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Congratulations to Ashleigh Jugan, 2017 Gilman Scholar and Freeman-ASIA awardee to Vietnam!

December 5, 2016

Congratulations to Ashleigh Jugan, 2017 Gilman Scholar and Freeman-ASIA awardee to Vietnam!

Ashleigh Jugan (BS Environmental Science ’18, Honors) has been awarded a Gilman International Scholarship and Freeman-ASIA award to support her 3 month co-op in Vietnam this spring. She will be working directly with endangered pangolins at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. Ashleigh is the second Drexel student to receive a Freeman-ASIA award since the award was established in 2001. Huge congratulations, Ashleigh! 


Jugan HeadshotAshleigh first discovered her interest in environmental research during her iSTAR experience to Finland in 2014 while working on remediation of acid mine drainage. She found similar research at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she took her first Co-op in the Wetlands Department as a field and lab technician. Ashleigh previously studied abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia for five months in 2015. She is currently a member of the Undergraduate Research Leaders (Programming Chair, 2015-16) and the President of the Drexel Naturalists Association (Vice President, 2015-16). Ashleigh’s career goals include research and education in the conservation and tropical ecology fields, specifically endangered species. Her Drexel faculty mentor is Dr. Elizabeth Watson in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science.



The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides grants of up to $7000 to support American undergraduates who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Since 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions. Learn more about Freeman-ASIA and how to apply at Drexel.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides U.S. citizen undergraduate students financial support to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and read more about Drexel's other 2017 Gilman honorees.