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Note: This event will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. Malaysia Time. Depending on your time zone, the event may be on Monday night – for example, those in the EST time zone would tune into the event on Monday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

On December 7, 2021, the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program through a virtual open house entitled, “The Bridge: Fulbright @ 75.”

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With a focus on the future and importance of international education and partnership, this “virtual open house” will take place on the cutting edge digital platform: Gather.Town.

The event will feature remarks from MACEE’s Honorary Co-Chairs: Minister of Higher Education, Noraini Ahmad and U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Brian McFeeters as well as keynote remarks from MACEE’s Executive Director, Curtis Johnson and many more.

The Bridge will host breakout rooms that will allow attendees to hear presentations from ‘21 Malaysian Fulbrighters as well as additional informational sessions curated by Malaysian Fulbright alums with topics ranging from how to apply to what to bring with you on your trip!

Featured Grant Program Breakout Rooms include:
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)
Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
Fulbright Malaysian Scholar
Fulbright Professional Exchange
Fulbright U.S.-ASEAN Initiative
Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA)

The Gather.Town platform will provide attendees with an immersive virtual experience where the user will create avatars and that will step into MACEE’s virtual neighborhood, allowing participants the opportunity to move around and interact with other participants based on your locations in the room, just like real life.

There are only 100 spaces available. RSVP Today!

Contact MACEE at [email protected] with any questions.


PAS invited a popular Influencer from Turkmenistan’s Instagram community to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The blogger introduced the program to her followers and shared the Embassy’s contact information in her Stories. Shortly after the popular blogger’s coverage of the Fulbright Program, ORIENT, a semi-official publication aimed at young people in Turkmenistan, also set out to inform its readers about the scholarship programs available to them abroad. In addition to Fulbright, ORIENT listed Muskie and UGRAD. This is one of the first attempts by PAS to collaborate with the newly emerging Influencer community in the country.

On December 3, from 18:30 to 20:30, Embassy Ashgabat held an event to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program. The event, which featured short speeches about Fulbright experiences and expectations from, had a total attendance of eight alumni, five current participants, two local social media influencers and five Embassy staff. Due to local limitations on social gatherings, the event was held at the Public Affairs Section’s Multi-Purpose Hall, with a maximum of twenty attendees. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program has been active in Turkmenistan since 1993, and the Student program launched in 2008. It has gained 80 alumni since then, with 43 scholars and 37 students counting themselves part of the Fulbright universe. Many of the alumni are still living and working in Turkmenistan, proving once again that to a majority of the participants, Fulbright is an opportunity to give back to their community.

The evening started with networking and introductions, since a lot of the alumni had not met each other previously. U.S. Ambassador Matthew Klimow highlighted the importance of the program in Turkmenistan, as well as a couple of exceptional achievements by Fulbright alumnae in Turkmenistan. 

After the Ambassador’s speech, the audience had an opportunity to hear about their Fulbright experience from several alumni and one current Fulbrighter hoping to depart in January and start her program in Film Studies at SCAD. Gozel Hallyyeva (student, 2017), Sofiya Yuvshanova (student, 2016), Gaplan Esenamanov (scholar, 2004, 2012, 2021), Mekan Karayev (student, 2020) and Durnabat Atagarryyeva (student, 2021) all shared brief messages about themselves, their Fulbright memories and current work, and, in the case of Durnabat, what she hopes to gain from the program. 

After congratulatory messages from Branch Chief for Fulbright Programs in South and Central Asia Julia Findlay and Secretary Blinken, alumni and participants once again had some time to mingle and exchange contact information. Because there is no alumni association in Turkmenistan (bureaucratic obstacles are preventing this), events like this are a prime opportunity for Fulbrighters to share ideas and information, as well as to provide support to each other and especially to departing Fulbrighters, who are understandably nervous about starting their programs in the United States. 

A local influencer with over 20K followers on Instagram remarked that she was astonished to find out about the program and all that it offers to participants, shared the information with her followers, and is now considering applying for the program herself, once her English language skills are stronger. She took the opportunity to learn about the Embassy’s American Center, its activities and programs, and shared that with her following too. 

In general, this event was very successful, and there are plans to hold a larger event, including as many alumni as possible, in the near future. Some photographs follow.

Note that while this event took place on December 3, Turkmenistan’s Fulbright Day was December 17.

