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U.S. Scholars

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers grants for 4 to 9 months through a competition open to college and university faculty, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars. There are 4 award categories available: Distinguished Chair, Lecturer, Researcher and Lecturer/Researcher. Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 11 scholarships in this category for the 2018-19 academic year.

Host Institution: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 9/1/2018 Grant End Date: 12/31/2018

Field of Study: Music Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Tadeusz Wronski: Uncovering the Cultural and Pedagogical Legacy of a Polish-American Artistic Icon

Host Institution: Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Glass, Wroclaw

Grant Start Date: 2/1/2019 Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Arts Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Project Title: “The Meeting Place”: The Intersection of Glass Teaching and Research in Wroclaw, Poland

Host Institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 9/1/2018 Grant End Date: 5/31/2019

Field of Study: Biology Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: Regulation of gene expression by mRNA translation in response to stress: Masters seminar and pedagogy workshop in molecular biology

Bio: Gretchen is an associate professor of biology in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in Southern California. She studies regulation of gene expression in response to stress in the budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) model system. In her own molecular biology lab, Gretchen has supervised 58 undergraduates, many of whom are from groups underrepresented in science. She has received funding from the Keck Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her work.

In the W.M. Keck Science Department, Gretchen teaches molecular biology with lab for upper division students, introductory interdisciplinary science for majors, introductory biology, non-majors biology, and courses that bridge science and the humanities. Gretchen was co-PI on an NSF grant that provided funding to start the integrated science course and has been involved in curricular development and reform throughout the science department. She is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and serves as a CUR Councilor for the Biology Division.

Gretchen recently completed six years as Associate Dean of Faculty at Scripps College. As Associate Dean, she oversaw student research opportunities and external fellowships including Fulbright. She supported faculty through development programs focused on teaching and research and will have the opportunity to work with the biology faculty at the University of Warsaw on science pedagogy.

Host Institution: University of Gdansk, Faculty of History, Gdansk

Grant Start Date: 1/14/2019 Grant End Date: 6/13/2019

Field of Study: Sociology Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Oral Histories of Polish Return Solidarity Refugees

prof. Mary Erdmans Fulbright ScholarBio: Mary is Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in 1992, and her BA from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame in 1981. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Thailand 1982-1984) and has been studying the Solidarity movement and Polish migration since her graduate school days in Chicago. Her areas of interest include immigration and ethnicity, the intersectionality of gender, class, and race, and narrative research methods. She is the author of three books: On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy (co-authored with Timothy Black); The Grasinski Girls: The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made; and Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in Polish Chicago, 1976-1990. While in Poland, she is collecting the oral histories of refugees from the Solidarity movement who returned to Poland after 1989. Her husband, Timothy Black, also a sociologist, will be joining her in Gdansk, but unfortunately, she has to leave her beloved JC at home.

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 2/1/2019 Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Law Grant category: Distinguished Chair

Project Title: Course on the United States Supreme Court, and a seminar on The Idea of Justice

Bio: David F. Forte is Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr. – Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair.  In 2016 and 2017, Professor Forte was Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Politics. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto, and Columbia University.

During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. He has authored a number of briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has frequently testified before the United States Congress and consulted with the Department of State on human rights and international affairs issues. In 2002, the Department of State sponsored a speaking tour for Professor Forte in Amman, Jordan, and he was also a featured speaker to the Meeting of Peoples in Rimini, Italy. He has also been called to testify before numerous state legislatures across the country. He has sat as acting judge on the municipal court of Lakewood Ohio and was chairman of Professional Ethics Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association. He has received a number of awards for his public service, including the Cleveland Bar Association’s President’s Award, the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Service, the Cleveland State University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. He served as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.  In 2003, Dr. Forte was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Trento and returned there in 2004 as a Visiting Professor.

He writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs. His teaching competencies include Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, American Politics, Natural Law, International Law, International Human Rights, and Constitutional History.

Host Institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Sopot

Grant Start Date: 9/1/2018 Grant End Date: 12/31/2018

Field of Study: Geology Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Assessing Body Size Variation in Response to Climate Change: Hierarchical Environmental Analysis within the Arctic Marine Ecosystem

Bio: Steve Hageman is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. His research program is focused on patterns of microevolution and speciation, with an emphasis on accounting for sources of morphological variation due to genotypic and environmental controls (nature vs. nurture). His data comes from both the fossil record and modern marine settings. He employs multivariate statistical methods to study these relationships. His primary study group is the colonial phylum Bryozoa, which produces modules with skeletons that have strong potential for preservations as fossils and can contain information about the environmental conditions in which they formed. In 2006, Hageman was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Croatia, Rovinj and Zagreb. He is the past editor of the Journal of Paleontology. Prior to joining the Appalachian Faculty in 1998, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and the University of South Australia, Adelaide. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and his B.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Host Institution: Medical University of Lublin, Chair and Department of Family Medicine, Lublin

Grant Start Date: 2/18/2019 Grant End Date: 6/18/2019

Field of Study: Psychology Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Project Title: The Importance of Gerontology Education: Making Career Choices for the Future of Poland

Bio: William E. Hills is a Professor of Psychology at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. He earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in biological psychology from the University of Georgia, and holds a Master’s degree and license to practice in the field of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He is a past chair of the Department of Psychology at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches courses in gerontology and the history and systems of psychology. His research interests are focused in the area of gerontology, he is a Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and he has published and presented numerous times both nationally and internationally on his work. He has previously taught gerontology on a Fulbright Scholarship to the Russian Federation (2013), and he has twice participated in study groups for Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad to Poland (1992, 2003). He has most recently conducted U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue grant-funded research in Russia, and he maintains an active, working relationship with a Moscow-based physician who provides home-based medical services for pensioners and older adults in Russia identified as Victims of Repression. Hills will serve in spring 2019 as a Fulbright Scholar to the Medical University of Lublin, where he has an appointment to teach gerontology in the Department of Family Medicine.

