2015-2016 SLLC Fulbright Recipients

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Twelve university of Maryland students and recent graduates were awarded Fulbright grants to study, conduct research, or teach English abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year. Of these twelve, five were SLLC majors or minors

Each year, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants to roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, 900 visiting scholars, and several hundred teachers and professionals to pursue international study, research, and teaching experience.

In the last five years, UMD students and recent graduates have earned a total of 72 Fulbright grants. This year’s recipients include five seniors, five recent graduates, and two graduate students.

“Each of this year's recipients of Fulbright awards are to be congratulated for achieving one of these prestigious grants,” said James Gilbert, UMD’s Fulbright program advisor. “They did so through hard work and thoughtful projects. Their success solidifies the University of Maryland's position as one of the top earners in this national competition.”

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

2015 University of Maryland Fulbright Recipients

Lindsey Benjamin, Spain

Lindsey Benjamin, a senior majoring in psychology and double minoring in Spanish and neuroscience, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain. In addition to teaching, she plans to volunteer with an organization that provides services to adolescents struggling emotionally and socially. During the spring 2014 semester, Lindsey studied in Spain, taking advanced language and culture courses. For two summers she taught writing at a national non-profit for high-potential, underserved students. Upon her return to the U.S., Lindsey will explore master's programs as well as alternative teacher preparation programs for a career as a school counselor or teacher, working with underserved adolescent student populations in urban areas.

Laura Brady, Germany

Laura Brady, a 2014 graduate with majors in art history and Germanic studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Student Grant to teach English in Germany. In addition to her teaching duties, Laura plans to volunteer at a local art organization to assist with education, public outreach, or translation. She also hopes to organize fieldtrips to art museums and galleries for students who may not otherwise have access to these cultural centers. After returning from her Fulbright grant period in Germany, Laura plans to enter a graduate program with the ultimate goal of becoming a German language teacher.

Emily Cheung, Taiwan

Emily Cheung, a senior majoring in Chinese and psychology, has been awarded a Fulbright Assistantship to Taiwan. While teaching English in Taiwan she plans to become involved in the local musical community music by singing in choirs, and to study traditional Taiwanese folk songs as a way to better understand Taiwanese culture. After completing her Fulbright year, Emily plans to pursue a master’s degree in education or Child Development, with a focus on language development. She hopes to work with children professionally, as a mentor or teacher, developing and implementing programs to assist language learning.

Brittany Lashley, Taiwan

Brittany Lashley, a senior majoring in Chinese language and literature, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. At UMD, Brittany has been active as a peer mentor in the Education Abroad office, and as a participant in two alternative spring break programs with educational themes. She was the recipient of a Freeman-Asia Scholarship for study in China in 2012-2013. While in Taiwan, Brittany plans to build on her background working with a performing arts camp for the youth by volunteering in school-based theatrical productions. She also plans to use theatrical skits to help students gain and practice English language skills. Her goal is to help develop media-based language learning tools for a global educational services company.

Sarah Sexton, Germany

Sarah Sexton, a 2014 graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a Germanic studies minor, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. In Germany, Sarah plans to draw from her experience in multiplatform Journalism—skills in video, photography, and other visual tools—to engage students in learning English. Having sung with a university a cappella group for three years, she plans to assist with or start a school choir and help find opportunities for the students to perform. After her Fulbright year Sarah plans a career teaching English in Germany or working on the communications team in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.