SPHHS students and recent grads among UMass Amherst Fulbright awardees for 2016

University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences Fulbright winners Alexander Bodgan, Maegan Boutot, and Bryn Rothschild-Shea

From top: Alexander Bodgan,
Maegan Boutot, and Bryn Rothschild-Shea

September 12, 2016

UMass Amherst counted a record sixteen Fulbright scholarships awarded on campus in 2016, and three SPHHS students and recent graduates are among those group. They include:

Alexander Bogdan, currently pursuing a master's in the Biostatistics program, who will travel to Romania to investigate the role of environmental exposures on cervical cancer in Romanian women. He hopes to help physicians with accurate disease prediction and informative clinical recommendations. Bogdan also earned bachelor’s degrees in public health sciences and in biochemistry and molecular biology from UMass Amherst in 2015.

Maegan Boutot, who earned a master's in epidemiology in 2016, will combine her previous research with her love of the Russian language to conduct a public health project in Russia on dating culture and sexual health in university-aged Russian and foreign students.

Bryn Rothschild-Shea, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders, will travel to Logroño, Spain to teach English at an elementary school. Since her time at UMass Amherst she has worked at a school for students with autism. After her Fulbright year Rothschild-Shea intends to continue in the field of education as a speech-language pathologist.

Established 60 years ago by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Since its inception, more than 300,000 U.S. and foreign scholars have participated in the program, teaching, studying and researching while also engaging in activities to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations.

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