Host Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Poznan

Grant Start Date: 1/1/2019 Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Geography Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: Geographic Information Systems for Locational and Urban Planning Decisions

Host Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Facult of Biology, Poznan

Grant Start Date: 2/1/2019 Grant End Date: 5/31/2019

Field of Study: Biology Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Grant category: Visiting Teaching Scholar

Bio: Shawn Meagher is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, Illinois. He has performed research on a variety of subjects in wildlife parasitology, and has studied several different host-parasite systems, including (1) the effects of inbreeding on resistance to parasites (mice and roundworms); (2) the health effects of parasites on hosts (roundworms or fly larvae on mice); (3) host characteristics that affect parasite infection rates (mice and their parasite communities, fish and flatworms, cockroaches and roundworms); and (4) parasite species diversity (lice on turkeys and flatworms in fishes). He has mentored nearly 100 research students, and published 13 peer-reviewed papers on these topics. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he will be a Fulbright Teaching Scholar at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland. While at AMU, Shawn will work on research projects with his AMU colleague, Dr. Rafal Zwolak, as well as teach. At WIU, he teaches Parasitology, Conservation Biology, Genetics, and History of the Natural Sciences. He was recognized as WIU’s Outstanding Teacher at the College level (Arts & Sciences) in 2016, and at the University level in 2017.

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Institute of Polish Culture, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 2/1/2019 Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Film/Cinema Studies Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Project Title: Kinetic Bodies/Paralyzed Subjects: Eastern European Sex Slaves in Recent Visual Culture

Prof. Aga Skrodzka Fulbright ScholarBio: Dr. Aga Skrodzka is associate professor of film and media studies at Clemson University. Her recent research and pedagogy interests include world cinema, transnational classroom, gender and class politics on screen, (post)socialist visual cultures, and narratives of trafficking and sex slavery. Skrodzka is the author of Magic Realist Cinema in East Central Europe (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and the lead editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2019), which brings together thirty-three international scholars in a single-volume collaboration. She co-chairs the RCID Cinema-Games Colloquium and is a member of the peer-review college for the UK-based journal Studies in European Cinema. In 2012-14, Skrodzka spearheaded the creation of Clemson University’s World Cinema Studies program.

Supported by the Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Warsaw, Poland, her current book project, titled Kinetic Bodies/ Paralyzed Subjects, focuses on the ways in which the figure of sex slave is constructed and mediated on screen. Using an inderdisciplinary and transnational perspective, Skrodzka explores how the bodies of Eastern European immigrant women and children, and their images disseminated on different media platforms, continue to serve as a physical and symbolic battleground for various cultural, economic, and political agents. Through careful visual media analysis, Skrodzka’s research contributes to the rising discourse that insists on depathologizing sex work migration, instead approaching it as an issue of labor rights and worker protection laws.

Host Institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 1/15/2019 Grant End Date: 5/14/2019

Field of Study: Sociology Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Project Title: The Problem of Social Integration in Diverse Societies: Models from Social Network Theory and Research

Bio: John Skvoretz is Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida and Emeritus Carolina Distinguished Professor of Sociology from the University of South Carolina. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of the 2012 James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, he has undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Sociology and completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in mathematical sociology. His research interests include the development and application of formal theoretical methods to sociological questions. John Skvoretz’s recent research focuses on network analysis and modeling, including the development and testing of random and biased net models, population differentiation and network structure, and the application of exponential random graph models to the analysis of social networks. He is past President of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a collaborator on projects with USF colleagues from Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, Chemistry and Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health, and the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement in the College of Education.


Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curricula, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 11 scholarships so far in this category for the 2018-19 academic year. Number of grants might be subject to change after next recruitment cycle for this award.

Host Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Physics, Poznan

Grant Start Date: 02/24/2019
Grant End Date: 03/09/2019

Field of Study: Physics Education
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Application of 1D and 2D materials in nanoelectronics”

Bio: Dr. Deji Akinwande is an Endowed Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD degree from Stanford University in 2009. Prof. Akinwande has been honored with the 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, the U.S Presidential PECASE award, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, several DoD Young Investigator awards, and was a past recipient of fellowships from the Kilby/TI, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 3M, and Stanford DARE Initiative. His work on silicene has been featured by Nature news, Time magazine, and was selected among the top 2015 science stories by Discover magazine. He serves as an Editor for the IEEE Electron Device Letters and Nature NPJ 2D Materials and Applications. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Host Institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Art, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 11/19/2018
Grant End Date: 12/3/2018

Field of Study: American (U.S.) Studies/Social Work
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Theatre and dramatherapy in prison”

Bio:  John Bergman (MA, RDT, BCT) is a UK born drama therapist/theatre director/associate professor with over 36 years experience with prisoners and prison officers, as well as with men, women, and children in all types of criminal justice settings. He is the founder and Director of Geese Theatre Company USA, founder/teacher of Geese Company UK, and a Board member of Transcena in Romania. He has also worked in prisons in Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Bulgaria, and Croatia. He has presented internationally at over 500 professional conferences. He is the recipient of the NADTA 2005 Research Award. John was the clinical supervisor and program creator of a therapeutic neurological program for adolescents in Melbourne, faculty/coordinator of Lesley University’s drama therapy MA program. and is currently Visiting Associate Professor at Hollins University MFA program, where he is teaching applied theatre and drama therapy. He is the author of: “Challenging Experience, An Experiential Approach to the Treatment of Serious Offenders” and co-edited “Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology : Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse” as well as numerous chapters on the use of drama therapy in the treatment of complex incarcerated clients. He regularly contributes to international conferences including ECARTE, the European Creative Arts Therapy Conference and EFD- the European Federation of Drama Therapy. His current research focuses on neurobiology and theatre/theatre as a change agent.

