Four UO students receive prestigious Fulbright awards

Natasha Willow

Four UO students have earned Fulbright awards to conduct research or teach abroad in 2018-19.

Recipients of student Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“Our Fulbright recipients and their diverse backgrounds are a reflection of the university’s ability to attract and cultivate student talent and also our growing presence in the world of international education and global affairs,” said Luis Ruiz, assistant director of advising at Global Education Oregon. “UO students in every academic field should consider the possibility of applying for a Fulbright grant.”

UO’s four students are part of a cohort of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The recipients are:

  • Emily Cole, a doctoral student in history, who will conduct research in Japan.
  • Brenda Garcia Millan, a master’s candidate in international studies, who will work in the Global Classrooms project in Madrid, Spain.
  • Natasha Willow, an undergraduate in Chinese, who will teach English in Taiwan.
  • Allison Zhou, an undergraduate biology student in the Clark Honors College, who will teach English in Taiwan.

In addition, Presley Quon, an undergraduate student in international studies, was selected as an official alternate to teach English in either Senegal or Benin, but her status had not been confirmed as of late May.

The Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad since it was established in 1946. Recipients address critical global issues in all disciplines.