Nine Pomona College recipients of the distinguished Fulbright fellowships are getting travel-ready and heading everywhere from Indonesia to Lithuania, carrying both luggage and awards and prepared to do independent research or teach English. Four additional Fulbright recipients declined the award. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is “sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.”

Fulbright Fellowship Research Grants

Andrew Nguy ’19, an Asian studies major from Portland, Oregon, will do research in China, interviewing tea merchants, farmers and connoisseurs to learn how contemporary tea culture portrays itself and what trends have occurred in the past century. Nguy plans to join Fujian Normal University’s tea club, calligraphy club, learn Hokkien (the local dialect in Fujian) and help native Chinese students learn English.

Jessica Phan ’19, a molecular biology major from Irvine, California, will do research in Portugal at the University of Porto, investigating the effects of altering signaling pathways that may be involved in methamphetamine addiction on learning and memory in methamphetamine-addicted mice. While in Portugal, she plans to participate in a program that invites clients in drug abuse treatment programs to shadow researchers studying addiction.

Kavoos Kolahdouzan

Kavoos Kolahdouzan '18

Kavoos Kolahdouzan ’18, a chemistry major from San Francisco, California, declined the Fulbright. Currently, he is working on his master of philosophy in chemistry at Cambridge University with the Downing Scholarship.

Jeremy Snyder

Jeremy Snyder '19

Jeremy Snyder '19, a biology major and geology minor from Denver, Colorado, declined the Fulbright and accepted a Watson Fellowship, focusing on the Amazon basin in Ecuador Peru and Brazil, and the Mekong River in south China and Vietnam.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Ellena Basada

Ellena Basada '16

Natasha Anis ’19, an English major from Barrington, Rhode Island., will teach English in Indonesia at a college writing center. She plans do creative writing workshops, poetry and spoken word readings, storytelling and exchange recipes and cooking techniques, as well as participate in the local Islamic community.

Ellena Basada '16,  an English major from Gresham, Oregon, will be teaching in Berlin, Germany. Basada received her master's degree in critical studies this year from Pacific Northwest College of Art. During her time in Germany, she will conduct a theory-based research and community project on immigrant/refugee assimilation into German culture, specifically through techno clubs. 

Sarah Binau ’19, a cognitive science major from Columbus, Ohio, will teach in Brazil. She plans to participate in the local community by being part of a musical group.

Priyanka Ramanan

Priyanka Ramanan '19

Tiffany Mi ’19, an anthropology and French major from Plano, Texas, will teach English in Spain. While there, she will volunteer with Fundación Soñar Despierto to spend time with marginalized youth in the community and she plans to work with youth and dance in partnership with local dance studios and university clubs.  

Priyanka Ramanan '19, a molecular biology major and Spanish minor from Bangalore, India, declined the Fulbright to join Teach for America in the Bay Area. 

Megan Rohn ’18, an international relations major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, will teach in Lithuania. She plans to get involved with local churches or temples on community service projects, advocate for refugee rights and volunteer in senior citizen homes.

Ivan Solomon ’19, an international relations and Middle Eastern studies major from Wilmington, North Carolina, will teach in Morocco. In Morocco, he’d like to work with local NGOs, like Occident and Amnesty International, that assist low-income Moroccans and refugees.

Laura Zhang ’19, a cognitive science major from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, will teach English in Taiwan. While there, she wants to do a photo project with disposable cameras where community members share what they find beautiful about themselves and their country.