Two CEHS students earn Fulbright awards
07 May 2020
Two College of Education and Human Sciences students have been chosen as Fulbright recipients for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. Department of State, is designed to foster understanding between the United States and other countries. The U.S. Student Fulbright program gives recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals the opportunity to conduct research, study or teach in more than 160 designated countries.
Fulbright recipients also serve as cultural ambassadors, representing the United States abroad. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, all Fulbright experiences will begin after Jan. 1, 2021.
The Fulbright recipients are:
- Taylor Baldwin — Baldwin, a St. Joseph, Missouri native and Benton High School graduate, is an elementary education major. She is the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to India. The future educator hopes to serve as an educational and cultural liaison between India and the United States. For her, this is an opportunity to “promote the philosophy of valuing and understanding similarities that connect us globally.” As an undergraduate, she has completed practicums in Lincoln Public Schools and Omaha Public Schools, with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language. She has twice visited India. Most recently, she lived in Maharashtra, where she helped teach at an English-medium school. Baldwin has also served as a literacy tutor through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In addition to teaching, Baldwin hopes to volunteer in her host community through a local organization, such as Commit2Change. The organization seeks to make educational opportunities more accessible to young women and girls from marginalized or susceptible groups.
- Rachael Lux — Lux, of Ponca, was offered a Fulbright grant to teach English in Indonesia; however, that program has been suspended for this year. Lux will graduate this May from the College of Education and Human Sciences with a degree in nutrition science and will then attend the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She plans to become an optometrist and eventually go into academia. A significant part of Lux’s interest in the Fulbright program began when she went on a study abroad trip with Mary Willis to Zambia in summer 2018. There she shadowed ophthalmologists and an optometrist at local hospitals. She was able to watch doctors perform a wide range of surgeries and see their holistic approach to medicine. She has also conducted independent research on the effects of vitamin A deficiency and its impact on a person’s vision.
Including Baldwin and Lux, nine students from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln were chosen as Fulbright recipients. To view the complete list of recipients, click here.
College of Education and Human Sciences
Nutrition and Health Sciences
Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education