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U.S. Scholars

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to trwające od 4 do 9 miesięcy stypendia dla wykładowców akademickich zatrudnionych w amerykańskich instytucjach szkolnictwa wyższego na prowadzenie wykładów i/lub badań naukowych w polskich uczelniach i innych placówkach naukowych. Na rok akademicki 2017-2018 Polsko-Amerykańska Komisja Fulbrighta przyznała 11 stypendiów w tej kategorii.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydział Prawa i Administracji, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  31 marca 2018

Dziedzina: Prawo
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczne

Tytuł projektu: Taking the Next Step: Nurturing Ties with the University of Warsaw

Prof. Chad Austin photoBio: Chad Austin is a Professor of Law in the Department of Law at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.  Courses he has taught include National Security Law; International Law; International Humanitarian Law; War Crimes, Genocide & Human Rights; Negotiations; and Law for the Air Force Officer.  His scholarship has focused on International Humanitarian Law and teaching pedagogy and he has presented on a wide variety of topics throughout the world. He has served as the Co-Director for the Law of Armed Conflict Competition for Military Academies at the Sane Remo International Humanitarian Law Institute and is a member of the Committee for the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition. Professor Austin will serve as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Warsaw Faculty Law School during academic year 2017-2018 and teach War Crimes, Genocide and Human Rights. He also serves as a Judge Advocate General in the Air Force Reserve and holds the rank of Colonel. Military highlights include deploying to Iraq in 2008-2009 to work with the Iraqi judiciary in restoring judicial capacity and his subsequent recognition as the Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate of the year for 2008-2009.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Biologii i Nauk o Ziemi, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 5 kwietnia 2018
Data zakończenia stypendium:  4 lipca 2018

Dziedzina: Biologia
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Regulation of Granulosa Cell Functions by Androgen, Estrogen and Endocrine Disruptors and its Significance in Ovarian Physiology

Prof. Bandana Chatterjee photoBio: Bandana Chatterjee conducts biomedical research at the University of Texas Health San Antonio, Texas. She studies roles of the sex steroid hormones androgen and estrogen in prostate cancer and in prostate enlargement i.e. Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). Bandana is also active in didactic instruction, offering lectures to pre-doctoral students on topics related to gene regulation, hormone action, drug metabolism and their impacts on health and diseases. While on a Fulbright program, Bandana will conduct collaborative research with a senior faculty at the host institution, and teach a course to PhD students at Cracow. The research project is designed to investigate the impact of endocrine disruptors on granulosa cells of the ovary, which is the female reproductive organ and source of female germ cells (oocytes) available to unite with male germ cells (sperms) for zygote production. Endocrine disruptors are chemical contaminants that can profoundly alter hormone levels and activities in reproductive and other hormone-producing glands. Humans are exposed to a variety of endocrine disruptors in day-to-day living. Many endocrine disruptors exhibit hormone-like properties, raising concerns on their ubiquity in numerous consumer products and food items. For example, BPA (bisphenol-A) is present in most plastic products, since it is used in hard plastic bottles and the epoxy resin lining of food and beverage cans. Phthalate plasticizers are added to plastics to increase flexibility, transparency, durability. Plastic chemicals are among the most potentially damaging toxins for a fetus. BPA use in baby bottles is banned in Canada, EU countries and USA. Bandana will examine the effect of BPA, a phthalate, as well as a pesticide (methoxychlor) on ovarian granulosa cell functions. She will investigate the hypothesis that survival of granulosa cells and their programmed death are physiologically regulated in a biphasic manner by androgen and estrogen, and endocrine disruptors interfere with these normal ovarian sex steroid functions. Additionally, a lecture series on “Role of Nuclear Hormone Receptors in Biology and Medicine” is planned. After several introductory lectures by Bandana, students will make presentations on findings from published articles in the area of nuclear hormone receptors.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydział Biologii, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 15 września 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  14 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Biologia
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Collaboration on a Novel Research and Teaching Concepts in Biomedical Science

Prof. Jadwiga Giebultowicz photoBio: Jaga is a professor in the department of Integrative Biology within the College of Science, at the Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Her research interest is focused on the functional significance of biological (circadian) clocks for the organismal health and longevity. Because the molecular principles of human biological clocks are highly similar to those of model organisms, such as the fruit fly Drosophila, her group work on flies asking whether disruption of circadian clocks have detrimental consequences during aging.  Her past research significantly contributed to a paradigm shift in chronobiology from the long held view that a single clock in the brain governs all rhythmic functions to current realization that that circadian system also contains many peripheral clocks that coordinate tissue-specific molecular and physiological rhythms. Current projects explore the effects of light exposure on longevity in flies as well as links between age dependent changes in metabolic rhythms and the health of the nervous system. An affiliate of the OSU-based Center for Healthy Aging Research (CHAR) a platform for interactions with researchers focused on various aspects of aging in both model organisms and humans, she shares knowledge of biological clocks with other CHAR members. Her teaching includes a course “Rhythms of Life” offered to students in the Honors College at OSU. Recent collaborative projects with computational biologist Dr. David Hendrix resulted in the publication entitled “Circadian Deep Sequencing Reveals Stress-Response Genes That Adopt Robust Rhythmic Expression during Aging” in the journal Nature Communications attracted attention of media covering biomedical breakthroughs. Collaboration with Polish scientists will be focused on discovering neuroprotective functions of genes that become rhythmically expressed during the aging process.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Filozoficzny, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 stycznia 2018
Data zakończenia stypendium:  31 maja 2018

Dziedzina: Sociologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Gender Equity in STEM: A Cross-National Analysis with a Focus on Poland

Prof. Sandra Hanson photoBio: Sandra is Professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University.  Her research examines the gender structure of educational and occupational systems in a comparative context. Sandra’s research on gender, race/ethnicity and science has been funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. In a recent NSF funded exchange she worked with a geographer at Humboldt University in an effort to map women’s access to science cross-nationally.  In Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education (Temple University Press, 2009), Sandra examined the experiences of African American girls in the science education system. Her book Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences (Temple University Press, 1996) was a culmination of her research on the loss of talented young women in the science pipeline.  Sandra’s recent books on Latinos and the American Dream (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) and The American Dream in the 21st Century (Temple University Press, 2011), examine opportunity systems in the U.S. with a special focus on the American Dream for the most recent set of U.S. immigrants. She has received a number of Fulbright awards to study gender systems in Eastern Europe and cross-nationally.  Sandra testified before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science and Technology (Subcommittee on Research and Science Education) hearing on “Encouraging the Participation of Female Students in STEM Fields.”  She is a Sigma Xi distinguished lecturer.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Polonistyki, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Literatura
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Joseph Conrad and American Literature

