Six from OSU receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards

Six students and alumni from Oregon State University will study, conduct research and teach abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program during the 2017-18 academic year.

The honorees from OSU were among 1,900 selected by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Another student from Oregon State is a Fulbright alternate.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are chosen on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as service and leadership potential.

The OSU honorees are Lynda Bradley, Sarah Brown, Caitlyn Clark, Arianna Kahler-Quesada, Ian Morelan and Sara Bennett.

Bradley, Brown, Clark, Kahler-Quesada and Morelan received study/research grants. Bennett received a teaching assistantship, and Omar Sheikh is an alternate for a study/research grant.

Bradley graduated from OSU in 2015 with an honors degree in biochemistry and biophysics. She will collaborate on a research project with Dr. Alexander Pym at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV in Durban, South Africa, to characterize mutations of clinically acquired antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis strains and then test the strains with various antibiotics to determine effective treatments.

Brown graduated in 2016 with a degree in sociology through OSU’s Ecampus. Working with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Balaton Uplands Local Action Group leadership, she will research rural development in Veszprém County, Hungary, using available documents and evaluations, interviews and site visits.

Clark is a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and a 2014 honors graduate in ecological engineering. In collaboration with researchers in the Division of Reliability, Dynamics, and Marine Engineering at Aalborg University in Denmark, she will design a computational optimization algorithm to characterize risk and reliability in marine renewable energy systems with co-located wave and floating offshore wind turbine devices.

Kahler-Quesada is a senior in honors biochemistry and biophysics and was selected for the Sydel grant, a charitable contribution made to the organization that administers the Fulbright. She will work with Dr. Christian Toso at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, to investigate the risk that fatty liver disease poses on the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma after surgical resection or transplantation.

Morelan is a Ph.D. student in molecular and cellular biology. He will work with Ingrid Bakke at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to evaluate the feasibility of a new approach to create stable microbial communities to outcompete pathogens in Norwegian aquaculture systems.

Bennett is a senior in honors political science and international studies with minors in Spanish and English. She will be placed as an assistant teacher in an English class in a Czech Republic secondary school.

If selected for the Fulbright, Sheikh will work with Dr. Matthew Wood at the University of Oxford to study exon-skipping therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics. Sheikh is a Ph.D. student in bioengineering and a 2015 graduate in honors bioengineering.

The Fulbright Program dates to 1946 and is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

~ Steve Lundeberg

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