Arts and Sciences Students Win Prestigious Scholarships

Arts & Sciences News

July 16, 2010

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences garnered a variety of prestigious awards and scholarships this year. These scholarships offer the students the opportunity to continue researching and exploring areas of particular interest.

Ross Irons, BA '10 who majored in Russian and German, is the latest Bear to earn the Fulbright Scholarship. Irons will teach English in Russia next year as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Program.

Katie Linman, BA '10, also received a Fulbright Scholarship. She will be an English teaching assistant in South Korea. She's already enjoyed two years of studying Korean at Baylor and will continue in graduate studies in art history when her Fulbright year is complete.

Melissa Yeakley will be returning to China after winning her second Critical Language Scholarship to study overseas. Yeakley, an international studies major from Hurst, Texas, spent two months last summer studying intermediate Chinese at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. This year, she will study at the Beijing Language and Culture University.

Jessie Kuykendall, BA '10, will start her graduate studies at George Washington University as a Pickering Fellow . The Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State includes two internships with the State Department, one domestic and one international, during the summer.

Meaghan McNeill, BS '10, recently received a Graduate Research Fellowship grant from NSF, which covers the cost for three years of graduate school in a field related to science, technology, engineering or math. She hopes to be a professor and conduct research, focusing on imaging and diagnostics. She said she plans to continue her studies at Rice University, studying biomedical engineering.

Master's candidate Wayne Joseph, BA '08, and recent graduate Robert Kent, BA '09, won Rotary Scholarships through the Waco Rotary this spring. Thanks to the scholarships, Joseph will head to Canberra, Australia, to study public health policy at Australia National University, while Kent earns his master's in economic/environmental development at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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