Person stands at podium next to U.S. flag delivering a speech. Audience sits in chairs in front of podium.
Alumni listen to welcome remarks from U.S. Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow
Person with shoulder-length dark hair and white shirt stands at podium delivering a speech between the U.S. and Turkmenistan flags.
Gozel Hallyyeva (2016) shares her Fulbright experience at Quinlan School of Business in Chicago
Person with dark hair in a low bun and a gray top speaks at a podium between the U.S. and Turkmenistan flags.
Durnabat Atagarryyeva (2021) shares her expectations of the Fulbright Program at SCAD
Two people in suits standing in front of a blue backdrop with the Department of State seal and between the U.S. and Turkmenistan flags.
Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow with Palvan Orazdurdyyev, 2020 program scholarship recipient
Group of people, half seated in chairs and half standing, smiling for a photo
Standing, L-R: Alumni Coordinator Laylo Ishchanova, (half-hidden) acting Information Officer Alesia Krupenikava, Zohre Ovezliyeva (scholar 2012), Mekan Karayev (2019), Sofiya Yuvshanova (2016), Enejan (influencer), Aylar Japarova (2012), Lachin Artykova (2018), Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow, Guljahan Gochova (2019), Ayjemal Gurbanova (influencer), CAO Nigel Robinson, Palvan Orazdurdyyev (recipient 2020), PAO Tammy Paltchikov, Durnabat Atagarryyeva (recipient 2021)

Seated, L-R: Yakub Annanepesov (2012), Sahetmyrat Garyagdyyev (recipient 2021), Exchange Program Coordinator Maysa Niyazova, Serdar Agayev (scholar, 2008, 2021), Gaplan Esenamanov (scholar, 2004, 2012, 2021)
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Celebrating the Fulbright Program’s 75th Anniversary, the Commission in Peru will host a Facebook Live event with Fulbright alumni who will discuss their participation in Fulbright Projects, an initiative that provides funds for the implementation of projects that promote mutual understanding between Peru and the United States and the importance of the Fulbright Program.

This event will be held on December 15, 2022, at 19:00 Peru Time/EST and livestreamed using the Fulbright Commission in Peru’s Facebook Page

See below for two videos created by the Fulbright Commission in Peru celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Program.

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To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the global Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Commission in Sri Lanka presents a virtual keynote address, “Connecting Crossing Boundaries and Imaging sans Structures: Reflections on Fulbright Experiences,” by Fulbright alumnus and eminent scholar Prof. Gamini Keerawella. The talk will draw from his vast experiences in international affairs to highlight the true benefits of international education.

Professor Keerawella is a two-time Fulbright award recipient – Scholar-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, MA and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His internationally recognized research has focused on diverse areas such as peace and security in the Indian Ocean, regional security architecture and cooperation in South Asia, identity politics and post-colonial State formation in Sri Lanka. He is the Executive Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, a South Asian think tank based in Sri Lanka and is Professor Emeritus, Department of Modern History at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.

The event will occur on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m. IST/8:30 a.m. EST. Register here.

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Steve Carr, Milk and Honey, 2010, c-type photographic print

To celebrate 75 years of the global Fulbright Program, Fulbright New Zealand are bringing together a dynamic group of visual artists whose Fulbright experience significantly shaped key turning points in their artistic practice.

We often find solace in art and creativity during times of adversity, and this has certainly been the case since Covid-19 became a global pandemic. Rarely have we seen such a proliferation of online arts events, exhibitions, performances, readings and more. As artists and creative practitioners around the world are increasingly occupying an important place on the world stage, perhaps now is a good time to ask: What can our artists teach us about resilience and the imagination in these difficult times?

Featuring artists Steve Carr (Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award, 2013), Jim Dennison (Fulbright NZ Scholar, 2008), and Anne Noble (Fulbright NZ Scholar, 2013.)

This panel discussion will be chaired by renowned art-historian and Director of the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, Tina Barton (Fulbright Travel Award in 2009). A video recording of the event is available below and on Fulbright NZ’s Youtube channel.

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Photo taken by Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Jen Guyton, who was in Mozambique in 2018.

Our Fulbright Day commemoration will consist of a virtual panel of alumni from different Fulbright programs available, including Gaspar Come, Fulbright Teaching English Assistant; Sandra Buvane, Hubert Humphrey Fellow; Tani Machonissa, Fulbright Scholar. The panelists will share their experiences on the impact of their Fulbright exchange, the ways it shaped their current professional trajectories, and offer advice to the future generation of Fulbright applicants that will comprise our target audience. Following their testimonials, there will be a Q&A session for the alumni panel as well as the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) staff hosting and coordinating the event.

