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14 Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights to Travel, Study, Teach

May 24, 2018   |   by Hannah Silverstein   |   Dartmouth News

The recipients will use their grants to study or teach in one of 10 countries.

Sponsored by the US government, the Fulbright US Student Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations through international educational exchanges in more than 155 countries. Fulbright awards are available for research, graduate study, and teaching English.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research Holly Taylor, who advises Dartmouth students and alumni through the Fulbright application process, says this year’s Fulbrights will be living and working in 10 countries on five continents.

“We had very strong applicants for Fulbright this year, and I’m delighted that so many were successful,” Taylor says. “Fellowship Advising truly gets invested in helping Dartmouth applicants, both current students and alumni. Our office is nearly as excited as the recipients to hear about their success.”

[This year's recipients include:]

James Jung '14 Th'15

Santa Clarita, Calif.
Biomedical engineering major
Research/study grant, Poland

James Jung

Through Fulbright, James Jung will study the pathogenesis of psoriasis in the department of immunology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. “I’ll also be taking classes in immunology, biotechnology, and the history, culture, and language of Poland,” he says.

Jung, who is currently a predoctoral research associate at the Lebanon, NH-based biotech company Adimab, loved Poland when he visited after graduation. “It was a place I could picture myself living for an extended period of time,” he says.

His interest in disease mechanisms grew out of witnessing friends and family experience illnesses like psoriasis, diabetes, and cancer. “At a young age I didn’t understand the mechanisms of diseases, but I was curious about them.”

At Dartmouth, he worked in two research labs and served as a teaching assistant in chemistry and engineering courses. “My favorite parts of classes were the labs where I actually got to apply what I learned,” he says. “Dartmouth is great in that you have all this access to research advisers, and even as an undergrad you can get a significant amount of time in a lab.”

Among other Dartmouth activities, Jung was organization chair and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics. He hopes to continue to be involved in Special Olympics in Poland.

“I hope to promote cross-cultural dialogue,” he says. “That seems especially important today. I’m passionate about research, but I also see this as a unique opportunity for cultural exchange.”

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