Host Institution: Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Laboratory of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economic Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 9/24/2018
Grant End Date: 10/12/2018

Field of Study: Veterinary Medicine
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Equine Infectious Diseases Laboratory”

Bio: Craig Carter received his BS, DVM, MS and PhD at Texas A&M University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Academies of Practice. After veterinary school, he ran a solo large animal ambulatory practice in Texas for five years and later joined the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory as a Clinical Associate. In 1985, he created the Department of Epidemiology and Informatics to better serve the laboratory and its clients. He served as Head of that department until 2005. He then joined the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science as a full professor of epidemiology. In 2007 he was appointed as Director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he oversees lab operations, conducts research, and works with his graduate students. His active and reserve duty military career in the USAF and US Army spanned four decades and three combat deployments, retiring as a full Colonel in 2009. He served as the Executive Director of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians from 2000-2017 and is a past president of the AAVLD. He is currently president of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society. His research interests are infectious disease epidemiology, real-time electronic animal health monitoring, clinical decision support, and laboratory information systems.  He is active internationally, having lived and worked outside the US for five years and consulted in over thirty countries. He was awarded the AVMA XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize in 2016. He will be serving as a Fulbright Specialist in his ancestral country of Poland in Sep/Oct, 2018.

Host Institution: Public Kindergarten No. 106, Human Resources, Lodz

Grant Start Date: 03/03/2018
Grant End Date: 03/23/2018

Field of Study: Educational Psychology
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Let’s discover Montessori again …”

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Institute of English Studies, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/7/2018
Grant End Date: 10/21/2018

Field of Study: American Studies
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Native American Studies”

Bio: Gordon Henry is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation in Minnesota. Dr. Henry is also a Professor in the English Department at Michigan State University, where he teaches American Indian Literature, Creative Writing and the Creative Process, in Integrative Arts and Humanities. He serves as Senior Editor of the American Indian Studies Series (and the series sub-imprint Mukwa Enewed) at Michigan State University Press. Under his editorship the AISS has published research and creative work by an array of scholars, working in a variety of disciplines, related to the larger field of American Indian Studies. Six years ago, while serving as Director of the Native American Institute at Michigan State, he founded, along with Ellen Cushman, the Native American Youth Film Institute. As an offshoot of that project Professor Henry is working with the NAI and the Michigan Inter-Tribal Council, on Indigistory, a community based digital storytelling project. Gordon is also a published poet and fiction writer. In 1995 he received an American Book Award for his novel the Light People and his poetry, fiction and essays have been published extensively, in the U.S. and Europe. In 2204, he co-published an educational reader on Ojibwe people with George Cornell. In 2007, Henry published a mixed-genre collection, titled The Failure of Certain Charms, with Salt Publishing, out of the U.K. He also co-edited a collection of essays on American Indian Literature, titled Stories through Theory <->Theory through Stories in 2009. His poetry, fiction and critical writing has been published extensively internationally.

His writing has appeared in journals and anthologies, in translation in Spain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the U.K. and Germany. In 2018 Professor Henry, was also appointed as a Gordon Russell, Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College where he taught courses in Re-mapping Tribal Narratives and the American Indian Novel. Gordon has also served as an Anishinaabe Oshkawbaywis, a ceremonial helper and facilitator for a variety of ceremonies, as passed on to him by the late Turtle Mountain elder and spiritual leader, Francis Cree and his brother Louis Cree. Henry has been participating in, and helping
with, a number of ceremonies for over thirty years.

Host Institution: Univerity of Lower Silesia, Faculty of Education; International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, Wroclaw

Grant Start Date: 10/15/2018
Grant End Date: 11/23/2018

Field of Study: Teacher Education and Professional Development
Aim of the Grant: Teaching

Project Title: “EDiTE Doctoral Research Seminar”

Mahoney Timothy Fulbright SpecialistBio: Tim is currently Associate Professor and Department Chair of Educational Foundations at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.  Tim began his teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, and has worked in public schools, private schools, and Schools of Education in Michigan, Colorado, Montana, California, Taiwan, and Pennsylvania.  While Tim thinks of himself as a teacher first, he has also presented and published original research in regional, national and international forums. The center of his scholarship is on the development of dispositions in beginning teachers.  His focus on dispositions concerns how beginning teachers acquire the skills, capacity and, most importantly, desire to be effective teachers for all students.  Tim’s research examines the development of “generative dispositions” in teacher certification and new teacher evaluation that combines beliefs and behaviors, two areas of disposition development that are described in psychological and sociological research as separate and distinct.  His work illustrates how an emphasis on educative disposition evaluation can reveal how the description and evaluation of positive and professional behaviors can have a transformative effect on how new teachers come to believe in themselves as effective teachers for all their students.  Tim’s research on dispositions touches on multicultural and multilingual education, rural and urban teaching and universal designs for learning.

Host Institution: Lodz University of Technology, International Faculty of Engineering, Lodz

Grant Start Date: 5/20/2019
Grant End Date: 6/2/2019

Field of Study: Mathematics
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Flipped Education”

Bio: Elizabeth Mauch is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.  Previously, she was a Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the College of Education at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA.

She has had an interest in the recruitment and retention of students in STEM disciplines for nearly two decades.  Her research in this area began when she led the Math & Science Resource Center at Bloomsburg University.  She broadened significantly the vision and mission of the center to include STEM summer camps for local 5th through 12th grade students, as well as to include meaningful research-based training and development programs for local teachers in STEM subjects, all with the goal of enhancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educational experiences for local K through 12th grade students.

