Three Lobos are preparing to go beyond their textbooks and classrooms to experience a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity to travel and study as Fulbright Scholars.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two UNM students received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants this year:

Nicole Baty received the English Teaching Assistantship award to Vietnam. She graduated from UNM in summer 2016 with bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She was a McNair scholar and president of the National Society of Black Engineers. She received outstanding leadership recognition from NM House of Representatives and NM Senate in 2016.

Sierra Ludington received the English Teaching Assistantship award to Mexico. She is a senior majoring in communication & journalism and Spanish. She is also an Honors College member. Ludington is a recipient of UNM Presidential Scholarship. Currently she is mentoring first-generation Hispanic college students at El Centro de la Raza. She is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in intercultural communication and become a university professor.

The ETA programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. 

Another Lobo, a faculty member from the Department of Anthropology, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Spain at the Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria at the Universidad de Cantabria in Santander.

Emily Jones an assistant professor of anthropology and a zooarchaeologist—study animal bones from archaeological sites to understand past human-environment interactions. She has been working on collections from the Late Pleistocene, Ice Age era, in southwestern Europe for over 15 years.

“I am thrilled about the Fulbright—not only will it allow me to work closely with my colleague and collaborator Dr. Ana Belén Marín Arroyo, but it will further the connections between UNM and the Universidad de Cantabria that were first established by Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Dr. Lawrence Straus. He's been collaborating with researchers at the Universidad de Cantabria for more than 40 years,” Jones said. “And, of course, the chance to work with collections from these sites is an invaluable opportunity as well.”

The Fulbright Program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

UNM’s National & International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF) office provides students with merit-based scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

For more information on scholarship opportunities visit the NISF website.