Prof. Hunt Hawkins photoBio: Hunt teaches American, British, and Postcolonial literatures as well as poetry –writing in the English Department at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on Joseph Conrad (Josef Konrad Korzeniowski, the Polish writer who moved to England and produced many masterpieces of British literature). He has also published on British modernists, including James Joyce, W. B. Yeats and E. M. Forster; American writers, particularly Mark Twain; and Postcolonial authors such as Chinua Achebe and Aime Cesaire. His books include The Domestic Life (University of Pittsburgh Press), a volume of original poems, and Teaching Approaches to Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and “The Secret Sharer” (Modern Language Association). At Jagiellonian University he will teach and do research in their Joseph Conrad Research Centre, especially studying Conrad’s Polish background and its relevance to his literary works, his views on national identity, and his connections with American writers. In addition to teaching , poetry writing, and scholarly work, Hunt has served as department Chair, editor of Joseph Conrad Today, President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America, President of the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English, and President of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Wydział Anglistyki, Poznań

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 21 września 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  21 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Muzykologia
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: The Musical Legacy of Immigration

Prof. Pamela Howland photoBio:  Pamela is a concert pianist and independent scholar who spent many years in academia, most recently at Wake Forest University, teaching piano and music history.  Many years of teaching and her passion for promoting classical music have led her to develop a unique style of performance which allows her audiences to go away educated and entertained, feeling they have learned something about themselves as well as the music.   Her research interests center on the life and music of the great Polish pianist and composer, Frederic Chopin.  Her 2012 documentary, “REMEMBERING FREDERIC: The Genius of Chopin,” shot in Poland and France features the legendary actress, Rosemary Harris. In addition, Howland’s recording of Chopin’s “Farewell” Waltz has over 10 million listens on Spotify.  While in Poland, she will be studying Chopin’s mazurkas and how and why this genre maintained such an important presence throughout his career.  She will also be teaching the courses “The Musical Legacy of American Immigration (examining how both willing and forced European and African immigration influenced every American musical tradition from spirituals, folk, jazz, blues, country, to pop, rock, and hip-hop) and “The Musical Soundtrack of American Movies” (examining the evolution of the great American movie score through the lens of historical immigration).  Pamela continues to explore the correlation between classical music and jazz traditions in her upcoming project exploring Chopin’s mazurkas as a form of Slavic blues, and through her continuing musical collaboration with jazz pianist Stan Breckenridge in their performances of “A Musical Journey of America.” (2016-17 CD and concert tour). For more information please visit www.pamelahowland.com.

Instytucja goszcząca: Instytutu Badań Literackich, PAN, Ośrodek Badań Filologicznych i Edytorstwa Naukowego, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 września 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  31 maja 2018

Dziedzina: Teatrologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Re-Framing Polish Romantic Drama in Contemporary World Theater

Prof. Allen Kuharski photoBio: Allen teaches performance theory, theater history, comparative drama, and directing in the Department of Theater at Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia, where he is the Stephen Lang Professor of Performing Arts.  From 1999-2008, he served as co-founder and co-director of Swarthmore’s study-abroad program for theater and dance students in Poland.  He also regularly teaches in the MFA Program in Devised Theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 

His research interests include contemporary American and Polish theater, the dramatic work and performance history of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz, contemporary directing practice, and the history and theory of devised and physically-based theater.  He has worked professionally as a stage designer, director, translator, and performance curator.  Allen first traveled to Poland as a Fulbright student in 1981 to study scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts with the avant-garde director/designer Józef Szajna.  His translations of Gombrowicz and Ionesco have been widely performed in the United States, Great Britain, Poland, and other countries.  Allen’s articles, reviews, translations, and interviews have been published in edited volumes and journals in the United States, Poland, Great Britain, Canada, France, Norway, Argentina, Austria, and the Netherlands. He has served as an editor for Theatre Journal, Slavic and East European Performance, European Stages, and for Witold Gombrowicz: Collected Writings (Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków).  

Allen has enjoyed long-term professional collaborations with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lublin’s Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr, Polish choreographer Jacek Łumiński, and Polish director and playwright Michał Zadara.  His work with Provisorium/Kompania on the English-language version of their historic stage adaptation of Gombrowicz’s novel Ferdydurke received a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 2001.  His work with Pig Iron Theatre Company on their stage adaptation of Gombrowicz’s novel Possessed received an OBIE Award in 2005.  Allen has been the recipient of the Order of Merit in Polish Culture (2002) and the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Award (2006).  In 2015, together with Swarthmore musicologist Barbara Milewski, he curated a performance residency around Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka’s Chopin Without Piano in Philadelphia and Boston, with major funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Philadelphia), the William J. Cooper Foundation (Swarthmore), the Adam Mickiewicz Institute/CULTURE.PL (Warsaw), and ArtsEmerson (Boston).  He is currently working on the Gombrowicz Performance Database, which will supplement the official Gombrowicz website (www.gombrowicz.net).

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Instytut Geografii i Gospodarki Przestrzennej, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 16 grudnia 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium:  15 lipca 2018

Dziedzina: Geografia
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: The Geography of Graffiti: Applying Geospatial Technology to Explore Soccer-Related Graffiti in Krakow, Poland

Prof. Michael Leitner photoBio: Michael Leitner is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA.  He received his B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1990) degrees in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna, Austria and a second M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer cartography from the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

His main research interests are in geospatial visual analytics, geospatial privacy, and the research and application of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc & T) to public safety, public health, disaster management, and forensic analysis.  His research is highly interdisciplinary and overlaps primarily with forensic anthropology, sociology, criminology and criminal justice, statistics, public safety, disaster science, public health, and psychology.  Prof. Leitner is an Adjunct Professor in the LSU Department of Experimental Statistics and a member of the Internal Advisory Committee of the Crime and Policy Evaluation Research (CAPER) group in the LSU’s Department of Sociology.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and a Faculty Member in the Doctoral College “GI Science” (http://dk-giscience.zgis.net/), both at the University of Salzburg, Austria.  He was a guest professor at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2008 and at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria in 2009.  From 2008-14 he was editor of the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS) journal published by Taylor and Francis.  Prof. Leitner has published five books, seven co-edited journal volumes, and 50+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  He has received almost $5 million in grant money as (Co)-PI until now.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Opolska, Wydział Elektrotechniki, Automatyki i Informatyki, Opole

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 stycznia 2018
Data zakończenia stypendium:  31 sierpnia 2018

Dziedzina: Matematyka
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Bifurcations and Fractal Properties of Nonlinear Circuits with Mixed-Mode and Chaotic Responses: A Parallel Computation Approach

Prof. Wieslaw Marszalek photoBio: Wieslaw is a faculty member of Rutgers University, Department of Mathematics in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA. He was a former recipient of the Fulbright research award (a semester stay at the Warsaw University of Technology in 2005), and the Humboldt Foundation (Germany) research awards at the Ruhr-University in Bochum (1990-92), Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (1996) and Martin Luther University in Halle (2011), all in Germany. He holds PhD and Habilitation degrees in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) and a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. His research interests are in the areas of differential-algebraic equations (or DAEs) and their applications, bifurcations of nonlinear circuits, chaos and cryptography. He has an extensive teaching experience in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at US universities. He taught courses in DC/AC Circuits, Control Systems, Signal Processing, Modeling of Dynamical Systems, as well as Calculus, Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations. Wieslaw is an author or coauthor of 90+ published journal and conference papers, member of the IEEE and reviewer for international research journals and conferences. See http://wmarszalek.weebly.com for more details.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie, Wydział Gospodarki i Administracji Publicznej, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 lutego 2018
Data zakończenia stypendium:  30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Sociologia
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczne

Tytuł projektu: Lecture Series on the State of the United States

Prof. Brian Phillips photoBio: Brian will be teaching two courses at CUE. One course will be on Social Stratification in the United States, which consists of the U.S. class structure and associated social issues. The other course will be on the concept of the “American Dream,” and labeled as such. In “The American Dream” class, he will concentrate on American culture and will introduce students to important U.S. historical markers as well as past and present institutions responsible for U.S. self-identity. Also, he plans on holding a seminar on current economic and social issues for the faculty of the host university as well as hold a public lecture for the local Cracow community on similar topics related to the U.S. class structure.