During her time as Dean of the College of Education, she was able to work collaboratively with university faculty, regional school districts, local politicians, and area business leaders to extend the initiatives that she had begun as Director of the Math & Science Center to the continuing project that has become known as the Regional STEM Education Center.   The anchor program for the center was the STEM Magnet Program.  She led this effort at the urging of regional, rural superintendents who were concerned that their students were not being challenged in STEM subjects in their last two years in high school, which was impacting regional student ability to major in a STEM subject in college.  She expanded the ideas of the NSF grant that she obtained in 2007 to create a successful rural model.  She worked collaboratively with our school district partners to customize a mathematics program for students.  In addition, she worked collaboratively with industry partners, who were interested in this program because they were having difficulty finding skilled workers who want to live and work in the rural central Pennsylvania region.  One of her most significant responsibilities was to provide fiscal leadership in the on-going operations of the various programs.  She worked to secure sustainable funding from regional businesses through a tax program in Pennsylvania known as the Educational Incentive Tax Credit system, secured sustainable funding from Bloomsburg University and obtained grants for innovative new programming.

Host Institution: University of Wrocław, The Faculty of Letters; Institute of English Studies, Wroclaw

Grant Start Date: 11/7/2018
Grant End Date: 11/23/2018

Field of Study: Multicultural Education
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Language acquisition in multicultural education”

Bio: Dr. McDermott is a University administrator of an education program that trains teachers and offers graduate degrees. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sarajevo lecturing and teaching within a wide variety of disciplines and engaging faculty in pedagogic conversations to share strategies for student success. She served on the Board of the International Step by Step Association. She began her career as a high school English teacher and taught a wide variety of grades. Her background as a Pre-K through university instructor has afforded her much opportunity to develop strong pedagogic skills. Her volunteer work with the Open Society Foundation as a member of the RWCT team afforded her many opportunities to work with teachers and university faculty in Moldova, Romania, and Armenia. She continues to teach graduate classes including a children’s literature class, a second language development class, a neuroscience course, a classroom management course, and a history of education course. She is the author of more than 50 articles and 5 books that are related to pedagogy and language arts and also include issues of children’s literature and language development. Her research interests focus on how pedagogic practices provide opportunities for faculty and students to be successful in the changing world cultural climate. She has presented at a wide variety of national and international conferences. As a university administrator, she enjoys working with colleagues to brainstorm ways that educators can develop strategies that meet the changing demographics and cultural communities as the world changes. She is quite comfortable working with all ages and across disciplines and sees herself at an interdisciplinary educator. She is always interested in international conversations and discovering how such conversations can inform practices in the United States.

Host Institution: Medical University of Silesia in Katowice and School of Public Health in Bytom

Grant Start Date: 12/9/2018
Grant End Date: 12/22/2018

Field of Study: Math Education
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Environmental Health Risk Assessment”

Bio: Mehdi Razzaghi is a Professor of Statistics at Bloomsburg University and has served in this capacity for 31 years. He holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Sussex in England, a BS in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University and a PhD in statistics from the University of London, England, which he received in 1977. He held faculty positions at Marburg University in Germany, University of Kentucky, California State University Chico, and Allameh University in Iran before joining Bloomsburg University in 1987. Dr. Razzaghi is the recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award (2003) and the Outstanding Scholarship Award (2012) from Bloomsburg University. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Warsaw in Poland. He has collaborated extensively with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Fellow of the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) and Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Engineering (ORISE). In his role, he assisted in the mathematical development of dose-response models and statistical risk assessment procedures in animal bioassay experiments. He further studied methods for extrapolation of the procedures for human exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment. Dr. Razzaghi has also served as a consultant with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he was a member of the peer review panel on the effects of perchlorate environmental contamination. Further, Dr. Razzaghi has consulted with the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and Geisinger Medical Center. He has been the recipient of grants from the NIH, International Life Science Institute, and Pennsylvania System of Higher Education.

Host Institution: Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cracow

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 11/3/2018

Field of Study: Engineering Education
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Innovative discipline Infotronic research to force in Europe”

Bio: Elias Strangas is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.  He heads the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory, and he and his students conduct research on energy conversion, electromagnetic design, control, and fault diagnosis of electrical equipment.  Their work   has applications in mines, industrial production, as well as in wind and solar generation, and hybrid electric vehicles.

His former doctoral students work as faculty members and as researchers in industry and government. In Poland he plans to work with old acquaintances and friends and establish new connections, tach and learn, and initiate new projects.

Host Institution: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (UKSW), Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 11/30/2018
Grant End Date: 12/16/2018

Field of Study: Law
Aim of the Grant: Teaching/Research

Project Title: “Academic Lectures on American Public Law”

Bio: Jessica Vapnek is a Lecturer in Law at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. She also directs the school’s one-year Masters in Studies of Law (for non-lawyers) and helps manage the school’s international programs and partnerships. Previously, she was a Regional Technical Director for a consulting firm in San Francisco implementing rule-of-law projects around the world. In that role she managed complex international projects, helped write winning proposals, and published articles on access to justice and dispute resolution. For almost 15 years, Professor Vapnek served as a Legal Officer with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, providing policy advice to member countries, drafting legislation on agriculture and natural resources, and writing and editing a number of articles and books. In addition to living in Italy for almost 15 years, Professor Vapnek has lived in Africa (she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Zaire and a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana) and has worked in or traveled to 92 countries during her career. Professor Vapnek speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.

U.S. Students

Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants for 9 to 10 months through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to conduct research projects at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units, educational, governmental, cultural and medical institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental research organizations in Poland. Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 12 scholarships in this category for the 2018-19 academic year.

Host Institution: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Architecture
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Archiving Oskar Hansen and the Tradition of ‘Open Form’

Bio: Alex recently graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from Virginia Tech and will be affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw for the duration of his Fulbright grant year.

