Fulbright Award Recipients
Bushra Rahman will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, School of Education and Social Sciences (ESECS) for the 2023-2024 academic year. She graduated from Emory University in 2022 with a B.S. in Anthropology & Human Biology, as well as a second major in Spanish & Portuguese. She has been a lifelong learner of languages and fell in love with Portuguese upon her first class at Emory. She looks forward to furthering her skills in the language, experiencing the vibrancy of Leiria, and better understanding the landscape of healthcare in Portugal, with professional aspirations in the field. She plans to attend medical school upon completion of her grant.
Lois is a senior double majoring in Biology and Spanish. She grew up in Atlanta, but is originally from Accra, Ghana. Since her first year, Lois has particularly enjoyed developing her love of the Spanish language through several classes with Professor Marsilli-Vargas and Professor Boigues-Lopez. Last summer, Lois studied abroad in Salmanca as a Gilman Scholar through the department's Iberian Studies Program. Throughout her time at Emory, she has enjoyed serving as a peer mentor in the Office of Pre-Health Advising, in addition to mentorship roles in the Emory Pipeline Collaborative and STEM Pathways Program. During her gap year before applying to medical school, Lois is excited to serve as an English Teaching Assistant on a Fulbright Grant to Galicia, Spain!
Lucas graduated from Emory College in August 2022, after studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal that same summer. During his time at the college, Lucas studied both political philosophy and Spanish & Portuguese. Currently Lucas works as a Residential Education Fellow in Emory's Office of Residence Life, assisting students planning residential events which incorporate faculty and staff members. Professionally, Lucas plans to attend graduate school studying (post-)second language acquisition and eventually becoming a professor of Spanish & Portuguese.
Yanira is a fourth-year student from Winter Park, Florida double majoring in Spanish & Portuguese and Psychology. She was enamored by the Spanish and Portuguese department's compelling array of courses and tight-knit community during her first year, and has greatly enjoyed her time in the department since then. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about supporting other underrepresented students in their path toward and throughout college. During her time at Emory, she had the opportunity to tutor at Atlanta public schools and work with a team at Vanderbilt's Peabody College to research Southeastern high school seniors' experiences planning for life after high school, with the aim of finding ways communities can best support underrepresented students in their transition from high school. She is incredibly excited to use everything she has learned from her time at Emory to engage with students as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Lisbon this fall.
Regina is a fourth-year student majoring in Spanish and Portuguese, and she will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Mexico this fall. During her time at Emory, Regina took the time to explore classes about Latin American history and culture, including courses like "History of Mexico" with Dr. Yannakakis and "Brazil: Country of the Future" with Dr. Rogers. In her Spanish and Portuguese classes, she often gravitated towards researching Mexican history and current events and would relate it to Lusophone themes and culture. Her desire to learn even more about Mexican history and culture inspired her to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Grant. She looks forward to exploring new places and meeting new people during her time in Mexico. After the Fulbright, she will pursue a master's in Student Affairs with the intent of working within higher education.