Student News & Notes

Student News & Notes

FulbrightFour Arts & Sciences students are among the eight Baylor students who received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, including awards for international graduate study and as English Teaching Assistants (ETA) in classrooms worldwide. The Arts & Sciences recipients are:

  • Lauren Barnes, a senior international studies major (Fulbright ETA to Taiwan)
  • Kaitlyn Gibbens, a senior German and communication major (Fulbright ETA to Germany)
  • Abby Miller, a 2016 graduate in history and English (Fulbright ETA to Colombia)
  • Clay Parham, a senior international studies major (Fulbright ETA to Germany)
Michael Minson
Michael Minson
Ben Sepanski
Ben Sepanski


Baylor students Micheal Munson, a junior University Scholar, and Ben Sepanski, a junior mathematics major, were awarded Goldwater Scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships given in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

NSF Research Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to Spring 2019 Arts & Sciences graduates Catherine Arndt and Garrett Williams, who were selected to participate in the 2019 National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Program. This is a prestigious annual program that gives outstanding students in the STEM fields financial support to pursue research-based graduate degrees.

Kazuyuki Hayashi
Kazuyuki Hayashi
Farzaneh Mansouri
Farzaneh Mansouri

Two Arts & Sciences doctoral students spent their summer in Baylor’s Mayborn Museum Complex as part of the Bryce C. Brown Research Fellowship. Religion PhD candidate Kazuyuki Hayashi and environmental science PhD candidate Farzaneh Mansouri did original research in the collections held within the museum. Hayashi studied engravings on precious stones and cuneiform inscriptions to learn more about their language and origins, while Mansouri analyzed whalebones in the museum’s collection to learn about changes in whale ecosystems and food web relationships.

NSTM Students

For the seventh summer in a row, a group of Baylor Arts & Sciences students completed the National School of Tropical Medicine Summer Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The undergraduates spent two weeks becoming familiar with the fields of tropical medicine and public health. The diseases they studied, including hookworm and Chagas disease, afflict hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. The Institute gives students the chance to work with leaders in the field such as Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at BCM and University Professor of Biology at Baylor.