Journey Beyond Baylor

June 23, 2011

Each year, Baylor undergraduate and graduate students earn opportunities to teach and/or research at locations across the country and around the globe.

Fulbright Scholars

Three recent Baylor graduates have been selected as recipients of Fulbright grants from the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. They are Baylor's 23rd, 24th and 25th Fulbright recipients since 2001.

Austin Cook-Lindsay, BS '11, is a recent cum laude graduate and environmental science major from San Angelo, Texas.Cook-Lindsay, who speaks intermediate Russian, will teach English in Kyrgyzstan.

Chelsea Mitcham, BSEd '11, is a recent summa cum laude graduate and secondary math education major from Houston. Fluent in Spanish, Mitcham will teach in Mexico.

Amanda Randolph, BA '11, a magna cum laude graduate with a double major in biology and history and a minor in chemistry, hails from La Vernia, Texas. The National Merit Scholar plans to research in the area of gerontology at the University of Jyvaskyla, which houses the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Gerontology.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Three Baylor students have been accepted into the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The students will get a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Greg Bond, BSME '11, a recent summa cum laude graduate from Greenville, Texas, will conduct his research at Rice University with formal coursework to begin in the fall. He will pursue a doctorate in either materials science and engineering or chemistry. In either field, his research will involve the interplay between nanotechnology and energy.

George Montanez, a master's degree candidate in computer science at Baylor, obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of California at Riverside and will begin a doctorate program in machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University. Montanez plans to research in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence, with the goal of becoming a research professor.

Eduardo Torrealba, BSME '11, a recent cum laude graduate from Arlington, Texas, will pursue his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois. Torrealba's research will be related to nano- and micro- electrical mechanical systems and materials.

Columbia Summer Fellowship Painting Program

Plano senior Chris Russell and Shreveport, La., senior Hannah Lee have been accepted into Columbia University's Summer Fellowship Painting Program in New York City. Only 10 slots were available for the pool of more than 1,000 applicants, which consisted of independent artists, graduate students and undergraduates. Russell and Lee will be given room and board, as well as access to a constant stream of visiting nationally acclaimed artists. The program is six weeks of intense painting, gallery tours and workshops on topics concerning an artist's future. A final exhibition will be shown in Columbia's gallery.

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