Three Auburn Honors College students awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study in Germany, UK

Jamesa Stokes, Carson Williford and Lauren Waldroop

Stokes, Williford and Waldroop

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Three Auburn University Honors College students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their studies in the United Kingdom and Germany this summer and fall.

Jamesa Stokes, a senior physics major, will conduct research at the German Space Agency’s Institute of Structures in Design in Stuttgart, Germany; Carson Williford, a sophomore with a double major in English and philosophy, will study at the United Kingdom’s Nottingham Trent University Summer Institute; and Lauren Waldroop, a senior double-majoring in environmental design and German, will study at Rhine-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany.

Auburn has had 10 Fulbright recipients in the past five years, and this year marks the first time with three winners in one year.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

“We are excited for Jamesa, Carson and Lauren,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “Their hard work and accomplishments at Auburn have been extraordinary. They will do well in their overseas studies.”

Stokes, of Atlanta, has completed internships with Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In addition, she was a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar to Reutlingen, Germany. Her research investigates the behavior of fiber-oriented ceramics during hyper-sonic flight in order to develop better thermal protection systems for spaceflight vehicles.

“I studied in Germany in the fall of 2012, and it was my first time traveling outside of the country, so it was truly an amazing experience,” Stokes said. “Now I can go back and experience more of Germany while doing research that interests me at the same time.”

Williford, a native of Auburn, holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and is co-creator and director of Student University, Auburn’s student presentation series. He is involved in several on-campus and off-campus programs including the Miller Writing Center, Auburn Connects book program and the Pine Hills Literacy Project.

“It’s an honor to be accepted into a program that has hosted so many brilliant participants and faculty and has such a strong reputation,” Williford said. “Dr. Paul Harris was an immense help throughout the application process, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity.”

Waldroop, of Flower Mound, Texas, is a founding member of the Environmental Design Student Organization; conducted research at the Cologne City Museum; and helped Tuskegee First United Methodist Church with its nomination for the National Register of Historical Places. She is minoring in international business and medieval, renaissance and early modern studies and will do a comparison of northern renaissance and southern renaissance architecture in theaters in Germany.

“My passion for historic preservation coupled with my love for Germany, its culture and people, allowed me to dream of one day living and working in that country,” Waldroop said. “The Fulbright Scholarship will allow me to take a step toward that dream, allowing the dream to take a step toward reality.”

Paul Harris, Honors College associate director for national prestigious scholarships and member of the political science faculty, said, “I am so happy and thrilled for Jamesa, Lauren and Carson. They are about to embark on a global journey which will both challenge and inspire them. I wish them all the best as they go abroad and I look forward to hearing of their adventures. They will be wonderful ambassadors for the United States and Auburn University.”

(Written by Lindsay Miles.)

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