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Twenty-Four Duke Students, Alumni Named Fulbright Recipients

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Twenty-four Duke students and alumni have been named Fulbright recipients to teach English, pursue graduate study and conduct research abroad during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering opportunities in over 140 countries. The Fulbright award is designed to facilitate cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and those of other countries.

“We are proud to support applicants to the Fulbright program, which has long been a model of inclusivity and diversity,” said Gwen Volmar, the director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at Duke. “The application process is as rewarding as it is rigorous and we applaud all our students who applied. We look forward to the good work they will do as a result.”

The Fulbright Scholarship application process is open to Duke seniors, alumni and graduate and professional students.

Here is the list of 2022-2023 Fulbright Award recipients from Duke, their host countries, and projects:

  • Amanda Andriessen, Germany, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Investigating Neuro-immune Interactions in Cancer Pain to Develop Novel Analgesics
  • Sara Baudhuin, Greenland, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Alexa Burnston, India, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Carnatic Music Performance Studies in Chennai
  • Allan Chen, Mexico, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Austin Connors, Paraguay, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Paraguayan Policy and Perspectives amid the Annex C Renegotiation
  • Sydney Gaviser, Spain, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Maria Gieg, Spain, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Tayzhaun Glover, France, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Freedom on the Horizon: Slave Flight and the French Abolition of Slavery, 1824-1848
  • Anjali Gupta, Nigeria, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Characterizing Multiple Dimensions of Healthcare Access Among Breast Cancer Patients
  • Rishabh Jain, India, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Artificial Intelligence and Intraocular Pressure Measurement for Glaucoma Screening
  • Obadiah Issachar Kirk, Honduras, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Molecular Characterization of Cryptosporidium Species in HIV Patients and Children under Five
  • Rachael Lau, Nepal, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Mitigating Disaster: Technology for Geophysical Risk and Resiliency in Nepal
  • Younis Mahmoud, Italy, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Catherine McMillan, South Korea, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Julia Murphy, Taiwan, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Shae Nicolaisen, Colombia, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Elizabeth Nist, Germany, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Human Evolution and Reconstructing Habitual Behavior
  • Georgia Price, South Korea, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Kristen Rigsby, Spain, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Aditya Santoki, India, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Barriers to Cost of Care Discussions for Indian Cancer Patients
  • Anna Truong, Australia, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Uncovering Mechanisms of Drug Resistance in the Malaria Parasite
  • Cynthia Wang, Germany, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—Monitoring Chemical tRNA Modification in Ocean Microbiomes as a Marker for Climate Change
  • Emil Zakarian, Bulgaria, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Stephen Zaksewicz, Austria, Fulbright Study/Research Grant—The Ends of the World: Planetarity in Contemporary Austrian Prose

Fulbright awards are announced on a rolling basis, determined by the host country. This list is current as of May 17.

Those considering applying should contact an adviser with Nationally Competitive Scholarships. The Duke campus deadline for the Fulbright U.S Student Program for the 2023-2024 academic year is Aug. 22, 2022. For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit

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