The goal of his project will be to collect and curate a comprehensive archive of the work of the Polish post-war architect, designer, and artist Oskar Hansen and his theory of ‘Open Form,’ which advocates for the role of architecture and the design of the built environment as a participant-based, mutable backdrop that drives foreground effects and social relations between individuals and their collective organizations. In addition, Alex will also be investigating the architect Hanna Adamczewska-Wejchert under the auspices of the 2018 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize from the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech. Specifically, he will be reviewing the exact capacity of Adamczewska-Wejchert in the design and realization of the city of Tychy as outlined under the precepts of Socialist Realist planning during the Stalinist years and motivated by the objectives and undercurrents of the 1933 Athens Charter that rallied for a new modernist approach to urban planning.

After the Fulbright grant year, Alex will be continuing his studies at the graduate level in Architectural History & Theory at the University of Texas at Austin where he will further query and evaluate the work of Oskar Hansen and ‘Open Form.’ Alex hopes that the archive will be made publically available and that a comprehensive account of Oskar Hansen will help introduce other scholars and practitioners from around the world to the ideas of ‘Open Form.’

Host Institution: Pedagogical University of Cracow, Faculty of Philology, Cracow

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Creative Writing
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: The Bear’s Remains (Novel)

Bio: Lydia Conklin is a fiction writer and cartoonist. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, a 2015-2017 creative writing fellowship from Emory University, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others. She has also received grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her fiction has appeared in a compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize and in Tin House, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Lenny Letter, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Host Institution: Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Engineering
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Drug delivery spacer for treatment of large bone defects in bone cancer patients

Bio: Erika graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. Currently, she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Case Western in Biomedical Engineering, recently completing the second year of her PhD program. Erika started research in antibiotic and chemotherapeutic drug delivery during her freshman year at Case Western under the guidance of Dr. Horst von Recum and has remained in his lab for the past 6 years. After an international research experience at Tokyo Women’s Medical University through a Whitaker Foundation Grant (Summer 2016), Erika was inspired to pursue additional international research experiences while establishing new collaborations. Her PhD dissertation project focuses on an improved antibiotic delivery system for poly(methylmethacrylate) bone cement for long-term prevention and treatment of infections following total hip and knee replacement surgeries.  Her dissertation project will be supplemented by the work that she will complete at Warsaw University of Technology under the guidance of Dr. Wojciech Święszkowski where she will work to develop a dual antibiotic/chemotherapeutic drug delivery spacer to be used in a two-part therapy for the treatment of bone cancer. Erika has seven first-author publications in journals including Acta Biomaterialia and Advanced Healthcare Materials and has mentored seven undergraduate and high school students during her time as a graduate student. She is hoping to use these teaching and mentoring experiences to guide her in her endeavors of tutoring local high school students in English in Warsaw.  In her free time, Erika enjoys playing the piano and long distance running.

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Chemistry
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Investigation of glyoxal oxidation under realistic atmospheric conditions

Bio: Richard “Rickey” Egan is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he earned an honors degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. While enrolled, he participated in international student organizations on an almost daily basis, including International coffee hours, Delaware Diplomats, and even founded his own resident student organization aimed at improving local-international student relations on campus. Egan will be studying atmospheric chemistry at the University of Warsaw under Dr. hab. Tomasz Gierczak.

As a sophomore, Egan traveled to Germany where he researched genetically-modified microorganisms for applications in biofuel production at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In his junior year, Egan traveled to the National University of Singapore where he studied transport phenomena on the Gilman Scholarship. Egan’s senior thesis was completed on the topic of solid-state chemistry, specifically the application of perovskites for photovoltaic applications. After graduation, Egan traveled to Hikone, Japan on the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Japanese.

As a Fulbright Researcher, Egan hopes to improve our understanding of fundamental atmospheric chemistry and particulate formation concepts for use in more complicated models and predictive simulations. This contribution is offered in an effort to help ascertain the specific chemical mechanisms involved in the formation of the debilitating and deadly smog that results in an estimated 10,000 premature deaths in Poland every year.

After his Fulbright research grant, Egan hopes to work in a research capacity at the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency on the topic of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution.

Host Institution: Medical University of Gdansk, Faculty and Institute of Biochemistry, Gdansk

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Engineering
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Anthrombogenic Valveless Peristaltic Left Ventricular Assist Device

Bio:  Zachary Frankman is a Biomedical Engineer with a B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis. The focus of his research is on biophysics informed handling of tissues, which involves the design and fabrication of surgical tools and knives, with a particular focus on the transportation of liquid tissues. He has provisional patents in his field and is pursuing research into low-shear, valveless methods of blood propulsion for use as an artificial heart.

The focus of his research while at the Medical University of Gdansk will be to assist Dr. Ryszard Smolenski in exploring recellularization of heart matrices and performing further research into low-shear methods of blood propulsion.  Zachary will remain in close communication with the Slepian Lab at the University of Arizona, managed by Dr. Marvin Slepian, while they seek industry engagement in a novel, low-shear blood pump with SynCardia Systems.

Zachary is very grateful for the opportunity to conduct his research in Gdansk, where he hopes to learn from world-renowned experts in the fields of cardiology, biochemistry, and biophysics, while also having the extraordinary opportunity to explore Poland and learn more about its culture, history, and architecture.

Host Institution: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Cracow

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Psychology
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: The Neural Correlates of Self-Relevant Information: An Autism Family Study

Bio: Ania is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, with a B.A. and departmental honors in neuroscience, as well as a minor in Spanish. Her undergraduate thesis work in the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab explored how various neuropsychological tasks relate to visual perceptual styles, goal-oriented behaviors, and reading fluency in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their first-degree relatives. Through Northwestern, Ania was awarded the Weinberg Summer Grant and the Buffett Supplemental Research/Travel Grant to conduct independent research in Poland. She was also awarded funding through the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Assistant Program to collect electroencephalogram (EEG) and event-related potential (ERP) data across the auditory and visual modalities from individuals with ASD and their family members. Her research interests were shaped by her time spent teaching music lessons through the Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education.

