2016 Recipients: Top Scholarships and Fellowships

2016 Critical Language Scholarships

  • Eliz Hale

    Elizabeth started studying Arabic when she was 13 and hasn't stopped since. An International Studies major with a concentration in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Colorado State University, she spends her time as president of the Arabic Club and as a Student Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts.

    She aims to get a graduate degree in Arabic linguistics and become a professor of Arabic because of her passion for the language and her belief that more Americans should learn about Arabs, their culture and their language.

    A New Mexico native, she also studies Spanish and eats prodigious amounts of green chile.

  • Jenna Hamilton

    Jenna Hamilton is a senior Economics and International Studies student, minoring in German and Russian language. She went on her first trip to Russia a week after graduating from high school, through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). After 6 weeks, she was hooked.

    She has continued her studies of Russian at CSU, and spent the fall 2014 semester at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. Jenna hopes to pursue a career in international education after returning from Nizhny Novgorod in August.

  • Kelli Wick

    Kelli Wick is a senior studying Cultural Anthropology with minors in French, German, and International Development at CSU. She is a Fort Collins native, but enjoys exploring the world.

    So far she has WWOOFed in Austria, au paired and studied French in France, interned at ImagiNation Afrika and studied development and culture in Senegal, and traveled to 9 other countries. While at CSU, Kelli has enjoyed being a Cultural Mentor for international students, a conversation partner for INTO students, playing her clarinet in the band, and being an RA for her residents whom she loves.

    After graduation, she hopes to work in international development in a way that breaks down legacies of colonialism and promotes cultural diversity and equality. Kelli is so excited for her CLS experience and to learn Swahili in Arusha, Tanzania this summer!

2016 Fulbright Fellowships

  • Erin Boyd

    Erin Boyd is a foreign language and cultural studies student in her final semester at CSU. She studies both Spanish and German and plans to one day learn a third foreign language. She taught Spanish at the elementary school level during her sophomore year of college and loved sharing the excitement of language learning with her students.

    Her first major international experience was a semester abroad in England during her junior year, where she fell in love with life within a foreign culture (and also ate enough fish and chips to last a lifetime).

    She has been a part of CSU's German Club throughout her college career and has become enchanted by Germany's vibrant culture and the German language, which she finds challenging but exciting and fun to learn. She is thrilled to have been offered a Fulbright ETA Grant position in Germany for the 2016-2017 year.

    Erin hopes to use the knowledge she gains living and working in Germany to eventually work in education abroad, helping U.S. college students to pursue their own adventures all around the world.

    In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, baking, and watching movies while forcibly snuggling her cat.

  • Rina Hauptfeld

    Rina Hauptfeld is a doctoral student in CSU's interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Ecology; her home department is Warner College's Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

    Rina is interested in social-ecological systems and looks at collaborative and community-based natural resource management, particularly in marine protected areas, through the lens of citizen science.

    Rina's dissertation looks at how engagement in resource monitoring influences management and conservation effectiveness in marine areas managed by local communities.

    She will spend January-October of 2017 in the Central Visayan region of the Philippines conducting her dissertation fieldwork. Rina's previous work was in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Tomas Pickering

    Tomas Pickering first became interested in ecology at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, he liked to chase insects around his house. His love of the tropics began during his undergraduate days at the University of Georgia, where he majored in Biology and completed field studies in Malaysia, Panama, and Brazil. While there, he completed his undergraduate Honors thesis on the efficiency of capuchin monkeys using stone tools to crack open palm nuts in Brazil.

    Upon graduation, Tomas worked as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica for 6 months and then served as a teacher assistant at an elementary school in Texas, before beginning Peace Corps in Malawi working in community based natural resource management. This was a life changing experience for Tomas; through it, he became interested in community development and agricultural practices.

    Upon his return to the States, he spent a little over a year working on small farms in Massachusetts and Washington. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology under the direction of Robin Reid and Kathleen Galvin.

    For his Fulbright experience, he plans to study community-based conservation in pastoralist communities in Kenya and how these efforts are changing livestock production and rangeland ecology to provide feedback on the costs and benefits for future innovation. He is honored and excited for the opportunity Fulbright has provided to conduct my research and act once again as an ambassador for the United States.

  • Suzanna Shugert

    An International Studies and Spanish major at CSU, Suzanna Shugert has extensively pursued her passion for Mexico and the Spanish language throughout her collegiate studies. Last year she studied abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico and is currently a peer advisor in Education Abroad, where she works to instill a love of international experiences in all students.

    Suzanna is thrilled to have received the Fulbright grant, which will allow her to return to Mexico as an English Teaching Assistant. While abroad, she looks forward to learning more about the Mexican education system, building relationships with locals and working on her Spanish fluency.

    Although her plans post-Fulbright are not concrete, Suzanna hopes to pursue a Teaching Certificate to work in a bilingual elementary school and is confident she will never cease to learn more about the world and its remarkably beautiful and diverse inhabitants.

