Fulbright U.S. Student Program Recipients

Below is a listing of University of Iowa students and alumni who have been awarded the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant in recent years.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

All UI students, including undergraduate, graduate, professional students and university alumni apply through Fulbright Program Advisor Karen Wachsmuth in International Programs, karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu, 319-335-1436. Learn more about applying for the Fulbright.

Types of awards

  • ETA = The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms
  • Study/Research = The Fulbright Study/Research grant is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country.

Awarded in 2014

Read more about these winners

Name

Hometown

Discipline

Type of Award

Destination

Sophie Amado

Chicago, IL

B.A., English and Spanish

ETA

Spain

Kathleen Burke

Spirit Lake, IA

B.A., international studies and global health

ETA

Brazil

Nicholas Hallman

Des Moines, IA

B.A., international studies, history, and French

ETA

Turkey

Benjamin Mauk

Laurel, MD

Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Study/Research

Germany

Stephanie Muller

Denver, CO

B.A., theater arts and history

ETA

Mongolia

Patrick Reed

Iowa City, IA

M.F.A., papermaking and bookbinding

Study/Research

Germany

Katherine Ryken

Iowa City, IA

M.D. candidate

Study/Research

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Megan Starrett

Rock Rapids, IA

D.M.A., horn performance

Study/Research

Hungary

Kate Kedley*

Cedar Rapids, IA

Ph.D.

Study/Research

Honduras

Andrew Nance*

Rochester, MI

M.F.A.

Study/Research

Ireland

*Denotes alternate

Briana Smith in Germany
Briana Smith

Awarded in 2013

Read more about these winners

 Name

 Hometown

 Discipline

Type of Award

 Destination

Rebecca McCray

Iowa City, IA

B.A., English

Study/Research

Slovenia

Margaret Ross

New York City, NY

M.F.A., Poetry

Study/Research

China

Briana Smith

Fridley, MN

Ph.D., History

Study/Research

Germany


Lynne Ann Larsen

Awarded in 2012

Read more about these winners

 Name

 Hometown

 Discipline

Type of Award

 Destination

Lynne Ann Larsen

Marietta, PA

Ph.D., Art and Art History

Study/Research

Benin

Andrea Rosenberg

Durham, NC

M.F.A., Comparative literature and translation

Study/Research

Argentina

Sean Tolentino

Redondo Beach, CA

Ph.D., Computer Science

Study/Research

South Africa

Erica Hayes*

Marion, IA

B.A.

ETA

Norway

Jennifer Zoble*

Brooklyn, NY

M.F.A.

Study/Research

Serbia

*Denotes alternate


Luke Juran

Awarded in 2011

Read more about these winners

 Name

 Hometown

 Discipline

Type of Award

 Destination

Luke Juran

Dyersville, IA

Ph.D., Geography

Study/Research

India

Andrew Saito

San Francisco, CA

M.F.A., Creative Writing

Study/Research

Papua New Guinea

Sangeeta Tandon

Bettendorf, IA

PharmD

Study/Research

Togo

Sarah Viren

Tampa, FL

MFA, Creative Writing

ETA

Colombia

Lia Yoon

Johnston, IA

M.S., Nursing

Study/Research

Brazil

Awarded in 2010

Read more about these winners

 Name

 Hometown

 Discipline

Type of Award

 Destination

Edward Gauvin

Bridgewater, NJ

MFA, Creative Writing

Study/Research

Belgium

Marisa P. Handler

San Francisco, CA

MFA, Creative Writing

Study/Research

India

Hanvey Hsiung

San Jose CA

M.F.A.

Study/Research

Belgium

Sarita Patnaik

Denison, IA

B.A., French and international studies

Study/Research

Morocco

Nicole Pietrantoni

Lisle, IL

MFA, Printmaking

Study/Research

Iceland

Lauren K. Reynolds

Ames, IA

B.A., International studies and Spanish

ETA

Turkey

Katherine J. L. Thorpe

Seattle, WA

MFA, Poetry

Study/Research

Germany

Jenny J. Zhang

Glen Cove, NY

MFA, Creative Writing

ETA

France


Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Awarded in 2009

Read more about these winners

 Name

 Hometown

 Discipline

Type of Award

 Destination

Andrew Carey

Farragut, IA

B.A., English and Spanish

ETA

Mexico

Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Elgin, IL

MFA, Poetry

ETA

Portugal

Sarah Lowen

Marion, IA

B.A., Japanese and linguistics

ETA

South Korea

Peter Pellegrino

Maple Grove, MN

B.S., Biomedical engineering

Study/Research

Italy

Diana Thow

Berkeley, CA

MFA, Comparative literature

Study/Research

Italy

Brian Miller*

Roswell, GA

Ph.D., History

Study/Research

Turkey

*Denotes alternate

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