SDSU Fulbright Recipients
All SDSU Fulbright recipients from 2005-2016
honors, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. He
plans to establish a writing and conversation club for students to discuss
culture and learn new vocabulary.
Zachariah Martinez (Biology, B.A.) will serve as an English
Teaching Assistant in Bulgaria and create a health and wellness program for his
Bogdan Matuszynski (International Security and Conflict
Resolution/Latin American Studies, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching
Assistant in Spain, where he plans to create a virtual dialogue forum to
connect with peers and mentors from other parts of the world.
Raheal Mengisteab (Communications, B.A., Teaching
Credential/special education) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in
the Czech Republic. She also plans to host monthly workshops to discuss race,
class and gender issues in the United States.
Monica Murtaugh (Women’s Studies, M.A.) will serve as an English
Teaching Assistant in Turkey and create a digital literacy workshop. She will
also work with university students committed to community service and nonprofit
Jacqueline Ramos (Political Science, B.A.) will document the
correlation between women migrants and sex trafficking in Mexico City with the
support of Instituto para las Mujeres en La Migración A.C. while pursuing a
master’s degree in social work.
Marna Shorack (International Security and Conflict Resolution,
B.A.) will conduct research on the challenges faced by deported Honduran youth
and the support provided to them by governmental and non-governmental
organizations. Based in Tegucigalpa, she will participate in community
activities and work with at-risk youth.
Madison Sindorf (Linguistics, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Spanish,
B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Jordan. As a climbing
instructor and trip leader, she will establish an outdoor education program
providing a relaxed environment for students to use English outside of the classroom.
Emmeline Wilson (Linguistics, German Anthropology, B.A.) will serve
as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany, developing an after-school program
focused on cultural exchange.
Benjamin Aceves’ (Public Health and Latin American
Studies, M.A.) research will focus on a program evaluation of the Mexican
National Guidelines for Action in Schools.
This policy seeks to reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy
lifestyles. In partnership with the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico,
he will conduct the qualitative analysis of multiple focus groups and
interviews of various stakeholders at schools in Mexico City to identify
barriers and enablers to policy implementation.
Sarah Alvy (Business Administration, M.B.A)
will explore the corporate governance reforms implemented by India’s recently
enacted Companies Act of 2013. She will perform qualitative and quantitative
research to analyze the effectiveness of major reform provisions related to
board composition & corporate social responsibility. Her work will be
supported by the Centre for Corporate Governance at the Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore, where she will serve as a research fellow.
Keanna Cash (Japanese and Linguistics, B.A.)
will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey. As part of her civic engagement she will make
a guidebook for US universities' study abroad offices. To create this book she will work with
members of the local community to learn about topics like, but not limited to:
Turkish food and home recipes, music, art, education and language. While
learning how to make a certain dish or stringing together a particular
sentence, she will capture these moments using her DSLR skills.
Jannet Cueva (Spanish, M.A.) will serve as an
English Teaching Assistant in Spain. She
will use her previous teaching experience as a foreign language teacher in her
position as ETA. Her plans for civic
engagement outside the classroom include organizing an after school creative
writing workshop in which students will employ what is learned in the classroom
through writing a variety of topics of their choice.
Elaine Flores (English Single Subject Teaching and
Spanish, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand. Her
goal is to teach English to students in Thailand with the help of her poetry
background and experience with diverse cultures. She will promote cultural awareness by
leading a poetry program that includes activities such as sensory writing outside
of the classroom.
Dillon Scalzo (Creative Writing Poetry, M.F.A)
will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Uruguay. For his civic engagement project he will
introduce students to class focusing on the folk music traditions of the United
States via the craftsmanship of the lyrical activists Woody Guthrie, Pete
Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. He
will work with local poets and songwriters to visit the workshops for the
students on poetry and song writing.
Katie Sievers (Ecology, M.S.) will work in the
Philippines to increase our understanding of how habitat influences fish
distribution and whether marine protected areas are conserving heavily fished
species effectively. Her research will contribute to creating sustainable
management practices in an area where the majority of the population relies on
Katherine Vilchez (Education: Counseling, M.A.) will
serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She wants to empower
Brazilian university students as English language learners. She plans to
promote a cultural group that promotes U.S. culture by studying topics, like
race, gender, and dance. We would use U.S. current events and discuss them with
English as a Second Language students here in the U.S via Skype sessions.
Veronica Arteaga, (Environmental Public Health,
M.P.H.) will conduct research in Mexico. She will work with researchers at
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) to investigate the relationship
between air pollution and birth outcomes in Mexico City. She will also give
presentations at hospital prenatal care classes and provide educational
pamphlets to expecting mothers.