Currently, he is a Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale MI, USA. He teaches Social Class Inequality, U.S. Social Problems, and Criminology. His research interests are in the area of Labor Management Relations and he has several coauthored publications in the field. His current coauthored paper is under review and is entitled “Torn in Contradictory Directions: Working Class Ambivalence and the Politics of Decline in a Case-Study Example.” Also, he and two other colleagues at GVSU are currently in a collaborative survey project with three Professors CUE. The purpose of this project/survey is to learn about students’ experiences as Sociology majors in Poland and the United States, and to explore whether the factors involved in career decision making vary cross-culturally. In this project, they will be surveying students about their selection of Sociology as a major, skill development in their program of study, career planning, expectations and ideas of success, and involvement in extracurricular activities. This study mirrors the American Sociological Associations National Survey of Seniors Majoring in Sociology.

Fulbright Distinguished Professor and Chair of Medical Sciences

Instytucja goszcząca:
Instytut Medycyny Doświadczalnej i Klinicznej im. Mirosława Mossakowskiego PAN, Pracownia Bioinżynierii Komórek Macierzystych, Warszawa
Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny, Wydział Farmaceutyczny z Oddziałem Medycyny Laboratoryjnej, Gdańsk

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 lutego 2018
Data zakończenia stypendium:  31 lipca 2018

Dziedzina: Medycyna
Cel: stypendium dydaktyczno-badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Unravelling and Combating Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD). Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) and Cerebral Organoids

Prof. Michal Stachowiak photoBio: Michal is a Professor of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, Neuroscience, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, and Director of  Molecular & Structural Neurobiology & GeneTherapy Program at the State University of New York, SUNY in Buffalo.  Michal teaches and mentors in neurosciences, genomics, developmental and cell biology.     

Michal’s studies led to a discovery of a new gene regulating mechanism “Integrative Nuclear FGFR1 Signaling (INFS) pathway” and a new theory (“Feed-Forward-and-Gate Signaling”) that explains how genes are regulated during development, including the development of neural stem cells. This theory has been applied to analyze the etiology of neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson disease, Huntington Disease) and to develop new potential therapies. Towards these goals the lab developed new transgenic mouse model of human schizophrenia-like disorder and transgene rat model of Parkinson Disease and new mouse and rat gene-dependent models of Huntington disease. The lab applies biophotonics to analyses of protein mobility and interactions [Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching (FRAP), Fluorescence Loss in Photobleaching (FLIP), and Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)] during gene regulations. Collaborative work (including Dr. Paras Prasad, Department of Chemistry) has established the feasibility of using a new type of nanoparticle for effective gene delivery the brain in vivo. This nanomedicinal approach offers a promising future direction for effective therapeutic manipulation of neural stem/progenitor cells as well as in vivo targeted brain gene therapy.

In the recent 10  years, Michal in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Ewa K. Stachowiak, (SUNY, Buffalo) have establised and devloped cultures Embryonic Stem Cells, induced Pluripotent  Stem Cells from control and  schizophrenia patients to elucidate global genomic mechanisms of organism development and neurodevelopmental disorders.  Using advanced global geneomic analyses (RNAseq, ChiPseq, Chromatin Conformational Capture) and bioinformatics they have developed a new Theory of Ontology and new integrated watershed theory of schizophrenia. These theories and therapies targeting global genomic mechanisms are tested in collaboration with Polish Academy of Sciences (Professor Leonora Buzanska) using unique 3-dmiensional cultures of stem cells, “cerebral organoids” that correspond to early develompental stages of the human brain.  

In collaboration with Dr. Josep M. Jornett (SUNY, Department of Electrical Engineering) novel nano-photonic devices are being developed and tested for laser-based control and monitoring genome function, stem cell developmnet, and development of neuronal ciruicts.

U.S. Students

Fulbright U.S. Student Program to trwające 9 lub 10 miesięcy stypendia przeznaczone na prowadzenie badań naukowych lub studia dyplomowe w polskich uczelniach i instytucjach badawczych. Na rok akademicki 2017-2018 Polsko-Amerykańska Komisja Fulbrighta przyznała 14 stypendiów w tej kategorii.

Instytucja goszcząca: Archiwum Narodowe oraz Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Muzeologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Beyond the Banks of the Vistula: Scientific Preservation of Paper-Based Cultural Heritage

Ivey Barker photoBio:  Ivey recently earned her MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from the University of Rochester, in collaboration with the George Eastman Museum. Her thesis research focused on the development of an instructional workshop curriculum on how to recovery aqueous inkjet prints after a water emergency. Much of the information found in the workshop is the result of scientific investigation she conducted at the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology; where she assisted in developing online preservation and disaster response tools for The Digital Print Preservation Portal.

Ivey is humbled by the opportunity to conduct research at three cultural institutions in Krakow. While in Poland, Ivey will conserve hand-written manuscripts, on paper and vellum, at the National Archives. Additionally, she will identify at-risk heritage items caused by inadequate storage conditions and flooding at the Museum of Photographic History. In collaboration with the Laboratory of Analysis and Non-Destructive Investigation of Heritage Objects at the National Museum, she will utilize advanced scientific techniques to analyze and assess the deterioration of these objects with the goal of nominating the most culturally significant objects to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registry.

Outside of her project, Ivey plans to participate in fashion and jewelry design courses at the Krakow School of Art and Fashion Design as a way of incorporating Polish design aestetics into her existing costuming background (AFA Techical Theatre.) She also holds degrees in Art History/Museum Studies (BA) and International Studies (BA) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As part of her undergraduate studies, she trained at various paper conservation labs, museums, and studied cultural integration and reform abroad in Sweden.

A selection of her most recent collaborations, publications, and achievements include: New Professional Scholarship (Society of Ohio Archivists, 2017); Aqueous Inkjet Prints: Excess Water Removal Chart (Poster Presentation, 2017); Water Emergency Response for Aqueous Inkjet Prints (Workshop Curriculum, University of Rochester, 2016); Safety of Freezing Inkjet Prints for Long Term Storage (Paper Presentation, 2016); and a Mid-South Regional Emmy for the music video, Bad Romance, Women’s Suffrage (Soomo Publishing, 2013.)

