Alum selected for prestigious Fulbright Student Program

School of Public Health

Six University of Alabama at Birmingham students have been named to an elite group that includes heads of state, CEOs and Nobel Prize winners. Fulbright United States Student Program grants have been awarded to Charlotte Boles, Lillian Chien, Sarah Faulkner, Harrison Mansour, Remy Meir and Rachael Thompson Panik by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The students are among 1,900 selected in the United States who will teach English, conduct research or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries who are needed to solve global challenges. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“UAB is dedicated to innovation and the proliferation of knowledge, as well as improving our local community and global society,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “These impressive students and their academic pursuits reflect that commitment, and we are proud to have them represent UAB around the world. Their experiences while studying, teaching and conducting research abroad will help prepare them for dynamic careers and leadership roles in their fields.”

Boles, a Prattville, Alabama, native, has been awarded the Fulbright Study/Research grant to pursue a master’s degree in public policy and human development with a concentration in social protection policy at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Boles earned a bachelor’s degree from the UAB School of Public Health in 2017 and is an alumna of the UAB Honors College. She aspires to do work related to poverty prevention and alleviation through government policies and programs. Boles currently works as an AmeriCorps State/National Member with Impact America as a SpeakFirst high school debate coach. She spends the majority of her time working on debate cases and debate tournament preparation with 22 Birmingham and Pelham City Schools students.

The UAB Office of National and International Fellowships and Scholarships assists students in preparing competitive applications for prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholar Program, Rhodes, Goldwater and Truman Scholarships, National Science Foundation research fellowships and many more. Contact fellowships@uab.edu for more information.

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