Texas Tech University were selected as Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year, while three students were shortlisted for the semi-finalists. The six finalists will travel to Uzbekistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway and Canada.
“With six finalists and three semi-finalists, this is a record year for Fulbright students at Texas Tech,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Shovanek. “These students have gone through a rigorous selection process and are among the top academic achievers in the country. During their year abroad, they will serve as exceptional ambassadors for the University and the United States. We wish them all the best and we cannot be proud of this tremendous achievement.”
One of the Fulbright students will teach English, while the other five will conduct research in their respective fields.
“It is clear that Fulbright students are exceptional,” said Ronald Hendrick, Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Our faculty, who act as mentors for these students, constantly collaborate to help them achieve their goals. The support our students at Texas Tech receive from their faculty mentors is the best in the class, and it is one factor that helps our students stand out from their peers.”
The following students have been selected for the Fulbright Program:
- Aaron Szczesnywho is a graduate student of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Honors, will teach English in Uzbekistan.
- Ann Whartona PhD student at JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will be conducting interdisciplinary research in fine arts in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Brooke McClurgA PhD student in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences will conduct a creative written research in Mexico.
- Jennifer Robertsonwho is also a PhD student in the Department of English, will conduct literature research in Norway.
- Celine GarciaA PhD student at the Edward E. Whittaker School of Engineering will conduct chemical engineering research in Canada.
- Samantha ManzAn MA student in the History Department of the College of Arts and Sciences will conduct research in Canada.
“The Fulbright Fellowship is the most prestigious fellowship in support of international education and research,” said Mark Sheridan, dean of the Graduate School of Texas Tech. “The award is a great honor that recognizes the academic achievements of these students as well as their promise as educators and researchers.”
Three students were shortlisted for the semi-finals: Diego Martinez and Johanna Haydock, both MA students in the Department of History, and Gabriela Ghandour, who graduated with a BA in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Honors in December.
“We are fortunate to have received a record number of Fulbright Student Awards this year, and I know we are all very proud of these students’ hard work and their accomplishments,” said Wendoli Flores, Director of the prestigious Office of External Student Awards. They deserve this high honor. I am grateful to partner with Louisa Hope-Weeks, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry, as we together aim to identify and support more students who pursue the Fulbright Program. We also owe much gratitude to Honors College, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Office, and the many faculty and staff across campus for their dedicated and tireless support to Fulbright student applicants.”
Elisa Wong, interim dean of the Honors College, expressed her gratitude to Flores for mentoring this year’s Fulbright winners.
“We are very grateful to Wendoli Flores for their outstanding work in guiding undergraduate and graduate students through their diverse and rigorous application processes,” said Wong. She not only advises, reads and directs university interviews; It keeps students on track, ensures they understand the requirements and gives them confidence in their work. Whatever the outcome, these students have gained valuable experience working on their files. We are very proud of all of them for representing Texas Tech. “
The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of Fulbright funding is the annual accreditation the US Congress gives to the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries around the world and is involved with governments, host institutions, businesses, and corporations in foreign countries and in the United States.
“The dedication of students and faculty at Texas Tech to continually striving to be the best in their academic fields of study is truly inspiring,” said Hope-Weeks. “This year’s Fulbright semi-finalists and finalists exemplify what it really means to be an academic in an international setting.”
(press release from Texas Tech University)