space traveling warriors tier list : Nine FSU Students Win Fulbright Scholarships

FSU Fulbright Scholars 2022, starting from top left, moving clockwise: Kinsey Kuhlman, Alexa Scalchunes, Emely Galan, Emily Eubanks, Julia Kershaw, Elaine Melgarejo, Alexandra Artiles, Courtney Whitcher, and Abby Rehard.

Nine Florida State University current and alumni are recipients of research grants this year through the prestigious US Fulbright Student Program.

Students come from faculties and departments across the university and, through Fulbright funding, carry out research in designated countries around the world. Three of the winners will travel to Brazil, two to Spain and the rest to Ecuador, Denmark, Austria and Canada.

It is a great honor to have so many FSU students recognized this year and a testament to our commitment to engage globally as researchers, faculty and students at the highest level,” said Craig Filar, director of the FSU Office of National Scholarships. “The nine students awarded this year’s Fulbright Student Awards epitomize the groundbreaking scholarship being made by our undergraduate and graduate students across campus.”

Filar added: “I am incredibly proud of the resilience and commitment of our Fulbright Scholars as they travel the world this fall.”

Since 1945, the Fulbright program has provided students and young academics with opportunities to research, study and teach around the world. The fellowship is overseen and funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is the largest US exchange program in the country, with partnerships in 140 countries.

This year’s Fulbright winners are:

Alexandra Arts, from Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is a political science doctoral candidate traveling to Ottawa, Ontario.

“I have always admired Canadian culture and am very grateful to spend the academic year doing my dissertation research in its capital city, Ottawa. Thanks to my mentors, Dr. Carol Weissert, Dr. Amanda Driscoll and Dr. Lonna Atkeson, for making me the academic I am today.”

Emily Eubanks, of Harrah, Oklahoma. She is Ph.D. candidate in musicology who will travel to Austria.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to travel to Austria and carry out my dissertation research. In addition to conducting my archival research, the Fulbright Prize will allow me to make connections and form meaningful relationships with academics and musicians in and around Austria.”

Emely Galan, of Tallahassee, Florida. She earned an MBA from FSU College of Business in 2021 and will be traveling to Spain.

“Special thanks to Jesse Weiland at the Office of National Fellowships, who transcends as a counselor. Also, I am grateful to my loving mother for teaching me that with God all things are possible. This will be my first time in Spain. I look forward to immersing myself in the culture and gaining new perspectives. Upon my return from the scholarship, I will apply to law schools and pursue immigration law. Congratulations to fellow FSU fellows from 2022-2023. Go Noles!”

Julia Kershaw, from Baltimore. She is a fourth-year art history doctoral student who will be working in Brazil.

“I am very grateful for the support and encouragement of my principal professor, Dr. Tenley Bick of the Department of Art History and the Office of National Scholarships throughout the application process. I look forward to changing the way scholars think about one of the most important artists in post-war and contemporary art history, Lygia Clark, through archival research in Rio de Janeiro.”

Lauren “Kinsey” Kuhlman, of Bartow, Florida. She will work in Brazil after graduating in international relations last spring.

This achievement is an incredible reward for years of hard work, especially as I struggled to maintain my passion for learning during the pandemic. I’m thrilled to practice Portuguese and get involved with any Brazilian community I’m in.”

Elaine Melgarejo, from Miami. She will travel to Spain after graduating from international relations in December.

“Spanish has been a language of intimacy for me; a language that nourishes my relationships with my family and ethnicity. My Fulbright Award for Spain will allow me to practice my first native language while pursuing my passion for international education. I would like to thank Dr. Craig Filar for his encouragement and support, and I would like to thank my mother, who kept me rooted in my identity and taught me to be proud of it.”

Abby Rehard, from Macon, Missouri. She is a doctoral student in musicology who will work in Brazil.

“As part of my dissertation research, I will be working closely with Baque de Mina, a female maracatu group based in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I will explore how her drums, in very public places around the city, create liberating spaces that embrace a spectrum of femininity and challenge gender, racial and sexual oppression in Brazil. I am honored to be given this opportunity to learn from these amazing Fulbright musicians, academics and social activists. I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Paddy League, for helping me to develop this project, as well as Daniela Ramos, music director of Baque de Mina, and Dr. Lúcia Pompeu de Freitas Campos of the State University of Minas Gerais for her support.

Alexa Scalchunes from Land O’Lakes, Florida. She will work in Copenhagen, Denmark, after graduating in international relations.

I applied to Fulbright for a master’s program in global development at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. When I started the application process, I wasn’t sure which country or program I would apply to, but with the help of CRE (Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Improvement) I was able to learn more about my goals to continue my education to apply for a amazing program. I look forward to learning more about Scandinavian culture during my time in Copenhagen, while continuing in the field of ethical development work. I am incredibly grateful to receive this award and look forward to the next school year.”

Courtney Whitcher, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She is a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology who will travel to Ecuador.

“I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to increase the scientific and cultural scope of my dissertation through the Fulbright Prize. I am excited to gain knowledge, make connections and gain insights that will improve my professional performance and
personal view of the world”.

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