Eight U students nominated as semi-finalists for Fulbright awards for 2021-22

The University of Utah has eight Fulbright semi-finalists this year. This year’s list has six undergraduate students and two Ph.D. students, including four English Teaching Assistant semifinalists and four Research Grant semi-finalists. Countries include Vietnam, Cameroon, Germany, Turkey, Colombia, Taiwan, Mexico, and Hungary.

Making it to the semi-finalist round is a significant accomplishment in the Fulbright competition, and means that the applications have been forwarded by the Fulbright National Screening Committee to the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the host country for final review. Finalists will be notified later this spring, with the timing of notifications varying by country.

University of Utah’s 2021-22 Fulbright semi-finalists are:

Devon Cantwell, Ph.D., Political Science, Fulbright Research Award to Vietnam

Devon will examine environmental justice in climate adaptation and mitigation planning in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in relationship to other cities in Southeast Asia and the national climate strategy in Vietnam.

Alessandra Cipriani-Detres, BA,International Studies and Minor in Spanish and Italian, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia.

Ian Farkas, BA, Political Science, International Studies, and Middle East Studies with Turkish Language, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey.

Peter Johnston, BA, Political Science and minor in Spanish, English Teaching Assistantship Mexico.

Elissa Krebs, Ph.D., Violin Performance, Minor in Viola Pedagogy, Fulbright Research Grant to Germany.

Her project is to work with the distinguished scholars at the Max Reger Institute, and research and write her dissertation on the little-known solo violin music of Max Reger.

Caitlin Silianoff, BA, English and Political Science, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan

Elliott Sipple, BS, International Studies, Fulbright Research Grant to Hungary.

Elliott will explore the perceptions of the Hungarian people and their opinions on how U.S. foreign policy has impacted the respect for democratic institutions and the civil society in Hungary.

Celine Slam, BS, Chemistry, Fulbright Research Grant to Cameroon.

Celine will study what malaria parasite genetic factors contribute to asymptomatic malaria. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Program at the U (www.fulbright.utah.edu) is sponsored by the Office for Global Engagement and the Graduate School. For more information, students can contact Prof. Howard Lehman, Director of the Fulbright Program (lehman@poli-sci.utah.edu).