ICFRC: Fulbright Awardees Discuss Their International Assignments

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The University of Iowa has been recognized for being a top producer of Fulbright Students. This year, sixteen students have been awarded the prestigious grant, setting a new record for the University. Last year, fourteen students received Fulbright awards resulting in a tied ranking for 27th on a list of peer institutions.

Nicholas "Niko" McCarty grew up in Geneva, Illinois, and moved to Iowa for his BS in Biochemistry. Niko graduated High Distinction and was an Iowa Biosciences Academy Scholar. In 2016 he was recognized as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Niko will study at the Imperial College London to pursue a one-year Master of Research in Systems and Synthetic Biology. As an avid communicator and writer Niko will also create a student magazine for scientific writing.

Kelsey O'Donnell, from Sargeant Bluff, Iowa, graduated from Iowa with a BA with Honors with High Distinction in International Studies and Anthropology. Kelsey served as an ICFRC Intern, and was active with the Organization for the Active Support for International Students. With her Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Taiwan, Kelsey will teach English at a school in Kinmen, Taiwan. She also plans to volunteer for a local Girl Scouts of Taiwan chapter to assist with community-based activities that focus on life skills, leadership, and decision-making.

Alexis "Lexi" Koch, from Solon, Iowa, graduated from Iowa with a BS with Honors in Human Physiology on a pre-med track with minors in Spanish, psychology, and chemistry. With her Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to Spain, Lexi will teach and tutor children with hopes that interacting with people in another culture will improve her ability to communicate complicated ideas. At Iowa Lexi did a great deal of research and tutoring.

For more information on the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council visit icfrc.org.