"My opportunity to go to the University of Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship would not have been possible without the nurturing undergraduate environment UMD has given me—among others, I am grateful to my research mentors, course instructors, and peers. This award will allow me to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics, bringing me closer to achieving my dream of becoming a practicing physicist."
Nisha was awarded a semester abroad scholarship supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education to improve the English instruction of students. "While I am sadly not participating in this scholarship, I want to say thank you to UMD's National Scholarship Office for their constant support in my ambitious ideas and global endeavors... I encourage everyone to apply, write out your application early, make edits, and be ready for a life-changing experience."
"Pursuing an engineering career in Japan is a reality I am considering for my future. Because of that, I knew that studying abroad in Japan would be an essential experience. Thanks to the Freeman-ASIA award and everyone involved in my application process, I will be able to continue my Japanese language and engineering studies abroad."
"Throughout my time in university, I have worked and volunteered as a teacher, mentor, and tutor to students of many backgrounds. My diverse experiences as an educator helped prepare me for the valuable journey I will undergo as a Fulbright ETA in Spain. And a special shoutout to all my students, and coworkers who helped me learn Spanish."
"I am grateful for the opportunity to do my research project in Lublin, Poland. My first time in Poland was for an intensive Polish language summer program in Lublin. I fell in love with the city and its history, which seemed to call out from every stone and brick. I have designed a dissertation project centered around the city’s Jewish population in the early modern period. I look forward to conducting archival research and sharing my scholarship with Poland’s academic community."
Country: Sri Lanka
“When I entered my first computer science classroom I was shocked to see only three women in my class of thirty. The gender and racial disparity that exists in the field of computer science is one that has pushed me towards the education sector. In many ways, it's also what motivated to me apply to the Fulbright ETA program in hopes of understanding how to bring inclusivity into my own classroom."
"As a descendant of enslaved Africans, I understood the importance of paying it forward at a very young age; resultantly, my personal and academic endeavors have focused primarily on examining and dismantling systemic inequities in the US. However, after taking advantage of study abroad programs at Maryland, I recognized the value of being exposed to familiar challenges from entirely new perspectives. Having secured a Fulbright research grant, I am eager to not only continue to advocate on behalf of marginalized communities, but also to further my understanding of the common problems, ideals, and values shared between the US and other countries."
Twenty-one UMD students received Gilman scholarships for study abroad.
Not pictured: Daniel Akrong, Jennifer Alberti, Roger Arangorin Jr., Jenny Chen, Sabrina De Nicola, Jonathan Fuentes, Brian Gomez, Winnie Ho (declined), Thomas King, Jared Ordonez, Chanoe Park, Kyle Pressley (declined), Alex Rodriguez, Paul Seibert
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Four UMD juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering were awarded scholarships.
"Driven by a lifelong curiosity to develop tools for human health, I have been fortunate to perform research in drug delivery platforms and virus engineering, and to be involved in greater communities through associate advising and Engineers Without Borders. At Maryland, I look forward to using synthetic biology to explore new avenues for diagnostics and therapeutics." - Fauziah Rahma Zakaria
"Receiving the NSF GRF would not have been possible without the help of many mentors, colleagues, friends and most importantly people with dementia who gave their input and critique on my research plan. I hope to use this award to deepen our understanding of how people with dementia currently self-manage their condition and design new technologies to assist with their self-management, enabling people to take an active stance in their own health and well-being through supportive decision making and recovery-focused approaches." - Emma Dixon
“The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship has given me the opportunity to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkley, where I can continue to pursue research at the intersection of control theory and machine learning. I am fortunate to have received an award that will help me pursue an exciting career in research.” - Sara Pohland
"At UMD, I have been fortunate to have great mentors: Johnpierre Paglione, Nick Butch, Rick Greene, and Chris Lobb to name a few. My experiences with them, their postdocs, and their graduate students, have been invaluable to my growth as a student of science and to my achievement of the NSF graduate research fellowship. I will never forget the long (but fun) evenings in the lab, creating or adjusting experiments, and how these days brought me to this point in my career." - Mark Zic
“Winning this award as an early-stage scholar will distinguish me in the pursuit of an academic position, and will signal my desirability to other funding sources in the future of my academic career.” - Taiwo Mustafa
"I am extremely grateful for my undergraduate research experience and the opportunities Dr. Clyne has provided me here at UMD working in her lab for Vascular Kinetics. I hope to use the funds from my NSF GRFP to further understanding of the role endothelial cell metabolism plays in development of neurodegenerative diseases." - Callie Weber
"The NSF grant brings to fruition my childhood love of biology and fascination with the heavens above. UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences tuned this flame of interest into a conflagration of curiosity, which the bioenginering program fueled and which the NSF grant will allow me to sate." - Caitlyn Singam
"Because of the financial and professional support that I will receive through the Rangel Fellowship, I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for diplomacy learning from accomplished mentors and pursue an elite education in International Affairs while maintaining financial peace. This opportunity is beyond what I could have ever hoped for!"
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