CLEMSON – The United States flagship international education exchange program, the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, has selected four Clemson University students and two current alumni for 2020-2021. The University has 56 Fulbright Student recipients in total, and this year is an annual record with six recipients.
Sponsored by the U.S. government, this program is designed to increase mutual understanding between people in the United States and people from other countries. Recipients, depending on the field, will serve as teaching assistants, enroll in undergraduate programs, or actively pursue independent research.
Recipients are chosen based on academic or professional achievements, as well as leadership potential shown in their fields. During the application process, students submit their preferences for location as well as if they are pursuing study-research awards or teaching assistants.
The four students currently receiving the award are:
Charles Dove, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Sciences
Dove, a member of Honors College, is a recent graduate in electrical engineering and received the Swiss Study-Research Fulbright Program Award. He received the Honorary Award from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Foundation Fellowship in 2020, a 2019 Astronaut Scholarship and was a recipient of the 2019 W.M. Riggs Award, awarded to top Electrical Engineering students based on outstanding academic achievement, character, and leadership. Dove is one of ten recipients of a national research award in 2020 for studying in Switzerland.
Jessica Baron, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Sciences
Baron is a Ph.D. student in computer science, visual computing and receiving the Swiss Study-Research Fulbright Program Award. He is currently a Postgraduate Research Assistant in 2D and 3D facial analysis and a Graduate Record Teacher for Digital Production Arts. In addition he has an internship at TH Köln in Germany, Weta Digital in New Zealand, and Pixar RenderMan. Baron has maintained a GPA of 4.0 throughout his postgraduate computer science studies at Clemson and his undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (computer science). He is one of ten recipients of a national research award in 2020 for studying in Switzerland.
Jonathan Vogel, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Sciences
Vogel is a recent graduate in mechanical engineering and received the Aston Martin Coventry University Automotive Award. This is the first year the award was offered by Fulbright, and Vogel was chosen as the sole recipient. This covers the first year of the master’s program and includes an industrial placement with Aston Martin after completion. At Clemson Vogel is a member of the Honors College and National Scholar.
McKinnon Reece, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Sciences
Reece is a recent graduate in mechanical engineering and received the Taiwanese English Teaching Assistant from the Fulbright Program. A member of Honors College, he has a Mandarin minor and was previously selected for the Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State to study Chinese. He will be a teaching assistant, and will work with local English teachers in elementary, middle or high school.
The two Clemson alumni who received awards were:
Madison Butler, School of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Butler graduated from the University of 2015 and obtained a degree in international languages and health. He received a Spanish English Teaching Assistant from the Fulbright Program. As a teaching assistant, he will teach English in elementary, middle or high school. He previously served as a teacher at Teach for America.
Mary Lyons, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; School of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
Lyons is a 2019 graduate from the University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and politics. He received the Serbian English Teaching Assistant from the Fulbright Program. As a member of Honors College, Lyons previously studied abroad in Serbia and will return to teach English to K-12 students. He is one of only two recipients nationally to receive an assistant in Serbia this year.
In addition, Clemson has one graduate student and one alumni who is appointed as a successor – Erich Hofmann (doctoral student, biological science) and Linnea Bacon (graduate 2019, psychology). In exchange, these two students may still receive awards before the start of the grant period next year.
Clemson also has four additional semi-finalists. These students are recommended by the National Screening Committee to the countries of their choice for final selection. They are Thomas Marshall (UK), Ashley Girvin (Health Sciences), Erin Stiers (Graduates, Biology) and Andy Gasparini (History and Political Science).
Students interested in the US Fulbright Student Program or other national competitive programs should contact the Office of Major Fellowships at 864-656-9704 or [email protected].
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