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June 29, 2020

Eight graduate students receive Fulbright 2020-21 research grants

China, Germany, Nigeria, and Sweden are just some of the countries where UW graduate students and alumni will be conducting research next year, as eight students and alumni were awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2020-2021 school year.  UW Graduate and professional students and alumni can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program…


January 31, 2020

Natalie Gasca — A Biostatistician Travels the World

Natalie Gasca overlooking Lake Titicaca in Bolivia

Natalie Gasca, a PhD student in Biostatistics, discusses the transformative experience of the Bonderman Fellowship and how it has impacted her perspective on health and well-being and her future aspirations. Read the story.


Colleen Kimsey’s Bonderman Travel Reflections

Colleen Kimsey in front of a mural in Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa

Colleen Kimsey completed the Bonderman Fellowship with a trek in Nepal this September. The Bonderman Fellowship provides UW students with the opportunity to independently travel the world for eight months. Students choose the countries they will visit, and the fellowship provides them with the opportunity to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to…


January 21, 2020

William Bamber Awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship

William Bamber Awarded the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship

William Bamber, a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Near & Middle East Studies, was awarded the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship for 2019-20. Bamber’s research explores Ottoman influences in South and Southeast Asia in the late 19th century. Read more.


January 13, 2020

NSF GRFP fellow Jessica Hernandez helps restore Seattle’s Indigenous landscape

Jessica Hernandez interviews UW senior Victoria Jackson for her podcast 'Indigenizing Urban Seattle' on Nov 18, 2019.

Jessica Hernandez, an NSF GRFP fellow and PhD student in the UW School of Environmental & Forest Sciences, is helping to restore Seattle’s Indigenous landscape through her dissertation work with the Daybreak Star Cultural Center and Discovery Park to restore the Center’s Bernie Whitebear Garden. She has turned her conversations with urban Native community members…


2019 Tillman Scholar David Coomes, Ph.D., Epidemiology

Tillman Scholar David Coomes, Ph.D., Epidemiology

David Coomes, a Ph.D. student the UW Epidemiology Department, was awarded the 2019 Tillman Scholarship for his research in nutritional epidemiology. David hopes his work will contribute to improving nutrition policy.


November 14, 2019

NSF GRFP Fellow Yasmine Farhat works to protect Cambodia’s food security

Yasmine Farhat in a rice field in Cambodia

Yasmine Farhat, an NSF GRFP fellow in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is part of an interdisciplinary UW research effort to preserve the food system of Cambodia in the face of new hydropower dams planned for construction along the Mekong River. Yasmine’s research aims to understand the variables that impact rice growth and…


November 9, 2019

Two UW graduate students granted the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that two graduate students have been named awardees of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Award to conduct research in 2020-2021.


November 5, 2019

Maria Blancas Wins $100,000 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship

Maria Blancas

Maria Blancas, a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, was awarded the $100,000 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship for the 2019-2021 award period. The fellowship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate a strong capacity for leadership and potential to address a specific environmental issue. Maria studies field conditions for farmworkers in Washington…


October 30, 2019

Critical Language Scholarship Awardee Kelsey Bilek Studies Swahili in Tanzania

Kelsey Bilek spent the summer studying Swahili as an awardee of the 2019 U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.  The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills in languages that are less…



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