Six UConn Students Named Fulbright Finalists

2016-17 Fulbright finalists
2016-17 Fulbright finalists Dominick Sansone ’15, Francine Quintino ’16, Meghan Brown ’16, Michelle San Pedro (GRAD), Jia Li Liu (GRAD) and Carmen Britton (GRAD).

“The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.” The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships is pleased to announce that the following University of Connecticut students have been notified of their selection as either a Semi-Finalist or Finalist in the 2016-17 round of competition.  [The status of “Fulbright Semi-Finalist” means that the applicant was recommended by the National Screening Committee to the Fulbright Commission in-country. The status of “Fulbright Finalist” means that the applicant has been notified that they’ve been offered a grant to the country but have not yet completed official paperwork.]

Carmen Britton (Ph.D. Human Development & Family Studies, CLAS) Finalist for a research grant to Sri Lanka. Her project seeks to document the dynamics of people’s experiences within community-based rehabilitation programs in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Meghan Brown (M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, NEAG) Finalist for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Mexico. As an aspiring ELL instructor, her future plans have her working with the immigrant population in southern California.

Ryan Hatcher (M.A. Educational Psychology, NEAG) Semi-Finalist for a research grant to Poland. His project will examine the relationship between teacher and student creative self-beliefs utilizing the resources at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw.

Jia Li Liu (Ph.D. Human Development & Family Studies, CLAS) Finalist for a research grant to Hong Kong. Her research project will examine mother and teacher perceptions of Chinese immigrant children’s shyness in Hong Kong.

Cecilia Menendez (’15 French & Spanish, CLAS) Semi-Finalist for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Andorra. Her future plans include earning a master’s degree in foreign language or bilingual education.

Iva Petkova (’16 Political Science & Human Rights, CLAS) Semi-Finalist for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Korea. With a passion for teaching English and learning about politics and culture, she plans to attend law school to focus on international human rights law.

Francine Quintino (’16 Political Science, CLAS) Finalist for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Colombia. Her future plans include graduate study in higher education and student affairs with a focus on first-generation college students.

Mary (Molly) Rockett (’15 Political Science, CLAS) Semi-Finalist for a study grant to Royal Holloway College, UK. She plans to earn an MSc in elections, parties and public opinion and return to the U.S. to run for higher office.

Michelle San Pedro (Ph.D. Anthropology, CLAS) Finalist for a research grant to Nicaragua. Her research project aims to investigate the relationship between midwives and pregnant women during prenatal visits in Esteli, Nicaragua.

 Dominick Sansone (’15 Exercise Science, CAHNR) Finalist for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Bulgaria. Drawing upon his experience in Macedonia, he aspires to a career in international public service with a concentration in the Balkan region.

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