The platform for the panel will be Zoom and the event will be conducted in Portuguese to maximize participation. Sound bites from the testimonials given during the panel will also be used as stand-alone social media posts on Facebook for further amplification. The event will also serve as a way to re-engage with alumni and harness the power of their experiences for additional recruitment to Fulbright programs.

A recording of the panel will be available after the event on this page.

Featured Alumni

Julie Dash (1991 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the United Kingdom) is an American film and television director, writer, and producer. Her 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was the first full-length film directed by an African American woman to have a wide theatrical release in the United States.

Andrew Hevia (2015 Fulbright U.S. Student to Hong Kong) is a Cuban-American filmmaker. He was a producer on the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight and is an associate producer on the new Princess Diana biographical film drama Spencer.

Edward Albee (1964 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Soviet Union) was an American playwright best known for his plays The Zoo Story, A Delicate Balance, Seascape, Three Tall Women, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He won three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, two Tony Awards for Best Play, and a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

John Lithgow (1967 Fulbright U.S. Student to the United Kingdom) is an American actor, writer, musician, and poet who has received two Golden Globes, six Emmys, three SAG awards, and two Tony Awards, and was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Grammys. He is known for his roles on popular television shows including 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter, and The Crown, as well as films including The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment, and Footloose.

Wallace Shawn (1965 Fulbright U.S. Student to India) is an American actor, playwright, and author known for his roles in My Dinner with Andre, Clueless, and The Princess Bride.  He is also a prominent voice actor featured in the Toy Story franchise and other Pixar films.

Wolf Kahn (1962 Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy) as a German-born American painter and printmaker known for his combination of Realism and Color Field.  His work appears in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Hirshhorn Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Dale Chihuly (1968 Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy) is an artist known for his innovations in the field of blown glass, especially his large scale, site-specific sculptures. His work has been exhibited in public spaces and museums around the world.

Stefan Sagmeister (1986 Fulbright Student from Austria) is an Austrian graphic designer and typographer who has designed album covers for leading artists in the music industry including Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, and others, winning him two Grammy Awards.

Emily Mason (1956 Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy) was an abstract painter and printmaker. She was a longtime teacher of art at Hunter College in New York City and exhibited her work throughout the United States.

Sheena Rose (2014 Fulbright  Student from Barbados) is a visual artist whose multi-disciplinary works have been featured in the Havana Biennial, Venice Biennial, and Jamaica Biennial, as well as museums in the United States and around the world. She has designed public art projects including bus shelters in Des Moines, Iowa and a mural at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

Milton Glaser (1952 Fulbright U.S. Student to Italy) was a celebrated American graphic designer whose designs included the I ♥ NY logo and the logos for DC Comics and Brooklyn Brewery. He was the co-founder of New York Magazine and the first graphic artist to receive the National Medal of the Arts.

Mary Ellen Mark (1965 Fulbright U.S. Student to Turkey) was a photographer whose work documented the women’s liberation movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, as well as diverse cultures around the world. Her photographs appeared in Life, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. She received three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards, the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work, and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Aaron Copland (1950 and 1964 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Austria, and Germany) was a preeminent American composer and conductor who was known as the “Dean of American Composers.” His works include Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, and Fanfare for the Common Man.  His musical scores for movies and ballet won him an Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Philip Glass (1964 Fulbright U.S. Student to France) is a prolific American composer and founder of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century, he has written critically acclaimed operas and symphonies as well as three Academy Award-nominated film scores, all in his minimalist style.  He was a 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree for his lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

George Walker (1957 Fulbright U.S. Student to France) was a composer and the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his work Lilacs. He was the recipient of numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fromm Foundation commission, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.

Julia Wolfe (1991 Fulbright U.S. Student to the Netherlands) is an American composer who won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for her work Anthracite Fields. She has also received the Herb Alpert Award in Music and was a MacArthur Fellow.

Jin Hi Kim (2017 Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Vietnam) is a Korean American composer and performer who introduced the komungo, a Korean zither, in both traditional and electric forms to American contemporary music.  She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center as well as at international festivals and venues.

Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming (1984 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany) is one of the most accomplished American operatic sopranos, a musical stateswoman, and an advocate for the powerful connection between music and health. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she is a Kennedy Center Honoree and the recipient of France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, and is a member of England’s Royal Academy of Music.

Katherine Dunham(1986 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Brazil) was an American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist who is credited with transforming American dance by bringing African and the Caribbean influences into the American dance world.  She founded and directed the Katherine Dunham Company and introduced the Dunham Technique for teaching dance.

