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Announcing the 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellows

07. 21. 2020

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellowship! The purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Approximately 1,900 grants are available to over 140 countries.

Sofía Mulholland Cerkvenik - Peru

Sofía Mulholland Cerkvenik will be based in Lima, Perú during her research work. She will be investigating how involvement in girl's/women's soccer programs has an impact on the athlete's social, emotional, and academic wellbeing. Sofía hopes to further expand her understanding on how efforts to make education more equitable are finding success, what challenges are being posed, and work with local organizations to develop strategies to overcome some of the obstacles. Sofía received her B.A. in History with a minor in Asian Languages and Literatures from the UMN's College of Lberal Arts and her M.Ed in Social Studies Education from the UMN's College of Education and Human Development. Sofía is excited to use the skills and knowledge grown from her Fulbright research to foster more equitable teaching practices in her own pedagogy and beyond.

Jamie Mosel - Japan

Effects of climate change on forest health will have major environmental, cultural, economic, and global impacts. Jamie focuses on responses of forests to climate change, and specifically ways to adapt forest management to cope with climate change. She will be returning to Hokkaido (Japan) where she will research forest health, tree physiology, and forest management practices related to climate change. Her research in Japan builds on her PhD work on adaptive management and climate change responses of tree species in northern Minnesota. Jamie also hopes to contextualize this work by highlighting the importance of Indigenous rights and sovereignty in forest management practices. Her goal is to contribute to our understanding of global forest health and help foster mutual relationships towards supporting healthy future forests locally and internationally.

Jamie has a B.A. in history and biology from St. Olaf College, and a M.S. from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Natural Resources Science and Management at the UMN.

Corrie Nyquist - Iceland

Corrie is a PhD student in the CFANS Department of Entomology. Her graduate research focuses on the winter activity and community structure of chironomids, a group of aquatic flies commonly known as midges. Her cold weather interest has taken her to Iceland where for the past two summers she has conducted research on the impacts of warming air temperatures on Palearctic midge species emerging from cold and geothermally heated springs. Corrie received a 2020-2021 Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Grant for research pertaining to Arctic systems. With the aid of this fellowship, she will conduct some of the first formal investigations of winter-active midges in Iceland. Corrie will be working with the University of Iceland and the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute to investigate the species diversity of these insects and their responses to climate change. In conducting her research, Corrie hopes to contribute to a broader understanding of how a warming climate will impact winter reliant insects in Arctic and subarctic regions.

Ka Vang - Thailand

Ka has elected to decline the Fulbright award.

Note: Additional Fulbright awards might be pending.