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Five UVM Students, Alumni Win Fulbrights

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Five UVM applicants have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The prestigious awards are yearlong fellowships which enable seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students to live abroad and represent the United States as a part of the world’s largest intellectual and cultural exchange fellowship.

Three awardees will spend the year on an English Teaching Assistantship; Vanessa Avalone ’17, a biology major and French minor, has been funded to teach in Malaysia, while Will Julian ’17, a biochemistry major and Russian minor and Abby Dorfman ’15, a middle level education major, will teach in Russia and Holland respectively. 

Two awardees will conduct research. Nathaniel Fuchs ’16, an individually designed public health major with biology and geospatial technologies, will investigate the cultural and systemic factors of successful school vaccination systems in Norway, and Tracie Ebalu ’13, a psychology major and German minor, will research post-migration influences on the mental health functioning of refugees in Germany.

In the last five years, more than 100 UVM students and alumni have won or been finalists in prestigious scholarship and fellowship competitions ranging from the Fulbright to the Rhodes. Learn more about how UVM supports students and alumni through the Office of Fellowship Advising.