Three university of New Mexico students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study or teach abroad in the 2015–16 academic year.
Anna Adams leaves for Germany in September where she will be an English teaching assistant. A member of the UNM Honors College, she is currently working on an M.A in German studies with future sights on a Ph.D. and a career in government or higher education. She was a German and writing tutor at Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) and also a writer for the UNM Foundation.
“I’m so excited,” Adams said. “I’m going to Germany, thanks to wonderful professors at UNM, especially in the Honors College, that wrote letters of recommendation for me. My professor in the German Program also helped me with the application. She has been very supportive of
me improving my German and going to Germany.”
Caroline Muraida will be going to Malaysia as an English teaching assistant. She is currently working on her masters in international environmental economics. She has served as UNM student body president, chair of the Student Fee Review Board and as a student body senator.
"Malaysia is a strong example of the ways in which a nation’s multiethnic and diverse religious identities can shape its education and thus its development,” Muraida said. “I look forward to the rich dynamics of classroom and extracurricular interaction with students, exploring individual curiosities and collective interests. This experience provides the perfect meeting of ideas and action, the ability to contribute to and strengthen a global network of intellect and perspectives."
William Taylor, a Ph.D. student in archeology/anthropology, is headed to Mongolia where his research will focus on ancient horse use in the Mongolian Steppe. He is originally from Montana, and earned his BA from Carleton College and his MA from UNM (2013).
“Although Montana is a world away from Mongolia, the parallels we share through our horse cultures have helped me build important personal and professional relationships over just a few short years,” Taylor said. “Beginning language study has also paid immediate dividends, allowing me to communicate, navigate in-country and share ideas about early horsemanship with Mongol colleagues. This Fulbright will help me to continue to build these international connections. Drawing upon the shared experiences of Mongolian and Montanan cultures, study of these Bronze Age horse remains may shed new light on the ways in which human-horse relations have shaped our modern world.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. Candidates submit a Statement of Grant Purpose that outlines activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During the grant term, Fulbright recipients meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual interacts with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
For further information visit: Fulbright U.S. Student Program.