Instytucja goszcząca: Instytut Immunologii i Terapii Doświadczalnej im. Ludwika Hirszfelda Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Samodzielne Laboratorium Bakteriofagowe, Wrocław

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Biologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Bacteriophage Therapy for Antibiotic Resistant Infections at the IITD in Poland

Bio: Kathryn recently graduated from the University of Alabama receiving a BS and a Master’s degree, both in Biology. Her research interests focus on investigation into alternative treatments to antibiotic resistant bacterial infections; principally bacteriophage therapy, or the clinical and therapeutic use of bacterial viruses to combat bacterial infections. In Wroclaw, she will be working at the Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy helping expand their repository of bacteriophages for use in clinical phage therapy. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn about bacteriophage therapy from leaders in the field and looks forward to embracing Polish culture. After the Fulbright Kathryn plans pursue a career as a physician and medical researcher.

Instytucja goszcząca:
Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie, Wydział Instrumentalny, Kraków
Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Zakład Muzykologii, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Muzykologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Performance Practice in Sacred Organ Music from the Jan of Lublin Tablature (1537-48)

Marya Fancey photoBio: Marya Fancey is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance with certificates in Historical Keyboard Performance and Music Theory Pedagogy at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her project focuses on organ versets for the ordinary of the Catholic mass from the Jan of Lublin Tablature—the largest collection of European organ music from the first half of the sixteenth century. Marya seeks to understand how primary source documents and contextual studies can inform performances of these organ versets from the Lublin collection.

Active conservation of music—transmitting music through study and performance—reveals trends in music history and encourages cross-cultural exchanges. By investigating the relationships among the organ mass versets, liturgical practice, and the organ as a historical instrument, Marya will formulate principles to guide performances. She will study historical performance practice and organology with Dr. Marcin Szelest at the Academy of Music in Kraków. Dr. Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba at the Institute of Art at the Polish Academy of Sciences will direct Marya in the pertinent musicology and music theory aspects. The project will culminate with free public concerts in the Church of the Holy Cross in Kraków. In partnership with a Polish choir, Marya will perform three complete sets of versets from the Lublin Tablature. Marya is grateful to work with both institutions on a project that fosters collaboration with Polish scholars and musicians.

Her recent performances in the Poland and U.S. include the Podlaskie Organ Festival in Białystok (2016), the 18th International Festival of Organ Music at Pelplin Cathedral, and her degree recital “At the Intersection of Sacred and Secular” in Greensboro NC. As a side benefit of her residency, Marya hopes to indulge her interest in carillon playing by visiting with carilloneurs in Poland.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Warszawska, Wydział Mechaniczny Energetyki i Lotnictwa, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 28 sierpnia 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 27 maja 2018

Dziedzina: Inżynieria
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Aerodynamic Analysis and Design of High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft

Evan Gaj photoBio: Evan Gaj is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Evan is an engineer, pilot, and researcher committed to fostering international cultural exchange. He will be stationed at Politechnika Warszawska, under the guidance of Dr. Elżbieta Jarzębowska. He hopes this project will lead to a better understanding of aerodynamic design and prepare him for a career in the aerospace field.  He is grateful for the opportunity to further the understanding of the aerospace field and to collaborate with practiced researchers. Evan grew up in Andover, Massachusetts.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Częstochowska, Wydział Infrastruktury i Środowiska, Częstochowa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Ochrona Środowiska
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: An Environmental Assessment of Organic Pollutants from Coal Use in Polish Agriculture

Dylan Hutchinson photoBio: Dylan is a recent alum from the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating magna cum laude in Neurobiology with minors and intellectual emphasis in chemistry and biochemistry. His research interests and experience has ranged from the neural correlates to emotion in the rhesus macaque and the chemosensory pathways of spiders, to engineering of functional and adaptable split-proteins in-cellulo, to risk assessments of arsenic bioavailability in U.S.-designated superfund mining sites in Arizona. His interests in the life sciences, earth and environmental sciences and physical sciences intersect in the development of living detectors of chemical environmental contaminants for risk assessment of human public health. He has also served as an instructor of general chemistry laboratory courses at the University of Arizona, as well as designed and taught a pre-medical preparatory course with potential to soon be added to the university registrar. His undergraduate thesis, “Toxicity of Arsenic in Iron King Mine PM10 Tailings is Mitigated by Synthetic Alveolar Fluid” is currently under review in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. This work used a synthetic biological model to assess the risk of airborne arsenic to human inhalation from a mine site in central Arizona, finding that the airborne arsenic toxicity is likely much lower than concentrations of the toxicant would otherwise indicate. Dylan is also an avid artist, writer and poet, having his visual art works hosted by Saguaro National Park and the University of Arizona on multiple occasions, is currently working on publishing a collection of poems through peer-reviewed journals, and writing a blog website to document his travels intra- and internationally.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Gdański, Wydział Chemii, Gdańsk

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Studia Interdyscyplinarne
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Sustainable Agriculture and International Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region

Alexander Kearney photoBio: Alex is a freshly minted graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Europe.

After studying the German language and living, studying, and working in Germany,  Alex’s curiosity and desire to experience other cultures have shifted his attention to Poland. Out of a desire to unite his disparate interests, indulge his fascination with Poland, and contribute to efforts to preserve the natural environment, he landed on the idea for his Fulbright project. Alex has worked in an herbicide formulation lab at BASF, which led to his current interest in the environmental impact of the practice of modern intensive agriculture. His initial experience with research was with the Carbonell-Menegatti Group at NC State, where he synthesized tailored peptides designed to be stimuli-responsive for use in selectively binding and releasing proteins.  Alex’s academic interests range in topic from biomanufacturing and drug delivery to Polish and German language to the relationship between supranational organizations and national sovereignty. He is easily inspired, and is excited to embrace the host of new ideas and experiences he will encounter while the guest of the University of Gdańsk during the coming academic year.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Obserwatorium Astronomiczne, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Astronomia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Infrared Features of Young Radio Galaxies

Emily Kosmaczewski photoBio: Emily recently graduated with an M.S. in Astronomy with a B.S. in Applied Physics and Aerospace Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has always sought to understand that which is too large and distant for our minds to grasp. This is what brought her to the study of physics and astronomy. In her research she has focused on the study of galactic substructure and the chemistry of dust clouds.

In her free time, Emily writes and directs short films, dances ballroom, and acts in community theatre. Emily believes it is important to have a balanced life and the arts play a large role in that. Her participation in the arts give a reprieve from the science of her daily life and provides an opportunity to interact with individuals outside of her field. This has helped her to develop friendships with people from many diverse backgrounds. Having such a colorful array of experiences to draw from also aids Emily in her work with students in the area.

