Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Chemical Engineering grad wins Fulbright grant

Ten University of Illinois students, including a 2016 Chemical Engineering graduate, have been offered student Fulbright grants to pursue international educational, research and teaching experiences this coming year. These students and young alumni will be sharing their distinct Illinois experiences with others throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Carol Grzych, BS '16 and Fulbright recipient
Carol Grzych, BS ’16 and Fulbright recipient

Carol Grzych, of Glenview, Illinois, has been offered a Fulbright as an English teaching assistant for nine months in Poland. Grzych graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016 as a Chancellor’s Scholar. She will be placed at a Polish university teaching specialized English in scientific and business fields. Grzych received a full tuition award to attend Illinois as a Stamps Scholar and was accepted as a member of the campus Hoeft Technology and Management Program, which brings top students from engineering and business fields together for cross-disciplinary learning. After a Fulbright year honing her intercultural communication skills, Grzych will work as a global management trainee with AB InBev, where she hopes to build an international management career.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build international relations to solve global challenges. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program’s establishment. Based on their academic and professional achievement, as well as their demonstrated leadership potential, approximately 1,900 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Other Illinois students who received Fulbrights include Avanti Chajed, of Champaign, Illinois; Melody Chua, of Vernon Hills, Illinois; Scott Cinel, of Elmwood Park, Illinois; Lauren Colby, of Morton, Illinois; Regina Hinders, of Champaign; Morgan Hollie, of Chicago; Sheila Park, of Chicago; Ruchi Tekriwal, of Lakeville, Minnesota; and Jamison Watson, of Emmetsburg, Iowa.

“This year’s Illinois grantees confirm that opportunities under the Fulbright program truly are open to a wide variety of individuals,” said David Schug, the director of the National and International Scholarships Program. “The 10 University of Illinois applicants offered Fulbright grants include graduating seniors, master’s candidates and recent alumni who come from our colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Education; Fine and Applied Arts; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Media.”

“Winning a Fulbright grant requires not only scholarly excellence but also adaptability, maturity and integrity,” said Ken Vickery, the director of the Office of External Fellowships. “This is why the Fulbright program is held in such high esteem the world over. Fulbright scholars promote international goodwill by serving as cultural ambassadors as well as by their exemplary research and teaching.”

Applications are open for students interested in pursuing studies, fine arts, research, or English teaching assistantships under the Fulbright for the 2017-18 academic year.