Six UO students earn prestigious Fulbright Awards to teach, research abroad

Six University of Oregon students have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to teach, study, or research abroad in 2016-17. Three students will work as English teaching assistants, while the other three will conduct research in various countries.

“Fulbright recognitions each year are a testament to the quality of our students and the internationalization efforts across our university,” said Dennis Galvan, vice provost for international affairs. “The research and service these students provide around the world further expands our university's global engagement.”

Fulbright is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The new cohort brings the total number of UO student Fulbright recipients to 212.

Among the new UO recipients is Kyla Martichuski, a biology major who will be conducting breast cancer research for 12 months at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Martichuski’s research is part of a M.S. degree program in biomedical science. After finishing her studies in New Zealand, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Kyla is a native Oregonian, born in Salem. 

“I am so honored to receive a Fulbright,” said Martichuski. “My work at the University of Oregon has prepared me for this next phase in my academic career. I am appreciative of the knowledge and skills I have gained from my professors and peers during my time at the UO. I am so excited to make the most of this life-changing opportunity and participate in important health research."

This year’s cohort will be traveling to Canada, Colombia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Spain.

2016 UO Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Recipients

Name Country Type of Award Major/Degree
Cary Fontana

Scotland and Catalunya

Study/Research Ph.D. Political Science
Kyla Martichuski

New Zealand

Study/Research B.S. Biology
James Swerzenski


English Teaching Assistantship M.A. Media Studies
Zack Thill


Study/Research Ph.D. Geography
Morgan Thomas


English Teaching Assistantship M.F.A. Creative Writing
Paige Whitaker Spain English Teaching Assistantship B.A. International Studies

The Fulbright program offers 8,000 grants each year for graduate study, research, lecturing, or teaching. Recipients from the U.S. are able to study or teach abroad, and recipients from other countries come to the U.S. for their scholarship year.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through annual appropriations from the Congress. Partner governments, foundations, corporations and educational institutions contribute additional support for the program.


About the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest exchange program in the United States. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study. Recent graduates as well as graduate students can apply for research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries worldwide.

About the UO Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is committed to advancing the global engagement and mission of the University of Oregon. OIA works collaboratively with universities, agencies, partners, investors, and programs worldwide to foster academic exchange, transdisciplinary research, and international cooperation.

By Chakris Kussalanant
Office of International Affairs