  • Teal Vickrey

    Teal Vickrey will be graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies and English this spring, 2016. She grew up in Louisville, Colorado graduating from Monarch High School in 2012. Her passion to work with youth began at an early age, growing up she loved playing with her little brothers and volunteering at her local library reading with youth in her community.

    In college she has spent her time volunteering as a Reading Buddy at Cache Le Poudre in Fort Collins and last fall she acted as a mentor for CSU's very own Campus Core (now Campus Connections). She has worked as a counselor at two separate Summer Camps in Boulder and will be returning for her second year at Rocky Mountain Day Camp this summer, before she embarks on her journey to the Czech Republic in August.

    Teal became enamored with Czech culture last spring when she studied abroad in Prague at Charles University. While she was abroad she had the opportunity to teach English at Londýsnká Elementary School which inspired her to apply as a Fulbright ETA in the Czech Republic after graduation.

    She is honored to have been given the chance to return to a culture she loves and promote cross-cultural interactions and cultural immersion for youth through language. Teal aspires to continue this work the rest of her life and plans to pursue a career in Educational Leadership upon her return to the United States in 2017.

2016 Goldwater Honorable Mentions

  • Dillon Jarrell

    Dillon Jarrell is currently a Junior Chemical and Biological Engineering student at Colorado State University.

    During his undergraduate studies, he has conducted research in both academia and industry. In academia, his three-year tenure in the laboratory Dr. Christopher Gentile has resulted in the novel development of animal models displaying vascular dysfunction as well as in an ever-growing working hypothesis regarding the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases via the endoplasmic reticulum.

    In industry, Dillon has both designed experiments, conducted high-throughput drug candidate screens, and given formal presentations recommending specific compounds for clinical trial testing to treat chronic heart disease. In addition to research and engineering, he stays incredibly busy at home with his wife, Emily, and beautiful two-year-old daughter, Olivia.

  • Joshua Romero

    Josh Romero is a junior in biochemistry here at CSU. He conducts research in Dr. Jac Nickoloff's molecular genetics lab, works as a nursing assistant for University of Colorado Health, and tutors physiology here at CSU.

    After high school, Josh attended the University of Northern Colorado, but he dropped out when he was diagnosed with stage 3b testicular cancer. After successful treatment, he enrolled in Aims Community College. At Aims, Josh received the President's Medallion, Outstanding General Chemistry Student Award, a science department Distinguished Scholar Award, a math department Distinguished Scholar Award (the second person in the 50-year history of Aims to receive two Distinguished Scholar Awards), and All-State Academic Team Member. In 2014, Josh received the Griffin Scholarship to attend CSU.

    Josh's current research investigates mechanisms of DNA repair. He believes that understanding the mechanisms that maintain our genome is important because defects in these mechanisms can lead to carcinogenesis. This summer Josh will expand his research experience by participating in CU Denver's Cancer Research Fellowship. He will work on a project that involves diagnosing prostate cancer with Dr. David Crawford and his colleagues. While there, Josh will be working alongside a few doctors that were part of his care as he went through his cancer treatment earlier in his life.

    Josh plans to apply to MD/PhD programs after he graduates. He wants to conduct translational cancer research and improve current cancer therapies. Josh hopes that he and his wife, Vanessa—both first generation students—will be role-models for their two-year old and four-year old daughters, Jaylin and Jordyn, respectively.

2016 NSF-GRFP Fellowships

  • Mitchell Bordelon

    Mitchell Bordelon, a 2015 Goldwater Honorable Mention, has conducted research in numerous laboratories throughout his undergraduate career; he completed an internship in the pharmaceutical industry at Nexgen Pharma and spent a summer abroad at Christian-Albrechts-Universit├Ąt zu Kiel in Germany under the DAAD RISE program.

    However, Mitchell has spent the largest amount of time researching with both Professor Jamie Neilson (Department of Chemistry) and Professor Kathryn Ross (Department of Physics). Working in collaboration, Mitchell delved into the fundamental physics behind structure-property relationships in solid-state materials on numerous projects ranging from perovskite-based photovoltaic materials to magnetic interactions in geometrically frustrated materials. He traveled to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct neutron scattering experiments at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and utilized this experiment to delve into the intriguing magnetic ordering found in the material Fe3PO4O3. In fall 2015, Mitchell co-authored a published manuscript detailing the properties of the crystalline Fe3PO4O3 lattice, and in spring 2016, he presented this work at the American Physical Society March meeting.

    Mitchell will pursue a graduate degree at the brink of chemistry and physics at the University of California–Santa Barbara in the fall. His PhD research will be focus on correlated electronic phenomena in materials. Mitchell would like to thank Colorado State University for providing him with ample opportunities to pursue and develop his interests in science.

  • Jill Gerberich

    Jill Gerberich is a senior CSU student; she will graduate with a Bachelor's in zoology this May. Jill is from Dallas, Texas, and came to CSU because of its great reputation as a research institution and proximity to outdoor activities.

    For the past four years, she has conducted research in Dr. Chris Funk's lab in the Biology Department including her senior honors thesis studying dispersal of Trinidadian guppies. Jill plans to enroll in a molecular genetics graduate program in Texas.

  • Marina Rodriguez

    Marina Rodriguez is a Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology major minoring in English and Applied Statistics. She is interested in avian conservation, teaching, and diversifying the natural resource field. She is president of the CSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, as well as the co-founder of the CSU chapter of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS).

    Marina has been conducting research on the effect of nutrient availability on nesting birds at high elevation, and hopes to continue with research that will help conserve bird populations. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department as well as a laboratory technician in the genetics department of the USDA National Wildlife Research Center. In 2015, she was named a Udall Scholar for these accomplishments.

    Marina plans to stay at CSU to earn her master's degree starting in the fall. She hopes to eventually earn her PhD so that she can become a professor and follow her passion for research and education.

  • Kalyn Taylor

    Kalyn Taylor, a Soil and Crop Sciences major, is passionate about improving food security, organic agriculture, and conducting research that is dedicated to minimizing environmental hazards associated with modern agricultural practices.

    For the past two years, Taylor has assisted with dryland agroecosystem research at the USDA-ARS in Fort Collins, and last summer, she conducted international ecological research in Sardinia, Italy. In 2015, she was named a Truman Scholarship Finalist for her work managing Colorado State University's Student Sustainable Farm.

    Upon graduation from CSU, Taylor intends to pursue a MA in Agroecology and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plans to incorporate an international component into her graduate research, likely in an agricultural region of France. Her dream is to join the scientific and farming communities that are leading the way in cutting-edge agroecological research and sustainable agricultural technologies.

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2016 Truman Scholar

  • Elizabeth Hale

    Elizabeth Hale is an International Studies major with a concentration in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Colorado State University.

    She is president of the Arabic Club and a Student Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts. She aims to get a graduate degree in Arabic linguistics and become a professor of Arabic because of her passion for the language and her belief that more Americans should learn about Arabs, their culture and their language.

    A New Mexico native, she also studies Spanish and eats prodigious amounts of green chile.

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2016 Truman Finalists

  • Sarah Bibbey

    Sarah Bibbey is a junior from Laporte, Colorado. She studies social work at Colorado State University, with minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies.

    Sarah has lived in Kumasi, Ghana, and her experience there has inspired her to work for change in both Ghana and the United States.

    Sarah is especially interested in women's rights and community development. She hopes to continue her studies in the field of social work, and to spend her career strengthening NGO practice worldwide.

  • Emily Robitschek

    Emily studies Biochemistry and Anthropology at Colorado State University. She is passionate about serving society through biomedical research and has conducted cancer research at several universities in the US and in Argentina.

    As a result of her experiences volunteering in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Argentina, Emily plans to serves underserved communities in the US and abroad through public health efforts. She hopes that her discoveries and the discoveries of scientists everywhere can be applied in a way that reflects the World Health Organization's view of health as a human right.

    In her free time, Emily enjoys singing, volunteering to help international students learn English and feel welcome in the community, learning languages, hiking in the Colorado mountains, traveling, listening to NPR, and spending time with friends and family.

    She plans to pursue a Master's in Public Health and a PhD—both of which will help her investigate chronic illness as a scientist. She will also use this training as a foundation for work with the public, politicians, and scientists alike to eliminate health disparities as a professor and public health advocate.

2016 Udall Scholars

  • Kiloaulani Ka'awa Gonzales

    Kilo is a fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major, whose research interests include invasive species management in wetland and coastal ecosystems. He serves as president of Colorado State's chapter of Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources (MANRRS) Club.

    Growing up on the rural Hawaiian island of Molokai, Kilo's family lives a subsistence lifestyle of fishing, hunting, and farming, where his passion for the environment originates.

    Kilo strives to be a representative for his island community, where very few go on to college. Kilo is also a resident assistant (RA) on his campus and enjoys playing volleyball, fishing, and cooking.

  • Katelynne Johnson

    Katelynne Johnson is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She is a sophomore pursuing a degree in anthropology at Colorado State University.

    Katelynne has dedicated her time to Chaco Culture National Historic Park, working with the cultural resource management staff in historic preservation. She completed an internship with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in archival work, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico.

    She hopes to assist in consultations between Native communities and the National Park Service, as well as aid in the incorporation of American Indian voices within the historic and present National Park Service narrative.

  • Arielle Quintana

    Arielle Quintana is a proud tribal member of Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She is studying Rangeland Ecology with a concentration in Restoration Ecology at Colorado State University.

    Quintana's goal is to attain an education that will help her restore damaged and degraded lands within her reservation's jurisdictional and ancestral domain. While gaining knowledge and experience in developing and implementing restoration projects, Quintana shapes her education to be culturally relevant so she can integrate the cultural values and customs of Cochiti Pueblo in her projects.

    Quintana wants to help her tribe and surrounding pueblo communities restore damaged lands and reestablish healthy, sustainable habitats and ecosystems in the Southwest.