CLEMSON — Four Clemson University students have been selected to receive prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, and two more were named semifinalists.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for scholars to live and study abroad on individually designed research projects or working as English teaching assistants.

The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction in the classroom, field and home, allowing the scholar to gain an appreciation of other cultures.

“It’s a good year when half of a university’s Fulbright nominees are named semifinalists and the majority of them are awarded grants. I think this indicates that Clemson’s initiatives in promoting international education are paying off in a big way,” said Stephen Wainscott, Clemson’s Fulbright Program adviser.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipients are:

  • Amanda Farthing, an industrial engineering major from Indialantic, Florida. She will spend her Fulbright year in Chile studying the development and optimization of solar energy.
  • Amanda Pridmore, a 2014 graduate who majored in political science. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, and will spend her Fulbright year in Germany researching the funding and financing of Holocaust memorials.
  • Rachel Lang-Balde, a Ph.D. student in international family and community studies. She lives in Greenville and will spend her Fulbright year in Guinea where she will study cultural beliefs and practices associated with positive birth outcomes.
  • Danielle Gill, a biological sciences major from Marietta, was awarded an English teaching assistantship in Argentina, but has decided to enter a Ph.D. program in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she will study infectious diseases.

The two Fulbright U.S. Student semifinalists are:

  • Caroline Hensley, a health science/English double major from Waxhaw, North Carolina. She was an applicant for South Africa where she proposed to study how the social sciences and humanities impact HIV treatment and prevention trials.
  • Kaitlyn Scola, a genetics/microbiology major from Charlotte. She proposed to conduct research in Germany on how small RNAs control pathogenesis in Streptococcus pyogenes.

For more information on the program, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org. Students interested in applying should contact Stephen Wainscott at shwns@clemson.edu or 864-656-4672.

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