Outside of her studies, Emily is passionate about her outreach work for science literacy. At the Museum of Innovation and Science she teaches science curriculum to students in the capital region of New York. She has worked with students from second grade through high school to educate them about topics ranging from fitness to astronomy. It can be difficult at times to connect with students with many different backgrounds, but having many hobbies and interests outside of her work has given her the ability to connect with students. She hopes her newest journey to perform research in Crakow will also give her experiences to draw on to help future students she may teach.

Emily will be participating in research with the Department of Astronomy at the Jagiellonian University. There she will be studying radio galaxies. Radio galaxies are amazingly bright objects that have two long jets of ionized matter emerging from either side of their centers. These large jets are luminous in the radio frequency and remain a bit of a puzzle for astronomers. Emily hopes to shed some light on the origins of these perplexing objects with the aid of the researchers at the University.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Biologii i Nauk o Ziemi, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Biologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Inquiry into the mechanisms of yeast antimicrobial resistance

Donna McCullough photoBio: Donna, who commonly goes by Katie, is a recent graduate of the University of North Georgia. During her Baccalaureate degree work, she was hired as a microbiology laboratory assistant and quickly became enamored with scientific research.  After spending two years as an ecological researcher, Katie developed an interest in microbiology and pursued research in that area. She began studying quorum sensing inhibition in relation to biofilms and presented her findings as a poster at the 2017 ASM meeting. After graduation, Katie was awarded a Department of Energy scholarship that allowed her to work on protein and antibody isolation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for a semester.  While at Jagiellonian University, Katie will investigate possible connections between different antimicrobial resistant behaviors in yeast. After completing her research in Poland, Katie plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in pursuit of a Doctoral Degree in Microbiology.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Polonistyki, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Translatoryka
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Literary Translation of Marta Zelwan’s Śnienie

Victoria Miluch photoBio: Victoria Miluch is a fiction writer and translator. She has an MFA in creative writing, as well as an MA in literature, from Indiana University, and a BA in literature from Arizona State University. Her fiction has appeared in such publications as Passages North, the Southeast Review, The Adroit Journal and others, and she has translations forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly. She has served as the Fiction Editor of the Indiana Review, and presented at the 2016 ALTA conference on genre-bending Polish prose. In addition to translating works by the contemporary writer Marta Zelwan, she hopes to immerse herself in Kraków’s literary culture to build relationships with other Polish writers and start new translation projects.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydział Chemii, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Chemia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Synthesis of an unknown analog of 1a-hydroxyvitamin D3 (1a-OH-D3)

Philip Papaioannou photoBio: Philip worked in Dr. Joseph Reczek’s laboratory at Denison University in the synthesis of core fluorinated naphthalene diimides for use in solar cell production. Aside from research, he was a captain of the varsity baseball team and majored in mathematics.

His research interests with Dr. Rafał Sicziński at the University of Warsaw include experimentation with an analog of Vitamin D for use in clinical trials centered on cancer treatment. The aim of the research is to determine specific structural modifications affecting biological activity and binding to tissue-specific Vitamin D receptors of targeted cancer cells for use in future anti-cancer drugs. Specific modifications for the research include processing the modified ‘A’ ring as well as the upper portion of the molecule that includes the ‘C/D’ rings and side chain.

With eyes set on medical school, he is fascinated in the process of drug synthesis and testing, where he will be able to visit the clinical laboratories at Palacky University and the Institute of Experimental Botany in the Czech Republic. Philip is also interested in the healthcare system in Warsaw, where he will be volunteering at a local hospital.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Warszawska, Wydział Chemiczny, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 września 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 31 maja 2018

Dziedzina: Chemia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Controlled activation of dioxygen by main-group metal alkyls
Jiwon Park photoBio: Jiwon graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2017. During her time at MIT, she engaged in a diverse range of work at the interface of science, technology, health, education, and sustainable development.  For her undergraduate thesis, she worked on the design of polymer metal-organic cages using a stepwise self-assembly strategy and the synthesis of crosslinkers and macromonomers for a brush-arm star polymer drug delivery platform at the Johnson Research Group at the MIT Department of Chemistry. In addition to working in the Johnson Group, Jiwon has conducted research at Stanford Medical School, MIT Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, LV Prasad Eye Institute in India, and the National Cancer Institute, co-authoring papers in Science, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of American Chemical Society, and PLoS-One. Outside of research, she is the co-founder of CodePhil, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts, that aims to improve digital literacy education in rural Philippines. In India, she co-designed a low-cost, portable eye disease diagnostic device for a large Indian eye hospital network. Her interest in international development led to an internship at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where she worked on climate and waste management policies for developing countries. She has spoken at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City on science, technology, and youth. For her academic and international work, Jiwon was awarded the MIT Department of Chemistry Research Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry research, Unite for Sight Student Leader in Global Health, MIT Science and Technology Initiative Excellence Award, UN Call for Innovations winner, MIT IDEAS Global Challenge grant, and the US Department of State Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship. Jiwon is also an avid pianist and has performed at Carnegie Hall and played concertos with various orchestras.

Instytucja goszcząca:
Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Zakład Muzykologii, Warszawa
Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego, Katedra Kompozycji, Dyrygentury i Teorii Muzyki, Katowice

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Muzykologia
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Polish Politics, and the Polish Avant-Garde

Sam Rubin photoBio: Sam Rubin is a recent B.A. Summa Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College, where he studied music and politics. His research interests center around the relationship between composer and government, citizen and state, and artist and the market. Through Fulbright, Sam seeks to better understand contemporary political unrest in Poland, Europe, and his home the US through the lens of musical composition. His research, to be completed at the Institute of Art and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice,) will focus predominantly on the work and political activities of the luminary Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, with further complementary study of the mid to late 20th century Polish musical Avant-Garde at large. While in Poland, Sam will complete ethnographic interviews with colleagues and students of Górecki, with the goal of expanding the written-body of English language scholarship on the composer’s contentious departure as rector of the Szymanowski Academy in 1979. Sam is particularly interested in the ideology and doings of the Katowice branch of the Catholic Intellectuals Club, which Górecki formed shortly after leaving the school. A classically-trained violist and amateur mandolinist, Sam hopes to deeply engage with Poles through music during his stay.  