Ania is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Tadeusz Marek and the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroergonomics at the Jagiellonian University. Her research will utilize an EEG cap to explore neural responses to faces and names of varying familiarity in individuals with ASD and their first-degree relatives. This research aims to better understand self-referential cognition in ASD, which may be associated with social communication deficits characteristic of the disorder. Ania is also excited to be involved in the department’s current research, which utilizes EEG and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore possible connections between the underactivation of the motor cortex in individuals with ASD and their difficulties with higher-order cognitive skills, such as language, creativity, and imagination.

Outside of the lab, Ania plans to join a music ensemble as a violinist and hopes to explore the social dancing community in Poland. She is also looking forward to spending time with her extended family.

Host Institution: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Cracow

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Biology
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: “Pathophysiology of Psoriasis”

Bio: James is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he earned a B.A. in Biomedical Engineering Sciences and a B.E. in Biotechnology. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked as a research associate at Adimab, LLC, a yeast-based monoclonal antibody discovery and optimization biotech company. During his time at Adimab, James helped advance the company’s antibody discovery platform for difficult immuno-oncology targets, such as Gprotein-coupled receptors, ion channels, and other transmembrane proteins. His main accomplishments include developing a company standard operating procedure, discovering clinical leads for numerous diseases, and presenting his technology development work at international conferences. With the skills he honed working in the biotech industry and academic labs, James is excited to join Dr. Joanna Cichy’s group at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He will study immune cell reservoirs found in subcutaneous adipose tissues and investigate whether they play asignificant role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Outside of the lab, James plans to make new friends in Poland through sports and fitness, intra-country travel, and volunteer work.

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Theater Studies
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: “Chosen Peoples: Performances of Jewishness on the Polish Stage 1920-1954”

Bio: Rachel Merrill Moss is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Rachel’s research examines a variety of stage and public performances in mid-to-late 20th century Poland, specifically exploring shifting representations of Jewishness from the interwar period to the present day, in conversation with changing modes of national identity formation and memory work. Rachel is delighted to spend the year in Warsaw with the support of her Polish institutional home, the Department of Sociology of Culture at the University of Warsaw. During her Fulbright, she will draw on archival materials from a variety of Warsaw-based institutions, including the National Library, Jewish Historical Institute, Institute of National Remembrance, and the POLIN Museum for the History of Polish Jews. Alongside her research, she looks forward to participating (both actively and passively) in the impressive theatre scene in Warsaw, as well as immersing heavily in the culture of Polish cuisine.

At Northwestern, Rachel is a member of the Jewish Studies cluster and the Buffett Institute Russian and Eastern European Studies Working group. She is the 2017-2018 Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus within the American Society for Theatre Research, and has presented work at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Polish-Jewish Studies Working Group. Rachel has forthcoming publications in the Journal of American Theatre and Drama and the edited collection, Women on the Yiddish Stage.

Host Institution: The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Vocal-Instrumental Department, Faculty of Piano, Katowice

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Piano
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: “Piano Music of the Silesian School of Composition”

Bio: Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist who has performed as a soloist and recitalist across the United States. He holds undergraduate degrees in piano and philosophy from Rice University, and is in the final stages of completing a doctoral degree at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He will spend the year in Katowice at the Szymanowski Academy, studying the piano music of the so-called “Silesian School of Composition,” a group of composers which includes Henryk Górecki and Wojciech Kilar. At the Academy, he will work closely with renowned piano professors Andrzej Jasiński and Anna Górecka. Returning to live in Poland after nearly twenty years in the US will be a way for him to reconnect with his cultural roots and experience European musical life. He looks forward to sharing this time with his wife and baby daughter, who will be joining him in Katowice.

To learn more about him, visit www.tomaszrobak.com.

Host Institution: International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Laboratory of Cell Biology, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Biology
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: “Molecular Consequences of Diminished Vps37 Expression in Colorectal Cancer”

Bio: Blair Stewig comes from Maple Lake, Minnesota and is a recent graduate of Augsburg University, where she studied Biology with minors in Chemistry, Religion, and Environmental Science. In the fall of 2015, she embarked on Augsburg’s first-ever “River Semester;” she paddled from Minneapolis to St. Louis via the Mississippi River with 15 other students, taking a full load of classes and conducting geological research along the way.

Blair plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D after Fulbright with a keen interest in environmental health science, cancer biology, autoimmunity and epigenetics. Her previous research includes investigations of breast cancer at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, tuberculosis and IBD research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and lipid monolayer studies with faculty researchers at Augsburg.

While at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw she will be studying the “Molecular consequences of diminished VPS37 expression in colorectal cancer”. She is excited to learn new biological techniques and to contribute knowledge to the oncological research community. Additionally, Blair will be shadowing physicians and volunteering at Warsaw hospitals where she looks forward to learning about the Polish healthcare system and observing patientcare.

Outside the laboratory, Blair participated in Augsburg Cross Country and Track. She also loves to knit and even designed and helped teach a knitting class through Augsburg’s Honors Program. This year, she’s excited to learn more Polish, knit a traditional Polish sweater, and find Warsaw’s best cup of coffee.

Host Institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geology, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Geology
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: Correlating the Turonian-Coniacian Boundary: Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on Inoceramidae

Bio: Jordan graduated from Northwestern University in June 2018 with a B.A. in Earth andPlanetary Sciences and Integrated Science and a minor in Russian and East European Studies.
While at Northwestern, he worked on a diverse set of topics within the geosciences, ranging from earthquake distributions to Cretaceous paleoclimate. When free from the ivy tower, he enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors (and preferably in the field!) and was an active member of the Northwestern theater community.

