Six UM Students Awarded Fulbright Assignments to Work Abroad

May 09, 2019

MISSOULA – Six University of Montana students recently earned prestigious Fulbright awards to research or teach English overseas.

The Fulbright grantees are:

  • Kaitlyn Anderson, a 2019 UM graduate from Kalispell who earned a degree in resource conservation and a minor in wildlife biology from UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. She will journey halfway across the world to Tajikistan to complete a Fulbright research project on human and wildlife conflicts.
  • Natasha Harwood, a Butte native who will graduate from UM this summer with dual degrees in German and Russian and a minor in linguistics after completing a semester of study in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her Fulbright grant will send her to Saxony, Germany, to work as an English teaching assistant.
  • Holly Jacobs, a 2018 double-major in music and German from Frenchtown. She will return to Germany, where she completed a study abroad experience as an undergraduate, to work as an English teaching assistant in the German state of Lower Saxony.
  • Dusty Keim, who earned degrees in English literature and creative writing this spring at UM with minors in German, history and European studies. The Twin Bridges native will work as an English teaching assistant in Austria this fall.
  • Miranda Morgan, a UM writing instructor and master’s candidate in nonfiction writing from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will spend next year in Bergen, Norway, through her Fulbright award as an English teaching assistant, as well as serve as a resource for learning English and understanding American culture at Bergen Cathedral School.
  • Anne Yoncha, a master’s student in fine arts at UM from Wilmington, Delaware. She earned a Fulbright award to perform research in Finland on a site formerly used as reindeer habitat. She will collect data from layers of peat in disturbed and undisturbed areas and hopes to create an art-science installation called “Re:Peat.”

During their Fulbright experiences abroad, the students will meet, work, live and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of other viewpoints and beliefs.

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Contact: Liz Ametsbichler, UM Fulbright Program adviser, 406-243-5001, liz.ametsbichler@umontana.edu; Clint Walker, UM incoming Fulbright Program adviser, 406-243-2401, clint.walker@mso.umt.edu.