Estefania Castañeda Pérez, (Political Science/Philosophy,
B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain. She will use her
experience from the Model United Nations to assist students in public speaking
and start an after-school program to allow Spanish and American students to
connect to one another.
Jesse Elias, (Political Science/International
Relations, M.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Turkey. He will
establish organize weekly language exchanges to allow students to practice
other languages with native speakers as well as a poetry club where students
can share and discuss contemporary Turkish and American Poems. He hopes to
translate and compile an anthology of student's favorite works as a resource
for future Fulbright grantees.
La'Shanae Johnson, (English/Business Management,
B.A./B.S.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in India. She will
facilitate discussions led by students at an adolescent book club, create a
community lending library focusing on early literary development, and teach
martial arts to showcase self-worth and inner strength.
Claudia Santana, (Psychology, B.A.) will embark on
her second Fulbright Award as a Senior English Teaching Assistant. She will assist with program coordination and
organization of events that will benefit the incoming cohort of Fulbright
ETAs. She will also be a mentor to the
next group of ETAs and teach at Universidad Minuto de Dios in Bogotá.
Idmantzi Torres, (Psychology, B.A.) will serve as an
English Teaching Associate in Brazil. She will establish an extracurricular
stress reduction group geared towards university level students in Brazil.
through a variety of activities including yoga, breathing exercises, music
listening and discussion.
Heriberto Vasquez, (Comparative Literature/Spanish,
B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching
Assistant in Colombia. He will use his experiences in facilitating community based
learning and working with the LGBT community as well his background in the Arts
to creatively engage students in English retention. In addition, he will host
weekly art workshops that promote art as a means of expression.
Jessica Antonel, (Environmental Health, M.P.H) will
conduct research in Benin. She will study air quality in the region to help
environmental organizations address health threats to the population from
largely unmonitored particulate matter and toxins in the atmosphere.
Sarah Bedrouni, (Applied Linguistics M.A.) will
serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Morocco. She will incorporate her
knowledge and understanding of education in the Middle East to her work as an
English as a Second Language instructor.
Ryan Driscoll, (Ecology, M.S.) will conduct research
in Germany. He will examine the seasonal variability in the diet and energy
content of an Antarctic species of krill.
Lauren Farrington, (German/Art History, B.A.) will
serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany. She will integrate her
experience in teaching art and art history in to her program in order to enrich
students’ learning and foster a relationship between German and American art
Abril Jimenez, (Spanish, M.A.) will serve as an English
Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She will promote language development through the
use of real language production settings and interdisciplinary activities.
Erica Johnson, (Creative Writing/Poetry, M.F.A.)
will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. She will utilize her
experience and education in literature, creative writing, and spoken word
poetry to teach students and promote cross-cultural literacy.
Elizabeth Kennedy, (Geography, Ph.D.), will conduct
research in El Salvador. She will interview children, youth, and families to
help organizations strategize regional responses to unaccompanied and
undocumented child migrants.
Nicholas Noel, (Russian, B.A.) will serve as an English
Teaching Assistant in Russia.
Lee Reeve, (Ecology, M.S.), will conduct research
in Denmark. She will study otolith samples and trawl data collected over around
western Greenland to determine how changes in climate, ocean conditions, and
prey communities affect halibut demographics and foraging.
Naomi Ramirez, (Latin American Studies, M.A.) will
conduct research in Mexico. She will explore religious expansion and population
growth of Muslims in Tijuana.
Claudia Santana, (Psychology, B.A.) will serve as an
English Teaching Assistant in Colombia.
She will incorporate art and music in to the classroom environment in
order to expand cultural awareness and help students create personal learning
Miller, SDSU doctoral student in ecology, will study in Finland. As part of her research she will examine the
poorly-understood interaction of climate change and microbial methane
production in wetland soils in the Lappi region of Finland, in affiliation with
the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the University of Eastern Finland.
Floyd (English) will serve as an English teaching assistant in Turkey. She
will draw upon her interest in how graphic narratives can shape national and
Phay (sociology, M.A.) will travel to the Southeast Asian country of Laos,
where her family is from. She will teach English at the National University of
Laos and conduct research in early Lao immigration histories. She also plans learn about and document the
country’s food history in hopes of turning it into a cookbook, helping preserve
Lao culture abroad.
Skalman, a master’s student in fine arts-sculpture, plans to design, create and
install a contemporary, collaborative, site-specific sculpture in India. The piece will be influenced by Modernism and
informed by regional folk art practices.
The sculpture will incorporate an interactive sound element, inspired by
traditional Indian music.