Four Howard University students and two recent graduates have been selected for prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in the areas of research, study and teaching English abroad for the 2017-18 academic year.
"I extend my warmest congratulations to Howard University's outstanding Fulbright Students," said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. "Their accomplishments are the latest example of Howard students and alumni standing out as scholars in their field and making an impact, here at home and globally."
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. The awards come from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The winning students:
Briana Applewhite, of Olney, Maryland, is a psychology major and is trple-minoring in biology, chemistry and German. Applewhite will be in Berlin, Germany, working on an independent project involving refugee integration into alternative coping mechanisms for victims of forced migration. She studied abroad in Berlin for the 2016-17 academic year and saw firsthand the need for assistance not only economically but emotionally as well. She has been selected for a Fulbright Research Award.
Chelsea Nnebe, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a chemistry major who aspires to become a neurosurgeon. Nnebe will be in Germany identifying sub-clinical markers of cognitive deficiency in epilepsy. The purpose of her research is to allow doctors to be able to identify which epileptic patients may develop memory loss or other disorders before they show symptoms of cognitive deficiency. She has been selected for a Fulbright Research Award.
Jakiya Pyron, of Trenton, New Jersey, is a communications major. Pyron will be in Kenya doing peace work within the local community, as well as partnering with the Kenya Justice Project to further the project's goal of educating rural communities in Kenya about the property rights granted to women under the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.
Brittany Scott, of Nashville, Tennessee, is an economics major. Scott will be in South Africa working with students in secondary school. She will help with research, lesson plans and course presentation to improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of students for whom English is a second language. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.
The winning alumni:
Wen-kuni Ceant, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2013. Ceant, who is currently studying at Drexel University, will be evaluating the implementation of a new healthcare prepayment system with experts at Institut Mère-Enfant in Kaolack (IMEK) in Senegal, with an eye toward refining and developing a model to facilitate greater access and care for patients. She has been selected for a Fulbright Grant Award.
Chiamaka Ikpeze, of Rochester, New York, graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 2016. Ikpeze will help with research, lesson plans and course presentation to improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of students for whom English is a second language. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.