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Congratulations to Drexel's 2015 Fulbright Finalists

January 29, 2015

Four Drexel students and alumni have been recommended as finalists for the prestigious Fulbright US Student Program for study and research or teaching English abroad in 2015-16. These students spent lots of time developing research proposals, crafting application essays, and incorporating feedback from supportive readers. We are very happy for them.

After being chosen as finalists by the Fulbright National Screening Committee, their applications have been passed to the host countries for final selection. They will hear in the coming months whether they receive the award. We wish them the best of luck!

Carmen Cronin (Public Health, MPH, ’14) is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Project Coordinator in the Department of Community Health and Prevention. Her research focuses primarily on designing, implementing, and evaluating health communication programs to promote individual and social change, often using participatory research methods. Carmen’s Drexel faculty mentor is Dr. Suruchi Sood. She is currently a Research Project Coordinator for a Programme Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF HQ to conduct violence against children related secondary data analysis, research and evaluation capacity building, and primary research. She hopes to return to Africa on a Fulbright Study/Research grant to Uganda.

When Armir Koka (Film and Video, BS, ’11) worked for Big Picture Alliance, a non-profit organization that helps Philadelphia’s underserved youth through engaging media arts programs, he realized how students with no prior film experience had created some very genuine and authentic work. Armir now works as a videographer and video editor, and volunteers as an ESL teacher at his local Philadelphia library. Armir's Drexel faculty mentor is Gerard Hooper. He hopes to spend a year in Kosovo as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and plans to use his background in film as a creative teaching method in the classroom. Armir also hopes to referee soccer tournaments in Kosovo as a way to get involved with the local community.

Kristian Linares (Information Technology, BS, ’15) is a veteran in the U.S. Air Force. His short, but eventful, career in the military taught him about his thirst for knowledge. The experiential learner began his academic journey seven years ago at the Community College of Philadelphia, which will culminate here at Drexel. After Kristian graduates, he hopes to take all he has learned and experienced to make an impact teaching English in Cyprus.

Keya Middleton (Creative Arts Therapy, MS, ’15) attained her B.A. in Criminology and a minor in Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She later joined the research team at Temple University’s Center of Obesity Research and Education (CORE), working on the Get Health Philly initiative and the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Central PA’s Academic and Community-Based Participatory Research partnership. Keya is now a 2nd year Masters student attaining her degree in Dance/ Movement Therapy and Counseling. Her faculty mentor is Ellen Schelly Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, LPC. Keya hopes to teach English in Taiwan, while contributing diverse innovation to classrooms through creativity.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards funding for one academic year of self-designed study, research, creative projects, or teaching English in one of over 140 countries around the world. 

For more information please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website or email