Instytucja goszcząca: Instutut Botaniki im. W. Szafera Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Zakład Briologii, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 września 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 31 maja 2018

Dziedzina: Botanika
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Conservation Via Understanding:The Ecology and Diversity of Epixylic Bryophytes in Poland

Karolina Sanchewska photoBio: Karolina is an avid enthusiast of the natural world and outdoor recreation. Her scientific interests revolve around the ecology and restoration of endangered plant species. To this end she has worked at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in South Florida, studied the germination rates of endangered Florida ferns, participated in a field study measuring pitcher plant populations on North America’s East Coast, and most recently has graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation with a specialization in Botany. During her time in Poland, Karolina will be studying epixylic mosses, or mosses that live on dead wood. Besides conducting extensive field work around the country to create a comprehensive list of species that can still be found, as well as their ecological preferences, Karolina will be photographing the mosses to help spread awareness and knowledge of the often overlooked organisms whose habitats are threatened by forestry practices. Karolina will be joined by her husband, Gabriel. They are looking forward to exploring Poland’s wilderness and rich culture together.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Poznań

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Dziedzina: Historia Sztuki i Architektury
Cel: stypendium badawcze

Tytuł projektu: Art under Authoritarianism: Fortunata Obrapalska’s Experimental Photography

Alexandra Whittaker photoBio: Alexandra is a recent graduate of Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in art history with a focus on the history of photography. Her honors senior thesis, “A View from Behind the Iron Curtain: Josef Sudek’s Photographic Exchanges with the United States,” analyzed Czech Photographer Josef Sudek’s little-studied, but highly significant relationships with American photographers, curators, and critics. Her forthcoming article for the UC Undergraduate Journal of Slavic & East/Central European Studies, “Dreamer or Strategist? Reconsidering Czech Photographer Josef Sudek” challenges the rich mythology surrounding Sudek’s life and personality. Alexandra’s current research into Central and East-Central European photographic history considers the political status of fine art and documentary photographers in postwar Poland and examines their complex relationships with the Communist regime.

While a student at City College, Alexandra spent a semester and summer abroad at Charles University in Prague, funded by the Connor Study Abroad Fellowship. With the support of the City College Fellowship, she has conducted research on the photographic collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She also undertook an intensive summer Polish language course at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and she plans to continue studying Polish while in Poznań. In addition to Polish and Czech, Alexandra also speaks Russian.

As an undergraduate Alexandra interned at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Frick Collection in New York City, as well as at the National Gallery in Prague. Her goal is to become a museum curator, and she hopes to foster artistic exchanges between the United States and Poland in her future career. While her professional focus is on research and curating, in her free time Alexandra enjoys photographing the urban landscape of New York City. A collection of her photographs of New York City coffee shops has been published in Robert Schneider’s Coffee Culture: Hot Coffee + Cool Spaces (2016).

English Teaching Assistants

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program to to trwające 9 miesięcy stypendia przeznaczone dla absolwentów amerykańskich uczelni ostatnich lat, zarówno na poziomie licencjata, jak i magistra, na asystowanie i/lub samodzielne prowadzenie zajęć z języka angielskiego na polskich uczelniach. Na rok akademicki 2017-2018 Polsko-Amerykańska Komisja Fulbrighta przyznała 18 stypendiów w tej kategorii.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet w Białymstoku, Wydział Biologiczno-Chemiczny, Białystok

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Brown University
Kierunek studiów: Publiczna Opieka Medyczna
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego


Cindy Abarca photoBio: Cindy recently graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Brown University as the part of the 5-year AB/MPH dual degree program at Brown University. Her master thesis was an econometric analysis of the impact of Colombia’s Subsidized Health Insurance on preventative care utilization using instrumental variables. While completing her master’s degree, Cindy worked on a project at the Rhode Island Hospital Nephrology Division where she analyzed hemodialysis patient satisfaction with end-stage renal disease education. With the help and collaboration of mentors and colleagues, her findings were accepted and presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in San Antonio, Texas.

Cindy also graduated magna cum laude and with Honors from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. Her undergraduate honor thesis was a multivariable logistic regression examining the association between metropolitan status and HPV vaccination among US women and men between the ages of 18-26 using the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.

During her years at Brown University, Cindy took a range of courses from public health to engineering. She was head teaching assistant for four years for the course ENGN12: Crossing the Space/Consumer Chasm Through Engineering Design and the graduate teaching assistant for PHP2350: Economics of Medical Therapies for two years. Cindy lectured students on how to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis and sensitivity analysis for different pharmaceutical drugs using TreeAge software. During her fall senior year, Cindy studied abroad in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark where her interest in international healthcare systems emerged. While in Denmark, she worked on a research project examining the secular trends of tuberculosis in European countries with low, moderate and high risk. She also volunteered at a non-profit organization called Global Connection, where she provided consulting services and developed business action plans for the organization.

Her areas of interest include pharmacoepidemiology, health economics, healthcare law, global health systems and preventative care.

Instytucja goszcząca:
Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Instytut Dziennikarstwa i Komunikacji Społecznej, Wrocław
Wyższa Szkoła Filologiczna, Wydział Neofilologii, Wrocław

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Notre Dame
Kierunek studiów: Biologia
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Gdańska, Wydział Mechaniczny oraz Wydział Elektroniki i Automatyki, Gdańsk

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Notre Dame
Kierunek studiów: Finanse, Matematyka Stosowana
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego


David Arney PhotoBio: Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, David graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and a second major in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. He won the Hamilton Award in Finance for academic excellence and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

David was chosen to participate in the Applied Investment Management program in which a select group of students invested $10 million of the University’s endowment. He has gained professional experience in the financial services industry by interning at Waud Capital Partners as a private equity analyst in Chicago, Northwestern Mutual Capital as a private debt and equity analyst in Milwaukee, and Robert W. Baird as an investment banking analyst in Tampa.

David spent his sophomore summer volunteering at a homeless shelter in Cleveland where he was able to provide meals and clothing, teach English courses, and host social events for the less fortunate. He became involved in teaching by tutoring first-year students in mathematics and finance courses. After studying in Greece during the summer of 2016 to learn about art and architecture in the classical world, he became very interested in learning from various cultures. He is extremely excited to be a cultural ambassador and learn from the different teaching methods in Poland.

After the ETA, David plans to enter the financial services industry and eventually earn a PhD to become a professor. In his free time, David enjoys playing tennis, watching sports, travelling, and reading philosophy.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, Centrum Nauczania J. Obcych, Łódź

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Arizona State University
Kierunek studiów: Biochemia
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego


Molly Benkaim photoBio: In 2016 Molly Benkaim graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and was named a Moeur Scholar (ASU’s equivalent of a Valedictorian Award). In 2017, she received a Master of Science in Medicinal Biochemistry. During both her undergraduate and graduate career she conducted research characterizing the human membrane protein, TRPM8. Additionally, Molly has taught introductory biology at ASU as a Supplemental Instructor for three and a half years. She hopes to apply what she has learned teaching at ASU to her courses in Poland.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Szczeciński, Instytut Anglistyki, Szczecin

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Emory and Henry College
Kierunek studiów: Literatura i Edukacja
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Laken Brooks photoBio: Laken graduated from Emory & Henry College with a major in Literature, a minor in Gender and Text, and a state teaching certificate in secondary English. While she is from a rural Appalachian region, she is interested in travel and forging global citizenship, and she has taught English in India and Brazil. Her primary academic interests include New Historicism and Cultural Analysis, studying the literary voices of gender and sexual minorities. Laken is interested in Shakespearean texts and the Early Modern period, as well as the performance of social norms and expectations.

Ultimately, Laken plans on receiving a Ph.D. in Literature and teaching college students. While in Poland, Laken hopes to study the experience of exile and loneliness and how these cultural traumas influence writers such as the Three Bards.

