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Congratulations to Drexel's 2016 Fulbright Honorees!

May 31, 2016

Congratulations to the latest Drexel students and alumni to be recognized by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

Three Drexel students and alumni have been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant and one has been named an alternate. These students spent lots of time developing research proposals, crafting application essays, and incorporating feedback from supportive readers. We are delighted they've been recognized for their hard work and potential.

These students were selected from over 9300 applicants from across the United States, on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. This year, just over 1,900 Fulbright Student Program grants will be awarded to U.S. citizens to reach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad.

Julianna FrangosJulianna Frangos

BA International Area Studies '16
2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Grant, Luxembourg
Drexel faculty mentor:
Travis Harman
Julianna is completing her bachelor's in International Area Studies, with minors in German and French. She hopes to combine her interests and gain critical classroom experience teaching young adults, while engaging with the local community and learning more about the people and culture as an ETA.


Tim Gorichanaz

Tim Gorichanaz

PhD student, Information Studies
2016 Alternate: Fulbright-Schuman Grant, European Union

Drexel faculty mentor:
Dr. Deborah Turner

In his research, Tim explores the human experience of using information, much of which is mediated through language and technology. In addition to his research, Tim is an avid long distance runner who regularly competes in 50- and 100-mile races.

Matthew Parsons Fall 2015

Matthew Parsons

BS Physics ’15, Honors
2016 Fulbright Study/Research Grant, France
Matthew recently completed his B.S. in Physics at Drexel and is now a computational physics programmer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. His current research looks at how to apply machine learning methods to monitor the stability of magnetically confined fusion plasmas, with the intention of developing computational tools that can be used for the ITER project in southern France. 

Audrey Ryan

Audrey Ryan

BS Architectural Engineering ’15; MS Civil Engineering ’15, Honors
2016 Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Denmark
Drexel faculty mentor:
James E. Mitchell, AIA, M.S., M.Arch.

Audrey recently completed a 15-country research project focused on bioinspired buildings as the 2015 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Foundation Structural Engineering Fellow.
Audrey's proposed project will map the energy ecosystem of EnergyLab Nordhavn - a collaborative "living energy lab" in Copenhagen, Denmark. 


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

** The 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Program opened on March 31, 2016. Learn more about applying for Fulbright at Drexel.**

About the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program’s establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since then, the Program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges – from sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security – in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States and the world.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 33 who have served as a head of state or government.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail