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2012 Fellowship Recipients

2012 Boren Fellowships Recipients

Heather Ashby is a fourth year doctoral student in the History. She plans to use the Boren Fellowship to study Russian and conduct research for her dissertation on the impact of Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin’s ideas of self-determination on people in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In Moscow, Heather will examine Soviet documents about Third World political figures who traveled to the Soviet Union between World War I and World War II.

2012 Critical Language Scholarship Recipients

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages.

Ying Jia Huang –Graduate student in Public Policy; Language: Korean

Basile Beaty –Doctoral student in Comparative Studies in Literature & Culture (Slavic Languages & Literature); Language: Russian

2012 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant Recipients

As the flagship international fellowship program of the United States, the Fulbright Student Grant supports one year of independent study, research, and teaching in one of over 140 countries around the world. Each year, nearly 6,000 students from around the United States compete for about 1000 Fulbright grants.

Caitlin Bradbury As a Global Business major with an interest in pursuing a career in international marketing, Caitlin will participate in the Binational Business Internship program in Mexico. Recipients of this grant complete a 10-month internship while enrolled in courses at a university. Caitlin previously studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Santiago, Chile. She will graduate in May with a major in International Relations (Global Business) and a minor in Organizational Leadership & Management.

Nelly Chavez is a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Spain. Nelly enjoys helping student with literacy and linguistic challenges, especially English-language learners. She hopes to bring this intimate knowledge to her secondary school teaching assignment in Madrid. Nelly will graduate from USC with majors in American Studies & Ethnicity and French, and a minor in Latin American Studies.

Huibin A. Chew is a doctoral student in Gender Studies and will spend her Fulbright year in the Philippines. Her project will explore the interplay between Filipino anti-imperialist movements and transnational feminism by examining the activities of GABRIELA, the largest federation of women’s groups in the Philippines. This study will serve as a foundation of Huibin’s dissertation research on gendered violence, the state, and the transnational politics of urban women’s organizing in the Philippines.

Joanne Cho graduated from USC in August 2009 with a Masters of Public Health. Her Fulbright project centers around studying the cultural and social stigmas of mental healthcare utilization and its correlation to high suicide rates among younger women in South Korea. She will be based at Yonsei Graduate School of Public health, where she will work with Dr. Sun-Ha Jee to identify participants for the study.

Sarah Goodrum is a doctoral student in Art History. She will spend one year in Germany to complete research for her dissertation, which examines photography in the Cold War period in East Germany under the leadership of the Socialist Unity Party. Sarah seeks to unite the study of the visual with the study of structures of power. She will examine state archives and interview photographers, curators, and East German scholars during her time in Berlin.

Nina Gordon-Kirsch will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Marketing. She plans to spend her Fulbright year researching levels of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in Israeli water, starting from treatment sites and ending in natural ecosystems. Her research methods will consist of water samples, water testing, evaluations, and coursework at the Ben-Gurion University of Negev.

Ayushi Gummadi received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to South Africa. Graduating with a major in Business Administration (International Relations) and a minor in Neuroscience, Ayushi is committed to enacting positive social change at the grassroots level. In addition to teaching, she hopes to create a regional dance program, and visit the village of Mpumalanga where she previously worked on a community based micro-enterprise project.

Christine Lee graduated from USC in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Studies and minors in Health Communication and Professional & Managerial Communications. She will spend her Fulbright year in South Korea exploring the role of media as a source of reproductive health information among adolescents. Her project will involve conducting an analysis of sources available to and accessed by adolescents, including schools, non-profits, and media.

Daniel Paly will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. As a Fulbright fellow, he will study the role of public policy support for private industry in the nascent Brazilian solar energy sector by examining regulatory infrastructure, government direct investment, and a potential Feed-In-Tariff. Daniel will conduct his study from the Universidade de São Paulo.