Instytucja goszcząca: Ośrodek Doskonalenia Nauczycieli w Kaliszu, Pracownia Kształcenia Ustawicznego oraz Wsparcia Procesowego Szkół, Kalisz

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Christendom College
Kierunek studiów: Filologia Angielska i Literatura
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Wydział Anglistyki, Poznań

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Kierunek studiów: Filologia Angielska

Dziennikarstwo
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Hannah Gill photoBio: Hannah Gill recently graduated with a M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), including a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. Driven by research interests in linguistics and writing center studies, Gill presented at local, state, and national conferences including “A Writing Center at the Medical Center: Reflecting on Inclusivity in New Fields” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. After her first year as a Teaching Assistant for the English Department she was appointed Senior Consultant at the Writing Center, in addition to her role as an instructor of record in the First Year Writing Program. As part of her final semester at UNO, Gill was selected to participate in the National Writing Project’s local intensive summer institute, the Oxbow Writing Project.

During Gill’s undergraduate in journalism at UNO she interned at the American Exchange Center affiliated with the University of Nebraska at Xi’an Jiaotong University, where she was able to combine her love of teaching English and sharing American culture with interested students abroad. Gill enjoyed organizing presentations or activities to introduce important regional history and diversity throughout her undergraduate and study abroad experience, whether it was leading a group of students through an Oregon Trail adventure, helping upwards of 60 “chefs” cook beignets, or presenting on regional variety to Norwegian students. Upon returning to the United States, Gill regularly acted as a mentor to Goodrich Scholarship students interested in studying abroad, worked as a peer advisor and peer marketing advisor in the Study Abroad Office at UNO, and volunteered in the Global Diplomat and Buddy programs to assist international students.

Instytucja goszcząca: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Informatyki i Przedsiębiorczości w Łomży, Instytut Informatyki oraz Instytut Technologii Żywności i Gastronomii, Łomża

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Providence College
Kierunek studiów: Biochemia, Biznes

Studia Ekonomiczne
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Michael Gilmor photoBio: Michael recently graduated summa cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a certificate in Business Studies. He was also a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-health professionals honor society.

As a science major, Michael spent each semester conducting a variety of experiments in laboratory settings, but the most interesting project for him was the Biochemistry research he conducted in senior year. This project focused on mutating a protein, Haemophilus influenzae carbonic anhydrase, as a means to more efficiently isolate it and study its workings. This protein is important for the survival of bacteria that cause infections of the respiratory system. Therefore, by creating an efficient method of isolation, the protein can be more easily investigated as a potential drug target for these infections. Michael also spent one summer as a Regulatory Strategist Intern at Pfizer, Inc., an international pharmaceutical company. He performed projects that supported Regulatory Strategists and the Pediatric Center of Excellence, which allowed him to combine his interests in science and business.

Michael has always enjoyed teaching and working with others. This interest began in high school when he served as a tutor in an after-school homework help program. At Providence, he worked as a Laboratory Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, and assumed an executive role on the school’s event-planning board, the Board of Programmers. In addition, Michael has performed a variety of community service projects with Habitat for Humanity. He has worked with Habitat in Harrisburg, New Orleans, Mobile, and Westchester. These projects have allowed him to engage with communities that have been devastated by poverty and natural disasters.

Instytucja goszcząca: Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna, Wydział Nowych Technologii i Chemii, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kierunek studiów: Inżynieria
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Carol Grzych photoBio: Carol Grzych, of Glenview, Illinois, will be working as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) for nine months in Poland. This will be her second English Teaching Assistantship, as she spent the 2016/2017 academic year at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland teaching English in the Mechanical and Technology department. This coming academic year, she will be placed at a Military University of Technology in Warsaw and will also be an ETA mentor for new ETAs. She will be teaching specialized English to university students in scientific and advanced technological fields. Carol graduated with her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016 as a Chancellors Scholar from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carol received a full tuition award to attend Illinois as a Stamps Scholar and was accepted as a member of the campus Hoeft Technology & Management Program, which brings top students from engineering and business fields together for cross-disciplinary learning. During her time on campus, Carol was active as a student business consultant and manager for Illinois Business Consulting. After honing her intercultural communication skills over the course of her second Fulbright year, Carol will pursue a Master’s program in innovation and entrepreneurship, after which she hopes to begin a career in international management. In her free time, Carol enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and dancing.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Koszalińska, Wydział Humanistyczny oraz Wydział Mechaniczny, Koszalin

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Johns Hopkins University
Kierunek studiów: Matematyka
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Sam Hasty photoBio: Sam currently teaches middle school mathematics in New York City at a high-performing charter school called Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School.
Prior to teaching at Achievement First, Sam spent three years teaching elementary science and middle school mathematics in Memphis as a Teach For America Corps Member. While in Memphis, Sam collaborated with a fellow TFA corps member to create Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE), a non-profit that trains low-income minority students to start ventures so they have the skills to create businesses and long-term wealth in their communities. LITE provides its alumni with internship placements during college and seed investment of up to $50,000 to start businesses full-time upon graduation from college. Sam is passionate about developing creativity and adaptability in today’s low-income students to ensure they have the skills to compete in a 21st century workforce and build wealth in their communities in the future.  

In Poland, Sam plans to research entrepreneurship development programs in Universities throughout Poland in addition to fulfilling his responsibilities as an ETA. He also plans to volunteer for the NGO Monar.
Sam was selected as one of 20 national finalists for Teach For America’s Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 and was a national nominee for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice through TNTP. Sam is currently pursuing his M.S. in Education with a focus on Secondary Mathematics at Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Education. Sam is a graduate of Rutgers University where he was a varsity letter winner on the baseball team and a multi-year Academic All-Big-East Scholar Athlete. Sam holds a B. A.  in political science and economics.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach, Wydział Lekarski, Katowice

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Washington in Seattle
Kierunek studiów: Biologia
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, Centrum Języków Obcych oraz Instytut Filologii Angielskiej, Rzeszów

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Franklin and Marshall College
Kierunek studiów: Neurobiologia
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Briana Krewson photoBio: Briana is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), located in Lancaster, PA, where she majored in neuroscience. In her undergraduate career, Briana spent a majority of her non-academic time researching, tutoring, and gardening. Her research on Mennonite genetic mutations has been published in The American Journal of Human Genetics (see “Mutations in CRADD Result in Reduced Caspase-2-Mediated Neuronal Apoptosis and Cause Megalencephaly with a Rare Lissencephaly Variant”) in collaboration with Columbia University and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Briana also dedicated time tutoring peers in writing at the F&M Writing Center and in science at the F&M Qualitative & Science Center. In her senior year, she was promoted to Head Tutor of the F&M Writing Center. Outside of science, Briana has a passion for environmentalism; she enhanced F&M’s organic student garden and developed a pre-orientation program invovling students in Lancaster’s sustainable agriculture. Briana used her Marshall scholarship award from the college to experience organic agriculture hands-on in Ireland with the organization WWOOF. She worked to incorporate her environmental and scientific passions through earning a cerfication in Wilderness First Responder medicine. With a passion for community service, Briana was honored with an all-college award upon graduation, the Muhlenberg Goodwill Award. In her free time, Briana can be found running, dancing, cooking, hiking, or reading. She hopes to pursue a medical degree in the future, and/or a degree in public health. In any circumstance, her future will revolve around her passion for teaching.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Opolski, Wydział Przyrodniczo-Techniczny oraz Wydział Nauk Społecznych, Opole

