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Fourteen Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

Michael Rariden in a lab surrounded by equipment.
A senior majoring in bioengineering, Michael Rariden is one of fourteen Miami University students to be named as a semifinalist in the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. Rariden is also a Goldwater Scholar.

Fourteen Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student competition.

Fulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States.

Nine Miami seniors, two graduate students and three alumni have been recommended by the U.S. National Screening Committees for further consideration by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the countries to which they applied. They will learn this spring whether they will receive the Fulbright grants.

The Miami semifinalists

Lulu Abdun — graduated in 2018, psychology and black world studies double major and linguistics minor, English teaching assistant in Rwanda.

Sarah Berg — senior, English literature major with minors in art/architecture history, creative writing and Asian/Asian-American studies, English teaching assistant in South Korea.

Madison Cook — senior, diplomacy and global politics and psychology double major, English teaching assistant in Ecuador.

Emily Erdmann — senior, French and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies double major and rhetoric/writing minor, English teaching assistant in Russia.

Alexandra Fair — graduate student in history, Fulbright/University of Reading Award to pursue graduate work in the United Kingdom.

Cyrus Green — graduated in 2018, international studies major with Spanish minor, English teaching assistant in Argentina.

Samuel Hunter — graduate student in English, Fulbright/University of East Anglia Award to pursue graduate work in the United Kingdom.

Michael Rariden — senior, bioengineering major, open study/research in Ireland.

Katelyn Scheive — senior, integrated social studies education and psychology double major and history minor, English teaching assistant in Rwanda.

Alaina Swope — senior, psychology and English literature double major and German minor, open study/research in Germany.

Emily Tatum — senior, political science, international studies and Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean studies triple major and Spanish minor, English teaching assistant in Colombia.

Lauren Voegtle — senior, international studies and Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean studies double major, English teaching assistant in Brazil.

Jessica Weaver — senior, integrated social studies education major, English teaching assistant in Belgium.

Austin Young — graduated in 2017, integrated social studies education and marketing double major and history minor, English teaching assistant (Roma student initiative) in Hungary.


Written by Margo Kissell, University News and  Communications. Originally appeared as a “Top Story” on Miami University’s News and Events website.

Globe photo via Picryl, public domain/CC0 license. Photo of Michael Rariden by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

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