Building on San Diego State University’s success in the global arena, nine students received Fulbright awards for the 2016-17 academic year.
Eight undergraduates and one graduate student were selected this year by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent university graduates and graduate students.
In total, 85 SDSU students have received Fulbright awards since 2005, with 40 of those secured in the last five award cycles.
The current crop of Fulbright students will spend the 2016-17 academic year in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Seven will be English Teaching Assistants based in specific elementary, middle or high schools, and two will conduct research during their Fulbright year.
Oh, the places they’ll go
SDSU’s 2016-17 Fulbright awardees are:
Daniel Gerardi (English 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 students.
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 agencies.
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.
Workshops for aspiring Fulbright applicants are scheduled this semester from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Love Library 430 and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in Love Library 431.
Provost Emerita Nancy Marlin is the current Fulbright adviser, succeeding Alda Blanco, chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature, who mentored this year’s crop of successful Fulbright applicants.