Sixteen Stanford seniors, graduate students, and alumni have been awarded grants to pursue special projects abroad next year with funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. This year’s Stanford-affiliated Fulbright students will travel to 14 countries for the 2022-23 academic year, including the Dominican Republic, India, Laos, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, and Zimbabwe, where they will carry out individually designed research projects, pursue graduate study programs, or take part in English Teaching Assistant Programs. Among the grantees, two have been awarded the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship to Kenya and Honduras.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, awards grants annually to more than 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals who will pursue special projects in more than 140 countries.

Stanford’s 2022-23 Fulbright recipients

Lane Baker (PhD student in history) will do archival research in Germany on the 15th-century immigration of the Romani (“Gypsies”) into western Europe.

April Ball (BA Psychology ’22) will study the cultural and religious identities of second-generation Moroccan Muslim women living in Madrid, Spain.

Alexander Bhatt (MS Epidemiology and Clinical Research ’22) will teach English in the Canary Islands and start an after-school youth soccer league. He plans to work at local health clinics on his time off.

Karen Chen (BS Computer Science ’22) will work at Yonsei University in South Korea to engineer an alternative to human corneal transplants that can be widely used for all patients to treat corneal blindness, particularly those in developing Asia.

Emma Clark (MA Elementary Education ’22) will teach English in Austurias, Spain, at an elementary school, with a side project related to outdoor and science education to help students engage with nature.

Sierra Garcia (MA Earth Systems ’20), recipient of the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, will research the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about major threats to coral reefs, especially climate change, among various groups involved in coral reef restoration in Honduras’ Bay Islands, and will explore how decisions are made about what future coral reefs look like through restoration.

Michelle Howard (BS Bioengineering ’20) will study at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and intern for a partner organization in Mexico City as a Fulbright Binational Business Fellow.

Alexa Hui (BS Human Biology ’22) will support a clinical trial in Harare, Zimbabwe, evaluating emollient therapy as a prophylactic for preterm birth complications in infants. She will also collect cultural and mental health data from participants’ mothers.

Natasha Jain-Poster (MA Latin American Studies ’22) will pursue a Public Policy Fellowship with the United Nations and research that explores feminist geographical revisions of Mexico City’s public transit in order to reduce rates of sexual assault.

Kaden Loring (PhD student in applied physics) will travel to the Netherlands to measure rovibrational hydrogen populations spectroscopically in a plasma environment similar to that expected in the ITER nuclear fusion energy experiment to understand divertor physics for optimal machine performance.

Natachi Onwuamaegbu (BA Political Science ’22), recipient of the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, will interview female hair braiders in Nairobi’s Kenyatta Market in Kenya, write a series of vignettes for National Geographic, and compile the narratives into a book and a website.

Matthew Randolph (PhD student in history) will do historical research in the Dominican Republic on 19th-century African American emigration from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic, as well as the influence of Black diplomats on international relations in the Caribbean.

Alexa Russo (PhD student in anthropology) will analyze how various actors seek to address India’s agrarian challenges through forms of sustainable agriculture, with the cooperative as a key structure of implementation and women as pivotal agents of change.

Miley Sinantha-Hu (MS Biology ’22) will work with the Lao Tropical Public Health Institute in Laos to implement and study community-based approaches to address the transmission of liver parasites in agrarian, river-dwelling areas.

Emily Wan (BA East Asian Studies ’22) will research how the medieval poetic genre renga (“linked verse”) is being preserved and practiced today in Japan and create an English renga curriculum for use in education and medical humanities.

Isabel Wang (BS Symbolic Systems ’22) will teach English to elementary school students in rural Taiwan while implementing an intergenerational social support program to facilitate better health throughout the community.