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CEHHS Students Receive 2022-2023 Fulbright Awards

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students and graduates continue to be recognized in their pursuit of study, teaching, and research abroad. Three students from the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences (CEHHS) have been selected for 2022–23 Fulbright student awards.

In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright US Student Program offers opportunities to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals. More than 2,200 Fulbright awards are earned by US students annually, giving them the opportunity to study, conduct research, exchange ideas, and investigate critical issues facing the world from a global perspective.

As they carry out their grant-funded work, students will work with, live with, and learn from the people of their assigned host country.

“UT student scholars continue to establish our Volunteer community and university as a top institution for producing Fulbrighters and being a leader in higher education for study, research, and teaching,” said Amber Williams, vice provost for student success. “We are honored to celebrate these Vols as Fulbrighters and student scholars who exemplify the Volunteer spirit.”

CEHHS Recipients

Ashlyn Anderson

Ashlyn Anderson

Ashlyn Anderson, of Franklin, Tennessee, is a senior with an interdisciplinary major in food security and public health nutrition through the College Scholars Program.

Anderson will be going to Mexico through the US–Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange as an English teaching assistant. She looks forward to learning more about the complex food history of Mexico from her students and engaging in the host community through gardening and art projects.

Sara Burnette

Sara Burnette

Sara Burnette, of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, is a senior majoring in biology with a minor in public health.

Burnette will be working as an English teaching assistant at a university in Mongolia.

She is excited for the opportunity to connect with colleagues and students in Mongolia and participate in cultural exchange. She is grateful for her professors and mentors who provided help and guidance throughout the application process.

“This award offers an unparalleled opportunity for my personal development as a global citizen,” said Burnette. “I’m incredibly grateful to represent UT and my Appalachian community internationally.”

Hyunkyung Aileen Lee

Hyunkyung Aileen Lee

Hyunkyung Aileen Lee, of Queens, New York, is pursuing a master’s in secondary education.

Lee hopes to gather materials and data on how to best serve communities of transient students whose education has been interrupted by war, immigration, refugee status, or other circumstances. Her ultimate goal is to create an open-source curriculum available across the country.

“To win this award is incredibly exciting personally because I love any opportunity I have to travel and interact with academics in other countries,” said Lee. “My passion is teaching and serving minority student populations, so getting the chance to do that and help develop curriculum to help those students have some stability during uncertain times is something I am very grateful for.”

Learn more about the rest of the Fulbright recipients at UT Knoxville here.

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