Nine current and former Florida State University students were awarded research grants this year through the prestigious Fulbright US Student Program.
Students come from colleges and university departments, and with Fulbright funding, they will conduct research in designated countries around the world. Three of the winners will travel to Brazil, two to Spain and the others 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 engaging globally as researchers, teachers, and students at the highest level,” said Craig Filar , Director of the FSU National Scholarship Office. “The nine students honored with this year’s Fulbright Student Awards epitomize the innovative scholarship achieved by our graduate and undergraduate students on campus.”
Filar added: “I am incredibly proud of the resilience and commitment of our Fulbright scholar students as they set out across the world this fall.
Since 1945, the Fulbright Program has provided students and young scholars with opportunities to develop research, study and teach around the world. The scholarship is overseen and funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is the largest U.S. exchange program in the country, with partnerships in 140 countries.
This year’s Fulbright Laureates are:
Alexandra Artiles, of Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is a doctoral candidate in political science who will travel to Ottawa, Ontario.
“I have always admired Canadian culture and am so grateful to spend the academic year conducting my thesis research in its capital, Ottawa. Thanks to my mentors, Dr. Carol Weissert, Dr. Amanda Driscoll, and Dr. Lonna Atkeson, for molding me into the scholar I am today.
Emily Eubanks, of Harrah, Oklahoma. She is a doctoral student. candidate in musicology who will go to Austria.
“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to travel to Austria and complete my thesis research. Beyond my archival research, the Fulbright Prize will allow me to connect and build meaningful relationships with scholars and musicians in and around Austria.
Emely Galan, of Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated with an MBA from FSU College of Business in 2021 and will travel to Spain.
“Special thanks to Jesse Weiland from the Office of National Scholarships who transcends as an advisor. Also, I am grateful to my beloved 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. When I return from the scholarship, I will apply to law schools and study immigration law. Congratulations to the other FSU scholarship recipients from 2022-2023 Go Noles!
Julia Kershaw, from Baltimore. She is a fourth-year doctoral student in art history who is going to work in Brazil.
“I am very grateful for the support and encouragement of my supervising professor, Dr. Tenley Bick, the Department of Art History and the Office of National Fellowships 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 earning a bachelor’s degree in international business last spring.
“This achievement is a tremendous reward for years of hard work, especially as I have struggled to maintain my passion for learning during the pandemic. I am delighted to practice Portuguese and to engage in the Brazilian community in which I am placed.
Elaine Melgarejo, from Miami. She will travel to Spain after earning a bachelor’s degree in international business in December.
“Spanish has been a language of intimacy for me; a language that nurtures my relationships with my family and my ethnicity. My Fulbright scholarship for Spain will allow me to indulge in my first native language while pursuing my passion for international education. I want to thank Dr. Craig Filar for his encouragement and support, and I want to thank my mother, who kept me grounded in my identity and taught me to be proud of it.
Abby Rehard, of Macon, Mo. She is a doctoral student in musicology who is going to work in Brazil.
“As part of my thesis research, I will be working closely with Baque de Mina, an all-female maracatu group based in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I will explore how their drumming, in very public places in the city, creates liberating spaces that embrace a range of women and challenge gender, racial and sexual oppression in Brazil. I am honored to receive this opportunity to learn from these incredible Fulbright musicians, scholars and social activists. I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Paddy League, for helping me develop this project, as well as Daniela Ramos, musical director of Baque de Mina, and Dr. Lúcia Pompeu de Freitas Campos at the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais for their support.
Alexa Scalchunes of Land O’Lakes, Florida. She will work in Copenhagen, Denmark, after completing an undergraduate degree in international business.
“I applied to Fulbright for a Masters program in Global Development at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. When I started the application process, I was not sure what country or program I would apply to, but with the help of the CRE (Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Enhancement), I was able to find out more about my goals to continue my studies. to apply for an 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 extremely grateful to receive this award and look forward to the next academic year.
Courtney Whitcher, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She is a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology who will travel to Ecuador.
“I am very honored to have had the opportunity to increase the scientific and cultural significance of my thesis through the Fulbright Prize. I am delighted to gain knowledge, to establish connections and to acquire knowledge that will improve my professional experience and personal view of the world.