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: University of Arizona
Kierunek studiów: Biologia
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Natasha Ng photoBio: Originally from Scottsdale, AZ, Natasha Ng recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Biochemistry.  While at the University of Arizona, Natasha conducted clinical sleep research and was part of the founding board of the Molecular and Cellular Biology club. She also served as a teaching assistant for several introductory science courses, which is where she discovered a passion for teaching and STEM outreach.  Outside of the classroom, Natasha continued to be actively involved with the dance community by volunteering at the Alice Cooper Solid Rock Teen Center, where she helped at-risk youth gain exposure to the arts by teaching free dance classes. Natasha is enthusiastic to serve as an ETA in Poland and hopes to use dance to connect with the Polish community. When Natasha is not studying or dancing, you can find her at the gym or cooking a healthy meal for herself. After completion of her Fulbright grant, Natasha plans on returning to the US to pursue a career in dermatology and to also dance for the NBA while in medical school.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Poznańska, Centrum Języków i Komunikacji, Poznań

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Loyola Marymount University
Kierunek studiów: Inżynieria
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Olivie Schimmels photoBio: Olivia Schimmels is from Spokane, Washington and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California. At LMU, Olivia was an involved member of the science and engineering community; she served as Treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers, Director of Peer Professional Development for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Teaching Assistant for the Mechanical Engineering Department. During the fall of her sophomore year she studied abroad with a small group of academic peers in Bonn, Germany and returned to LMU to become the Resident Advisor of the Program for an Engineering Education Community (PEEC), through which she mentored first-year students in their academic, social, and professional pursuits. She also spent two years on LMU’s SAE Aero Design West Advanced Class Aircraft Team.

Olivia’s passion for project management, aerospace, and communication has translated from her academic to professional career. She has worked at a commercial construction company, aerospace manufacturing company, and as a media and marketing relations specialist. After Fulbright, Olivia plans to return to the aerospace industry and later earn an MBA.

Outside of her academic and professional interests, Olivia enjoys biking, traveling, film photography, and learning about commercial aircraft.

Instytucja goszcząca: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Wydział Filologii Polskiej i Klasycznej, Poznań

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Williams College
Kierunek studiów: Antropologia, Przywództwo
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Deanna Segall photoBio: Deanna is a graduate of Williams College where she received a B.A. in anthropology and completed a concentration in leadership studies. While anthropology provided an opportunity to pursue her interest in intercultural relations, leadership studies combined her interests in political science and history to analyze the characteristics of strong leadership. On campus, Deanna served as an orientation leader to incoming students and worked on an initiative which sought to ease student transition to sophomore year. She continued her study of classical piano and was a member of the Williams rowing team. Deanna was inspired by her teammates to intern with Linxx, a startup based at Harvard University that seeks to foster strength and community among young women in Boston. Following a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, Deanna served as a
teaching assistant for a political theory course and received the Williams College Charles Hufford Book Prize for outstanding teaching assistantship. She is thrilled to be able to continue teaching at Adam Mickiewicz University. She was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. After teaching in Poland, Deanna hopes to build on a previous internship with international broadcasting service Voice of America and pursue a career in international relations, with the goal of fostering peace through intercultural understanding. Deanna enjoys writing, outdoor adventuring, and exploring art and music.

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Krakowska, Wydział Inżynierii Lądowej Instytut Inżynierii Drogowej i Kolejowej Katedra Systemów Komunikacyjnych, Kraków

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Bates College
Kierunek studiów: Inżynieria
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Ellie Toll photoBio: Ellie has taught various mathematics courses through the Bates Mathematics & Statistics Workshop, as well as aided in introductory engineering classes at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include architecture and structural engineering; particularly how architectural styles fluctuate across cultures, utilizing structural mechanics to create efficient and long-lasting structures. Ellie strives to make engineering more accessible to a breadth of students, from those who have taken only basic math classes to those who are engineering majors. As an Engineering Design Fellow at Dartmouth College, her current work aims to connect large and small companies from across the country with students at Dartmouth to formulate projects for the consulting engineering capstone class.

Instytucja goszcząca: Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Studium Języków Obcych, Warszawa

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Saint Louis University
Kierunek studiów: Inżynieria
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

Dzhuliyan Vasilev photo

Bio: Dzhuliyan was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri at the age of six. In May 2017, Dzhuliyan graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and emphasis in Engineering Mathematics. While at Saint Louis University, Dzhuliyan spent four years conducting research in the sphere of soft tissue engineering and microfluidics, in addition to founding Engineering Health Collaborative, an organization focused on the development of low-cost medical devices for medically underserved countries. Also, Dzhuliyan was a pre-medical fellow with the Atlantis Project in Athens, Greece during summer 2016. Currently, Dzhuliyan is working on a new entrepreneurial venture to develop a novel catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention system. Dzhuliyan’s main passion is to merge the spheres of engineering, medicine, and entrepreneurship in order to provide better healthcare to underserved communities.

 

Instytucja goszcząca: Politechnika Śląska, Wydział Inżynierii Biomedycznej, Katedra Informatyki i Aparatury Medycznej, Katedra Biomechatroniki, Zabrze

Data rozpoczęcia stypendium: 1 października 2017
Data zakończenia stypendium: 30 czerwca 2018

Ukończona uczelnia: Purdue University
Kierunek studiów: Inżynieria
Cel stypendium: nauczyciel języka angielskiego

 

Andre Woloshuk photoBio: Andre is a recent graduate of Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. While a student, he engaged in activities that put him in a formal and informal teaching environment, including being a teaching assistant, new student orientation leader, and volunteer mentor in the community. His motivation to become a Fulbright scholar stemmed from these experiences as well as an interest in learning more about his ancestral heritage. Through the program, he hopes to learn more about Polish history, especially the medical infrastructure and surrounding policies, ideologies, and comparisons to the United States. Upon completion of the Fulbright Grant, he will return to the Indiana University School of Medicine and utilize the skills he learned as an educator to become a culturally competent physician.

Specialists

Fulbright Specialist Program to stypendia trwające od 14 do 42 dni, przyznawane wysoko wykwalifikowanym specjalistom w celu uczestniczenia w m.in. wykładach, seminariach i warsztatach, sympozjach, konferencjach, konsultacjach w zakresie prac programowych oraz rozwoju kadry administracyjnej/pracowników naukowo-badawczych, do wykonywania ocen i ekspertyz, czy też rozwijania lokalnych programów i/lub projektów badawczych. Lista stypendystów z tej kategorii zostanie ogłoszona we wrześniu 2017 r.