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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…


October 15, 2019

Isy Okafor on building language skills through fellowships

Have you ever had a goal or dream so ambitious it felt impossible to reach? Many of us have stepped away from an ambition simply because the steps to reach it were unclear. Isy Okafor, a recent graduate who earned her master’s in materials science & engineering, has set an example for how small steps —…


September 30, 2019

Two graduate students named Fulbright Fellows 2019-20

The Fulbright scholarship program is the largest U.S. international exchange opportunity for students to pursue international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. For the past several years, the UW has been named a top producer of Fulbright students and scholars, ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education each February. For 2019-20 academic…



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