Garth Fagan (1996 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Australia and New Zealand) is a Jamaican American modern dance choreographer who is the founder and artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance. His choreography has been featured at the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Limón Dance Company.  He received a Tony Award as well as Drama Desk, Laurence Olivier, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his groundbreaking work in the Broadway Musical The Lion King.

Sylvia Plath (1955 Fulbright U.S. Student to the United Kingdom) was a dynamic and influential poet, novelist, and writer best known for her poetry collections The Colossus and Other Poems, and Ariel, as well as her novel The Bell Jar. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

George Seferis (1968 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Greece) was a poet and statesman who was the first Greek recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He had a long and successful diplomatic career, retiring as the Royal Greek Ambassador to the United Kingdom. His resistance to the military government in Greece made him a national hero.

Maya Angelou (1986 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Liberia) was a poet and civil rights activist who authored autobiographies, essays, poetry, plays, movies, and television shows. She wrote 36 books, including her influential work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

John Steinbeck (1963 Fulbright U.S. Specialist to the Soviet Union) was an author of scores of works including East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his realistic and imaginative writings and keen social perception.

Eudora Welty (1954 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the United Kingdom) was a short story writer, novelist, and photographer whose novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

N. Scott Momaday (1973 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Soviet Union) is a Kiowa novelist, essayist, and poet. He became the first Native American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his work House Made of Dawn. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

John Updike (1973 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ghana and Nigeria) was a novelist, literary critic, and poet who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is best known for his “Rabbit” series of novels, which chronicle the life of a fictional middle-class American.

Chinua Achebe (1987 Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Nigeria) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who is regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern African literature. The author of 20 books, he is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart. He was a recipient of the International Booker Prize.

Gish Jen (2002 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to China) is a writer and speaker who is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received a Guggenheim fellowship.   She has published short stories including “Birthmates,” and novels including Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife,  World and Town, and The Resisters.

Jonathan Franzen (1981 Fulbright U.S. Student to Germany) is a celebrated novelist and essayist whose novel The Corrections won many honors, including a National Book Award. His other novels, including Freedom and Crossroads, have cemented his reputation as one of the most widely discussed and critically acclaimed modern American novelists.

Featured Alumni

Maria Ressa (1986 U.S. Student to the Philippines) is a Filipino-American author, journalist, longtime CNN reporter, and co-founder and CEO and President of the digital media company, Rappler. Recognized for her work to support a free press, she was named a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.


Megha Rajagopalan (2010 Fulbright U.S. Student to China) is an international correspondent for BuzzFeed News. She was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her work reporting on Uighur internment camps in Western China.

Daniel Alarcón (2001 Fulbright U.S. Student to Peru) is a journalist and novelist who writes about Latin America for The New Yorker and serves as Assistant Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He is the co-founder, host, and executive producer of NPR’s Radio Ambulante and was named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow.

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 19, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jim Sciutto (1993 Fulbright U.S. Student to Hong Kong) is Anchor and Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN. He has authored several books, reported from 50 countries, and was the senior foreign correspondent for ABC News, based in London, UK. He also served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

Barbara Crossette United Nations Correspondent, The Nation Former Correspondent,

Barbara Crossette (1981 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to India) is the United Nations Correspondent for The Nation. She previously wrote on international affairs and was the UN bureau chief for The New York Times. She is the author of several books on Asia, and won the George Polk Award in 1992 for her coverage of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi .

Karen Attiah 2019 Journalist of the Year, National Association of Black Journalists

Karen Attiah (2008 Fulbright U.S. Student to Ghana) is a columnist and the former Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post. She won the George Polk Award for her writing about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Mary Ellen (Meg) Greenfield (1952 Fulbright U.S. Student to the United Kingdom) was the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Washington Post editorial page and a Newsweek columnist who chronicled the major events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. For more than 30 years she wrote about topics such as politics, civil rights, nuclear strategy, and military preparedness, calling on government to pursue far-sighted policy and bipartisan solutions.

David Bradley Chairman, Atlantic Media

David Bradley (1977 Fulbright U.S. Student to the Philippines) is the Chairman of the Atlantic Media Company, whose holdings include The Atlantic, Quartz, National Group, and Government Executive Media Group. He is the founder of the Corporate Executive Board and the Advisory Board Company.

