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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious award that provides funding to study for a master’s degree, complete an independent research project, or teach English for up to a year outside the U.S. During their grant period, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country.

RIT Awardees

Benjamin GlogerBenjamin Gloger
Computer Science (GCCIS)
Fulbright Finalist - Research

Benjamin will work on a project aimed at strengthening supply chains and their cybersecurity in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) in Germany. “It was the perfect cross between my two biggest areas of interest—machine learning and cybersecurity,” he says.

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Maria MorcosMaria Morcos
Physician Assistant (CHST)
Fulbright Finalist - Research

Maria will spend the next academic year conducting a clinical asthma trial at Bahrian's Royal College of Surgeons. Her research will update and share recommendations with clinicians in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. “COVID is what influenced my Fulbright,” she says. “Long-term effects from COVID are very scary. We had no idea what was going on. If there’s anything I can do to make this better in the future for other people, I will do it.”

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Sydney Van WinkleSydney VanWinkle
Environmental Science (COS)
Fulbright Finalist - Research

Sydney will head to Madagascar in fall 2022 to study the impact that conservation initiatives have on local communities and the environment. Over nine months she will analyze the impacts of conservation initiatives that occur through the Centre ValBio (CVB), a field station in Ranomafana National Park. In addition, she will assess an initiative led by the Seneca Park Zoo Society and another led by CVB’s Education and Outreach Department. “I think I’m going to gain a lot more experience in Madagascar with the social side of conservation and environmental work,” she says. “I plan to be out in the community surveying people and seeing how much we’re helping through efforts to reforest the area and teach sustainable practices."

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As a Fulbright alternate, these students could be promoted to Fulbright finalist status if additional funding becomes available.

Swathi Jacob ('22)
College of Health Sciences and Technology, Biomedical Sciences
Fulbright Alternate – Study

Swathi would pursue a master's degree in psychological research methods at University of Stirling in Scotland.

Maragret Brooks ('22)
Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Fulbright Alternate - Study

Margaret would pursue a master's degree in amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation at University of Southhampton in England.

Claire "Abby" Bratton ('22)
Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Abby would pursue a master's degree in science and health communication at Dublin City University in Ireland.

RIT students interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program fellowship should contact Jenny Sullivan (, Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.