In Poland, Jordan intends to further his work in the Cretaceous by working with Professor Irenuesz Walaszczyk to calibrate the late Cretaceous stratigraphic record. In the geologic timescale, the Cretaceous Turonian-Coniacian stage boundary has not been formally established, although candidate sections exist in northwest Germany, southern Poland, and the western United States. Accordingly, Jordan will conduct extensive fieldwork in southern Poland to investigate the biostratigraphic succession of inoceramids (extinct, clam-like bivalves that constitute the primary means of fossil-based correlation in the Cretaceous). Ultimately, this work will allow for the refinement of regional correlation schemes and contribute to the formulation of a formal Coniacian boundary (in more formal terms, a GSSP).

Host Institution: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of History, Institute of Jewish Studies, Cracow

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Sociology
Aim of the Grant: Research

Project Title: “The Jewish Turn in Post-Communist Poland”

Bio: Jonathan Zisook is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he specializes in comparative-historical and political sociology, sociology of religion, and modern and contemporary Jewish culture. His doctoral research at the Jagiellonian University explores the resurgence of interest in Jewish culture, memory, and heritage, in post-Communist Poland. His publications have recently appeared in the Journal of Classical Sociology and Religious Studies Review. Jonathan has held fellowships at numerous academic and cultural institutions, including the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and CUNY School of Law. Jonathan completed a BA in Sociology and an MA in Modern Jewish History at Yeshiva University, where he also teaches courses in sociological theory and sociology of religion.

English Teaching Assistants

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program offers grants for 9 months through a competition open to to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to teach and co-teach practical and specialized English language classes at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units, as well as schools and educational institutions in Poland. Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 13 scholarships in this category for the 2018-19 academic year.

Host Institution: University of Gdansk, Faculty of Languages, Gdansk

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: English and Spanish
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Stephanie graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in English and Spanish. As an undergraduate, she served as student chair for the Committee on Educational Affairs, a faculty-staff-student joint committee tasked with development of the college’s academic policy and curriculum. She played the cello as a member of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra at Williams, and has been a music teacher in cello, piano, and music theory in both classroom and private settings for many years. In addition to English and Spanish, she studies German and has great hopes for her Polish in the coming year.

Host Institution: Lomza State University of Applied Sciences, International Relations Department, Lomza

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Biomedical Sciences
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Kayla recently graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies. She was a recipient of the Auburn University Presidential Scholarship, the Miranda Bouldin STEM Scholarship, and an officer in the Cardinal Key Junior Honor Society. Kayla worked for two years in the Hood Laboratory at Auburn University studying the nutritional and physiological ecology of growth, reproduction, and longevity. She was awarded the Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant, funding an independent research project which evaluated the impact of reproduction on skeletal integrity in female mammals.

Kayla taught at the undergraduate level for three years as a General Chemistry I Learning Assistant and a Histology Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. She also volunteered extensively on various community service projects, including an environmental conservation effort for sea turtles in Costa Rica, on sustainable housing with HERO Housing in Alabama, and as a mentor for in the Project Uplift program at Auburn University.

As an undergraduate student, Kayla participated in a study abroad experience in London, England that was designed to pinpoint the greatest obstacles inhibiting the effective distribution of quality health care in communities across the globe. In Poland, she hopes to continue her work on this issue by researching the Polish healthcare system and encouraging cross-cultural communication in the healthcare field.

Once she has completed her Fulbright Scholarship, Kayla will be returning to the United States to attend the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine as a member of the entering 2019 class. She ultimately hopes to have a career in international medicine and is dedicated to the improvement of global healthcare quality.

Host Institution: Medical University of Lodz, Foreign Language Teaching Centre, Lodz

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Biology
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: A biology major with a double minor in business and chemistry, Landon is a proud alumnus of Texas Christian University. His honors include being named the Distinguished Student for 2018, an award granted to a single senior student who has distinguished himself in academics and service. He is also a recipient of the Pillar of University Leadership Award, as well as the TJ Hutchings Service Award. Landon served as president of TCU’s Student Foundation, as a Frog Camp facilitator and director, and as vice president of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Furthermore, he co-taught two semester-long courses designed to aid incoming students with their transition to college. He worked closely on a team research project to study the combined endocrinological effects of 4-MBC and temperature on freshwater vertebrates and presented his research to faculty and students of the university. He hopes to apply these experiences presenting and teaching to his time as an ETA in Poland.

Host Institution: Koszalin University of Technology, Department of Humanities, Koszalin
Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019
Field of Study: East Asian Languages and culture: Japanese Curriculum and Teaching: TESOL
Aim of the Grant: Teaching
Project Title: Teaching English

Host Institution: Kazimerz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Institute of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, Bydgoszcz

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: English and Secondary Education
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Kendall recently graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University as a Christ College scholar (an interdisciplinary humanities honors program), and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. Her research, particularly on the the role of stories, language, identity, and peace-building, was presented at national conferences during her undergraduate career and has informed her teaching.

Her experience teaching has been both in and out of the traditional classroom. Inspired by Poland’s Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” and Polish poetry, Kendall sees the way stories and art can connect all different ages, experiences, and cultures, ultimately creating powerful learning experiences. From her roles as a GED tutor for incarcerated women, a Teaching Assistant for her university’s freshman honors program, and an English Conversation Partner for international students, Kendall has enjoyed teaching and learning from her students. As both a teacher and learner, she sees the important restorative work that creativity and community-building plays in language acquisition and cross-cultural understanding. In 2017, she received a Calling and Purpose in Society Fellowship to work at Ingenuity, an arts education non-profit in Chicago, IL. Working closely with arts organizations, teachers, and administrators across Chicago, she saw the role community engagement and access to quality arts opportunities played in classroom learning for all students.