Doug Mitchell 2020 Online News Association Community Award Winner

Doug Mitchell (2007 Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Chile) is the founder of NPR’s “Next Generation Radio” and the 2020 Online News Association Community Award Winner. He has led and advised training and mentoring projects including the National Association of Black Journalists Media Institute and serves as the Board Chair of the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, and its members have sustained that support for the past 75 years. Today, thanks to Congress, Fulbright continues to develop future leaders representing the talent and diversity of all U.S. states and U.S. territories, and of partner countries around the world.

Featured Members of Congress

Senator Patrick Leahy


Congresswoman Barbara Lee

13th District of California

Senator Amy Klobuchar


Congressman Tom Cole

4th District of Oklahoma

1977 Fulbright U.S. Student to the United Kingdom

Senator John Boozman


Congressman John Sarbanes

3rd District of Maryland

1984 Fulbright U.S. Student to Greece

Former Congresswoman Nita Lowey

7th District of New York

Fulbright alumni are addressing environmental challenges through their work at the local, national, and international levels. By contributing to environmental policy, advancing research and conservation, and sharing environmental science with non-scientists and local communities, Fulbright alumni are empowering citizen scientists and inspiring others to safeguard the environment and create a more sustainable future.

Introductory remarks provided by:

Andrea Dutton

Dr. Andrea Dutton (2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to New Zealand) is a renowned sea level and climate change expert, geology professor, and the recipient of back-to-back Fulbright U.S. Scholar and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship awards. Her research has taken her to the Seychelles, the Bahamas, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, and most recently to New Zealand through the Fulbright Program where she conducted research at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, analyzing models and geologic records of Antarctic ice sheets for paleoclimatology research. This research helped to better understand the contribution of ice sheets to sea-level change and predict future changes caused by global warming. Committed to spreading the word about sea level and climate change via NPR, TEDx Talks, Fulbright lectures, and articles in Rolling Stone, Dutton’s mission is to ensure that her research moves far beyond the lab. She speaks passionately about combating glacial ice melt and sea level rise, while acknowledging the immediacy of the crisis. Dutton continues this work as a professor of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she nurtures students and builds new relationships with colleagues in the Department of Geoscience. After graduating from  Amherst College, she taught science at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and then pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in geological sciences at the University of Michigan. 

Read Andrea Dutton’s profile.

Featured Alumni

Gillian Bowser (2014 Fulbright U.S. Specialist to Peru) is an ecology research scientist and faculty member in the Natural Resource Lab at Colorado State University who has dedicated her career to empowering citizen scientists to protect, manage, and preserve parks impacted by climate change. During her Fulbright at National Agrarian University – La Molina she focused on communicating the impact of glacial retreat in Huascarán National Park’s mountain wetlands to faculty and students.  

Read our profile.

GuðmundurIngi Guðbrandsson (2005 Fulbright Student from Iceland) is Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, where he is leading a comprehensive plan to reduce the country’s emissions, aiming for carbon neutrality in 2040, and pursuing policies of global collaboration to address the complexities of climate change. He earned his master’s in environmental management at Yale University during his Fulbright. 

Read our profile.

Nicole Kanayurak (2018 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar) is an Inupiaq from Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the northernmost point in the United States, who works at the municipal level to prioritize indigenous and traditional practices and community involvement in wildlife management. As a Scholar in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, she carried out comparative research in Iceland on communications infrastructure, food security and sustainable economies.

Abby McBride (2017 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow to New Zealand) advocates for the conservation of marine life by using the arts to engage the public and inspire individuals to be part of the solution, calling herself a “sketch biologist.” On her Fulbright in New Zealand, she used National Geographic’s digital platforms to share images and experiences on social media and blogged about New Zealand’s efforts as a world leader in seabird conservation.  

Kevin McLean (2016 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow to Malaysia and Ecuador) is an ecologist who uses digital media to communicate complex research concepts and engage the public in the journey and wonder of science, as the Associate Director of Research Talks and Outreach at iBiology. On his Fulbright, he split his time between Malaysian Borneo and the Ecuadorian Amazon, studying canopy wildlife and producing digital media for National Geographic Voices to introduce a digital and local audience to canopy ecology and conservation.   

Elena Perez (2017 Fulbright U.S. Student to Ecuador) is the Ocean Action Agenda lead at the World Economic Forum. As a Fulbrighter, she worked with the residents of the Galápagos Islands to develop effective outreach and education to reduce the use of disposable plastics that contribute to marine plastic pollution, recognizing the vital role that the local community plays in conservation.