Penn's 2016-17 Fulbright Recipients

The Fulbright Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  For the past two years, the University of Pennsylvania has been the sixth-largest producer of Fulbright Students among U.S. colleges and universities.  So far 22 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards have been offered to Penn students and alumni this year to conduct research, graduate study, or teach English abroad.

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) wishes to congratulate all of Penn’s 2016-2017 Fulbright recipients:

Fulbright Study/Research Grant

  • Gina Elia (GAS ’22, Hingham, MA) to Taiwan “Shifting Concepts of Religion and Modernity in Republican-Era Chinese Literature”
  • Alexander Hoppe (GAS ’23, Madison, WI) to India “The Social Life of Apparel: Fashion Production Between India and the United States”
  • Sandhya Jetty (WH ’16, Folsom, CA) to India “Entrepreneurship’s Efficacy in Empowering Women”
  • Jamie Kent (WH ’14, Piedmont, CA) to Chile “Analyzing Educational Infrastructure for Developing Technical Talent in Chile”
  • Rohini Kopparam (EAS ’16, Irvine, CA) to India “India’s Missing Girls: Improving Initiatives to Eliminate Female Feticide”
  • Kelsey Norris (GAS ’23, Miami, FL) to Russia “Displaced Persons (DPs) and the Politics of Family Reunification in the Postwar Soviet Union”
  • Aardra Rajendran (EAS/COL ’16, Lewisville, NC) to India “Social Pathogens: Investigating Water-Borne Diseases in Porur, Chennai”
  • Didem Uca (GAS ’22, Syosset, NY) to Germany “Writing Childhood in Contemporary Intercultural German Literature”
  • Arianna Ulloa (COL ’16, Tampa, FL) to the UK, Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods at Lancaster University
  • Eileen Wang (COL ’16, Richmond, VA) to China “The Experience of Childbirth Pain in Zhejiang Province, China”
  • Johnathan Zeng (EAS ’16, Solon, OH) to China “Investigation of Lung Cancer Risk Factors for Ethnic Minorities in Southwest China”

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA)

  • Kendra Carson (COL ’16, Silver Spring, MD) to India
  • Lisa Cheung (COL ’16, Philadelphia, PA) to Malaysia
  • Sarah Elnahal (COL ’16, Linwood, NJ) to Malaysia
  • Leila Ehsan (COL ’16, Los Angeles, CA) to Tajikistan
  • Amanda Laura (COL ’14, Berkeley Heights, NJ) to Spain
  • Lauren McCann (WH ’16, East Greenwich, RI) to India
  • Mabel Oviedo (COL ’16, Guttenberg, NJ) to Spain
  • Cathryn Peirce (COL ’16, Erdenheim, PA) to Ivory Coast
  • Stephen Pintauro (COL ’16, Brentwood, TN) to South Africa
  • Nathan Stauffer (COL ’16, Belcamp, MD) to Malaysia

The individuals listed above join the ranks of the over 250 Penn “Fulbrighters” in the last 15 years.  Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now open, and potential future Fulbrighters (undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni) are encouraged to call CURF at 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment with Penn’s Fulbright Advisor, Lauren Orr (, and to take advantage of the support CURF offers to all Penn applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.