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.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An Auburn University Honors College senior and a recent graduate have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to continue their studies in Europe.
Samantha Lopez, a senior double-majoring in microbiology and French, will study in Belgium, while James Barnett, a December 2012 graduate with a double major in biomedical sciences and Spanish, will travel to Spain. They are Auburn’s sixth and seventh Fulbright recipients in the past four years.
AUBURN – Alice E. Smith, faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, next spring.
Smith, whose research and teaching involves modeling and optimizing complex systems, will instruct a series of courses on adaptive optimization and advanced modeling to Turkish graduate students in technical disciplines, including engineering. She also plans to focus her research on gender issues related to engineering academia, for which she has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants.
AUBURN – Hanna Gordon, an Auburn University spring 2012 summa cum laude Honors College graduate with a major in French, has been awarded a Fulbright-French Ministry of Education English Teaching Assistantship.
Gordon will be placed in a middle school in the Besancon region of France. She is the third consecutive Auburn University student awarded the assistantship in France, following Kristen Snow in 2011 and Helen Hunter Robertson in 2010.
“Hanna’s desire to perfect her French language skills coupled with a sincere desire to embrace the French culture made her a strong candidate for the Fulbright,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “It was a pleasure working with her throughout the application process. She will represent Auburn University and the United States well during her time in France.”
AUBURN – Paul Bergen, a senior in Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics double majoring in microbiology and German, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany for the 2012-13 academic year. At the Technical University of Munich, he will continue to pursue his research in microbiology.
“Paul is an inquisitive and engaging young man with a range of interests and activities that go well beyond the lab and range from the study of German politics, culture and language to being an active member of Auburn’s nationally recognized mock trial team,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Auburn Honors College. “He will gain so much from his classes and interactions with German students and faculty and he will represent himself, Auburn University and the United States with distinction.”
A four-year member of the Honors College with a 3.97 overall grade-point-average in two demanding majors, Bergen is Auburn’s fourth consecutive Fulbright scholar, following Rebecca Ludvigsen, Germany, 2009, Helen Hunter Robertson, France, 2010 and Kristen Snow, France, 2011.
AUBURN – James Emmett Ryan, associate professor of English in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts, has been named a Fulbright Scholar-Lecturer to China for spring 2012.
The award will send him to Nanjing Normal University for the semester, where he will teach early American literature to undergraduate and graduate students. Of the 30 Fulbright Scholars selected for China this year, he is the only one who will teach American Literature and the only professor selected from a university in Alabama.
“I feel privileged to have been selected from a large pool of scholars in a very competitive application process for the Fulbright award, and I’m pleased to have earned this kind of recognition as an Auburn University faculty member,” Ryan said. “During my Fulbright semester I hope to do my small part in advancing mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States, two countries with very substantial obligations on the 21st century world stage.”