Fulbright scholars head overseas
Two graduates of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are among six UC Davis students and alumni to be awarded a grant under the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study and work abroad as cultural ambassadors.
Courtney Jallo is both an alumna and employee of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She plans to research land management practices and agroforestry important to the Kandy area of Sri Lanka.
Jallo, who earned a master’s degree in international agricultural development in 2015, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and carried out international development programs in Kosovo, Nepal, and Senegal. She is currently the lead coordinator for the Cochran Fellowship Program in the CA&ES International Programs Office.
Rebekah Solomon, who graduated in June with a double major in Spanish and human development and a minor in linguistics, will be teaching English at a bilingual primary school in Logroño, Spain. She studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain during her junior year, spurring her passion for the Spanish culture and language.
Currently, Solomon works as a peer adviser on campus and at the Center for Mind and Brain’s Language Learning Lab, investigating language development in infants and toddlers.
While in Spain, Solomon hopes to volunteer with children with disabilities and take flamenco dance lessons. She plans to use her knowledge gained abroad working with Spanish speakers learning English to supplement her future education and career in bilingual speech-language pathology.
The four additional graduating seniors and alumni from UC Davis who are 2016 Fulbright recipients include:
- Estevan Sanchez
- Bradley Petkus
- Natalie Boyd
- Albion Fitzgerald
The Fulbright program of the U.S. Department of State awards about 1,900 grants annually to fund airfare, room and board, health insurance and incidental expenses for one academic year of international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in 140 countries. Students and young professionals are selected on the basis of their academic and professional achievement, record of service, and leadership.