Six recent UGA graduates were named Fulbright recipients for the 2007–2008 academic year. Kelly Proctor, Evan Randall, Alejandro Crawford and Matthew Wooten were awarded Fulbright student scholarships, while Adrienne Kay and Michael Levengood were awarded English teaching assistantships. Doctoral student Jessie Fly received a Fulbright-Hays dissertation research award.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest international exchange program offered in America. The scholarship covers travel costs and living expenses of recipients to study, research or teach overseas.
This month, Proctor, who received her bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism in the spring, will study environmental journalism at Renmin University of China in Beijing. In January, Randall, who earned bachelor’s degrees in risk management and insurance and Chinese studies in December 2006, will be studying at Peking University’s school of economics in Beijing. Crawford, who received his bachelor’s degree in English December 2006, is currently living and working in Portugal, writing a poem in three parts based on the three issues of Orpheu, a 1915 Portuguese literary magazine, which advocated the Modernism movement in arts and literature.
Wooten, who recently earned an interdisciplinary degree in modern history and politics, economics and Latin American and Caribbean studies, will research the relationship between transnational mining operations and local communities in northwestern Argentina.
Starting in March, Kay and Levengood will serve as assistant English language teachers in colleges in Argentina and Chile, respectively. Kay, a spring graduate with Spanish and international business degrees, also plans to study Portuguese. Levengood, who earned geography and economics degrees, hopes to conduct research in city planning and development. Fly, an anthropology doctoral student, is currently investigating how the ecological legacy of herbicidal warfare in the mangrove forests of southern Vietnam affects people’s abilities to handle crop loss after extreme natural disasters.