Teddy Raven graduated in 2010 from the USC Thornton School of Music with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, focusing on saxophone performance and composition. He will study Bulgarian folk music at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and seek to fuse his background in jazz and western music with more traditional forms. In addition, he will perform with the world-renowned Karandilla Gypsy Brass Orkestar and help them carry out an education initiative for underprivileged Roma youth.

Michael Shashoua received a Fulbright Grant to study in Madrid, Spain. He will explore the use of microfinance in Spain to supplement the knowledge of microfinance in developed countries. He plans to conduct a study of client profiles, sustainable lender practices and structural weaknesses. Michael will graduate in May with a major in Business Administration (International Relations), and a minor in Communication Law and Media Policy.

2012 Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Recipients

Karen Pham is a rising junior with a major in Art and an emphasis in Design and Photography. Karen also has a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She is the Publicity Director for the Chinese American Student Association, Staff Writer and Graphics Editor for the yearbook and several other student publications. As a participant of the Fulbright Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute, Karen hopes to enhance her creative eye, learn about the cultures and lifestyles in the United Kingdom, and make new, lasting friendships with people from all corners of the world.

2012 Gilman Scholarship Recipients

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Spring 2012

  • Vincent Alvarez – Major: American Studies & Ethnicity, Minor: Psychology & Law; Country: Brazil
  • Manvir Dhillon – Majors: Business Administration, Accounting; Country: Switzerland
  • Alexandra Edell – Major: Business Administration, Minor: Law & Public Policy; Country: Hong Kong
  • Amy Gong – Majors: Communication, Linguistics, Minor: French; Country: France
  • Alexandra Lopez – Majors: Communication, French; Country: France
  • Jin Oh – Major: Busienss Administration; Country: Korea
  • Kevin Steen – Major: Linguistics, Minors: History, Middle East Studies; Country: Jordan

Summer 2012

  • Fausto Hernandez – Major: Civil engineering, Minor: Spanish. Traveling to Argentina
  • Leowil Seth Villanueva – Majors: East Asian Languages and Cultures, International Relations (Global Business), and Spanish. Traveling to China.

2012 Goldwater Scholarship Recipients and Honorable Mentions

The Goldwater Scholarship supports undergraduate students interested in a career in mathematics, natural science or engineering who have the potental to make a significant contribution to their chosen field of study. It is also expected the the students selected intend to pursue a doctoral degree.


Matthew Orr – Major: Astronautical Engineering; Career Goal: PhD in High Energy Physics. Teach at the university level, and make significant contributions to the fields of plasma dynamics and space propulsion.

Honorable Mentions

Jared Todd Sokol – Major: Biochemistry; Career Goal: MD and PhD in Molecular Biology. Become a physician scientist involved in research and teaching at a School of Medicine.

2012 Marshall Scholars

Marshall Scholarships select up to 40 scholars each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth.

Elizabeth Ogonek, “a New York City native, holds a BM in composition from Indiana University and will receive her MM from the University of Southern California in May 2012. She currently studies with Stephen Hartke. She has been commissioned by the Brillaner Duo, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Alma Maria Liebrecht and the Deviant Septet. Her music has been performed by the IU Concert Orchestra, the Wellesley Sinfonietta, Dinosaur Annex, the Brillaner Duo, members of eighth blackbird and the Britten-Pears Ensemble. Her new chamber orchestra piece will be premiered in the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival. Elizabeth is a 2009 Beinecke Scholar.” View the Marshall Scholarship website for more information.

2012 Truman Scholars

The Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive program for individuals pursuing careers in public service. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Travis Glynn is an International Relations major with minors in German, Cultural Anthropology, International Policy and Management and Business Law. At USC, Travis is a Program Assistant for the Joint Educational Project (JEP) where he is the founder of JEP Explore, a service-learning program to teach international relations in Los Angeles Schools. A former intern for the Department of State and recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship in Urdu, Travis hopes to enter the Foreign Service and work on U.S. security policy.