Fellowships Office Ambassadors
MU Fellowships Office Ambassadors are students who have interacted closely with the Fellowships Office and promote the office to MU students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Ambassadors speak at outreach presentations, meet with current applicants to provide application feedback, assist with mock interviews, and more. These students contribute great enthusiasm and energy to the fellowships team!
Carly Garrow, DAAD Research Internships in Science & Engineering (RISE) Participant
Heidelberg, Germany: To me, those words will always conjure up wonderful memories of 3 months spent researching, learning, and exploring. My experience in the RISE program helped me grow in ways I never could have imagined. I gained research experience regarding training in laparoscopic surgery, the topic of my research. I made friendships with people who have very different opinions and backgrounds than my own. I experienced a different culture and communicated in a language different than my native tongue. My RISE experience taught me, in a nutshell, to be open to having new experiences, learning new things, and meeting new people.
Nicolas Bira, Amgen Scholar and Goldwater Honorable Mention
My past three years at MU have been supplemented with my research experiences outside the classroom, the state, and the country. As a Hughes research undergraduate research fellow, I was enabled to travel to the Costa Rican rainforest to study field biology research. Shortly after I participated in a summer NSF research experience at Oregon State University. I made lasting friends and invaluable professional connections. The following summer I was accepted into the Amgen Scholars program and participated in another summer of research at MIT in Cambridge, MA. That was likewise a rewarding experience, resulting in personal and professional growth unlike any previous experiences. Scholarships and fellowships have given me some of the best experiences during my undergraduate career, and I look forward to what the future holds as I continue to apply for graduate fellowships.
Kate Hargis, Critical Language Scholarship Recipient
I was selected to be a participant for the Critical Language Scholarship in Summer 2015. My program took place in Ibri, Oman where we were in class every day with the most amazing professors and program directors. CLS took my Arabic from a beginning level to an intermediate level, and gave me a huge confidence boost in speaking with native Arabic speakers.
Kiersten Kuc, US-UK Fulbright Commission Wales Summer Institute Participant
I was selected for a US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institute the summer after my freshman year. The Fulbright Wales Summer Institute was held at Cardiff,Bangor and Aberystwyth universities, which offered me the opportunity to travel to various regions of the country. This six-week cultural and academic program focused on Welsh history, culture, politics, industry and national identify. I also had the opportunity to conduct independent research mapping the similarities and differences between American journalism and the Welsh media. Fulbright empowered me on a personal and academic level to be endlessly curious about the foreign scenery, landmarks and people of Wales.
Brendan Marsh, Goldwater Scholar
During my sophomore year of study, I was fortunate enough to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This premier undergraduate scholarship given in the sciences seeks to recognize those students with the greatest potential to positively impact research in their field of study. As a biophysicist, my application included a project proposal involving the modeling of proteins in atomic force microscopy. Being recognized on a national level for my academic work and my potential as a researcher was an incredibly humbling and gratifying experience. Beyond that, the Goldwater Scholarship has bolstered my confidence, taught me how to develop strong applications, and set my aim higher than ever before.
Clarabelle Fields, US-UK Fulbright Commission Durham University Summer Institute Participant
I participated in the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 2016 summer institute at Durham University in the northeastern UK. Over the course of four weeks, I—along with a number of amazing international students—studiedthe history of the British Isles from the Roman era through medieval times. Some of our most incredible experiences included excavating for a week at Auckland Palace, visiting Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda, and conserving artifacts in an archaeology laboratory. My time in the UK gave me invaluable hands-on experience for my studies of classics, and it also granted me the opportunity to make international friendships and foster cross-cultural communication. I feel better equipped to pursue classics and appreciate history with a keener and more critical eye, and also more adept at working on a team to achieve common goals. As both an aspiring scholar and a traveler, I am forever grateful for the experiences I was able to have that summer.