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Seven SMU students and recent graduates named Fulbright semifinalists

January 24, 2017

Dallas (SMU) – Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships.

“These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, which supports students and faculty members during the application process. “We are proud of their success in this round of the competition.”

SMU semifinalists:

  • Hope Anderson, a senior majoring in history, human rights and sociology at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Nepal.
       
  • Emily Bernet ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance at Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for conservatory study in England.
       
  • Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree at Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Colombia.               
       
  • Adam Garnick, a graduate student at Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Hungary.                        
       
  • Jennie Lee ’16, who earned Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance at Meadows School of the Arts and in Italian at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Germany.
       
  • Olivia Nguyen, a senior majoring in French and biological sciences at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Vietnam. 
       
  • Rebecca Rothstein ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in theatre at Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for performance study in Germany.

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