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Hodna Nuernberg
Hodna Nuernberg is a literary translator and voracious reader of North African literature. She is excited to expose students in Morocco to contemporary American authors and, in turn, become a more sensitive translator and advocate for Maghrebian literature.

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Lisa Miles
Lisa Miles will travel throughout the Indonesian archipelago to study traditional beaten bark papermaking, printmaking, and natural dyeing still practiced in the region by contemporary artisans. She will create a series of one-of-a-kind bark paper artist books as a response to her experiences. To engage with the local community, she will offer free papermaking and bookbinding workshops to the public.

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Niko McCarty
Recognizing that science, at its core, is an international effort, Nicholas McCarty will use his Fulbright Program Partnership Award grant to conduct research on a global stage and foster collaborations with European scientists in the United Kingdom. McCarty’s ultimate goal is to make intensive drug production processes much less expensive in an effort to expand access for cardiovascular disease patients.

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Jasmine Mangrum
The opportunity to decrease smoking rates in Romania and find creative ways to teach and engage with another culture are goals Jasmine Mangrum plans to achieve with her Fulbright Study/Research grant. The pharmacy/public health graduate also plans to integrate pharmacists into the global health workforce.

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Samantha Korns
Samantha Korns thoroughly enjoys teaching. After traveling to Russia in 2016, Korns looks forward to creating a cross-cultural understanding with Russian students, practicing Russian Sambo, and using her entrepreneurial knowledge to lead discussions on evaluating business ideas. 

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Alexis Koch
Before pursuing a medical education, Alexis Koch plans to use her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach and tutor children in Spain. Koch recognizes that interacting with people in another culture will improve her ability to communicate complicated ideas into something even children would understand. 

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Ian Dunshee
The UI honors seminar that Ian Dunshee attended his freshman year set the stage for his future research and Fulbright award.  Combining his interests in anthropology and geospatial technology, Dunshee hopes to pave the way for tourism, education, preservation, and research in the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles.

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Victor Diaz
Victor Diaz understands the importance of learning languages and understanding culture. As a 2017-18 Fulbright finalist, he looks forward to encouraging students in Mexico to create original works of theatre and identify with the English language. Diaz studied abroad in India through the India Winterim program, and has since continued to pursue his desire to become an educator.

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Kache Claytor
Des Moines native Kaché Claytor fused her academic interest in journalism and Spanish to share stories of people of color and understand how race is defined in different cultures. While in Colombia, Claytor will teach English, lead writing workshops, and research the African diaspora in Latin America.

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Drew Calvert
Andrew Calvert looks forward to using his grant for research about American history abroad to inform the novel he is working on set in the Philippines. Calvert says he also looks forward to exposure to a new community of writers.

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