Kendall is thrilled to teach at Kazimierz Wielki University in the Department of Applied Linguistics for the 2018-2019 academic year. Outside of her professional and academic interests she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and art.

Host Institution: AGH-University of Science and Technology, Foreign Languages Centre, Cracow
Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019
Field of Study: Chemistry
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English
Host Institution: UTP University of Science and Technology, Department of Languages, Bydgoszcz
Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019
Field of Study: Environmental Biology
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Host Institution: University of Bialystok, Faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Bialystok

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Biology; Neuroscience; Molecular Biology Spanish
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Christine Obiesie is a Nigerian-born American raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Christine Obiesie recently graduated from Coe College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology. On campus, Christine served as a College Adjustment Peer and a mentor to first-year students. She also served as the president of Coe College International Club, which fosters a learning community between domestic and international students. During her last undergraduate year, Christine conducted research studying the decline of Quercus (Oak) species in Palisades Kepler State Park in Iowa. Outside of the classroom, Christine volunteered as an English tutor at the Catherine McAuley Center, an organization that provides educational and support services for immigrants in the community. The summer after her graduation, she worked as a Purification scientist at Integrated DNA technologies. She plans to continue her work after the completion of her grant period. She hopes to apply to graduate programs focusing on Neuroscience in the future.

Host Institution: Collegium Civitas, Department of International Cooperation, Warsaw

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Global Studies
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Victoria Prince is currently a Master’s student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She will finish her Master’s in European Union Studies after returning from her ETA in Warsaw this year. She also completed her Bachelor’s in Global Studies at the University of Illinois, having graduated in 2017. Her undergraduate degree was broadly focused on governance and conflict resolution and more specifically focused on China and East Asia. In addition to learning Chinese, she studies Polish, Spanish, and Arabic. Victoria is from Chicago, Illinois and her mother immigrated from Poland at the age of 18 which influenced Victoria to study Polish and Europe in her graduate studies. Her thesis topic will be centered on European and Chinese relations to integrate both of her degree specialties. While not studying or conducting thesis research, Victoria enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading, and playing board games with friends, and she hopes to continue these activities during her time in Poland.

Host Institution: University of Opole, Office for International Study Programmes, Opole

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Philosophy
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Jonathan “Jack” Reid is a graduate of Bates College (Lewiston, ME) where he received a B.A. in Philosophy, Chemistry, and East Asian Studies. Interested in the sciences since he was a child, Jack received a broad education across the STEM fields while at Bates. He also discovered newfound interests in Eastern cultures and histories, the intersection of Eastern and Western philosophy, and the pragmatic applications of philosophical engagement to personal and professional endeavors. At Bates, Jack served as a TA in several departments, was a peer writing assistant, a leader on the residential life staff and an accomplished member of the men’s rowing team.

In the summer of 2017, Jack worked as an intern for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Lab. Assisting in the design of a climate science visualization tool, Jack was exposed to the relationships between technological design and user experience, the integration of novel technologies into classroom settings, and the importance of understanding and educating on the future implications of today’s personal and societal choices. Jack is very excited to have the opportunity to continue teaching at the University of Opele for the 2018-19 academic year. After completing his Fulbright year, Jack will continue to teach in the U.S. and plans to pursue a graduate degree. Outside the classroom, Jack is an avid cook, rower, and rowing coach, and he enjoys cycling, cross country skiing, and just about any form of outdoor activity. Having moved around his entire life, Jack is familiar with exploring new cultural traditions and worldviews, the joy of sharing stories, and the value in taking time to wander the path less trodden.

Host Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of English, Poznan

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: English Education, English
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Johnna Reisner received her B.S. in English Education from Appalachian State University in 2015. Through her teacher education program, she completed several teaching internships and a semester long student teaching apprenticeship. Johnna participated in a residential learning community that focused on inquiry-based learning and local to global themes. She continued with this program throughout her undergraduate career, acting as a teaching assistant for two years. She also worked for the college of education as a strategic tutor providing one-on-one tutoring for students with learning differences.

Upon graduating, Johnna took a position teaching high school English at Ashe County High School. While there she taught freshman, sophomore, and junior writing and literature courses.

Johnna went back to Appalachian State to get her Master’s in English with a concentration in college teaching. In her first year of graduate school, she worked as a research assistant for an upcoming book project on Richard Wright and as a teaching assistant for world literature courses. In her last semester, Johnna taught first year writing courses. After graduating in 2017, she continued on at the university as an adjunct instructor teaching second year writing courses and a first-year seminar.

In her free time, Johnna enjoys playing Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. She also enjoys being outdoors, cooking, reading, and trying new things.

Host Institution: Poznan University of Technology, Centre of Languages and Communication, Poznan

Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019

Field of Study: Chemistry, English
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English

Bio: Caroline is from Stamford, Connecticut and graduated cum laude from Williams College, where she received a B.A. in Chemistry and English. She spent her junior year studying at Oxford University as part of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, where she was able to fully embrace her lifelong love of literature.

At Williams, Caroline was a chemistry laboratory teaching assistant, and she spent a summer doing chemistry research on the synthesis of deuterated compounds. She also spent a summer as a Fuller Fellow through the American Cancer Society, synthesizing compounds and analyzing them for chemotherapeutic activity at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Aside from her science-related pursuits at Williams, Caroline was an afterschool volunteer at Brayton Elementary School, played on the women’s water polo team, and performed improv comedy as part of the group Treestyle. In her personal time, she enjoys knitting, drawing, hiking, and traveling. Caroline hopes to pursue a medical degree in the future.

Host Institution: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Department of German Studies and Applied Linguistics, Lublin
Grant Start Date: 10/1/2018
Grant End Date: 6/30/2019
Field of Study: Economics and Finance
Aim of the Grant: Teaching English