April 28, 2014
Duane Smith

Three Seniors, Alumna Receive Fulbright Awards

Three graduating seniors and one 2012 graduate have been offered 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Three recipients were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships, and one received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant.

This is the largest number of Saint Louis University students ever to receive Fulbright Awards in one year, and they join the 22 previous SLU students who have received Fulbright Student Awards since 1975.

The 2014-15 recipients are:

Alex AbbateAlex Abbate (Biology, Spanish '14) will be an English teaching assistant in Mexico, where in addition to helping students develop their English language skills and improving her Spanish, she plans develop an after-school program that promotes healthy lifestyles and study of the relationship between language barriers and the quality of health care delivery by engaging with local health care providers. When she returns to the United States, Abbate plans to attend Creighton Medical School.

Michael MeyerMichael Meyer (Biology, Russian Studies, International Studies '14) received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to study the molecular ecology of Lake Baikal with Maksim Timoveev, Ph.D., a leader in molecular ecology at Irkutsk State University in southeast Siberia, Russia. Meyer's research focus is the effect of temperature on catabolic proteins in endemic Baikal amphipods. Meyer also plans to intern with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, an international environmental education institute, coordinating local events and workshops to promote environmental education and awareness. Before he begins his Fulbright experience, Michael will have the opportunity to study Russian for two months in Kazan, Russia, at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities with funding support through the Critical Language Scholarship Program. After completing his Fulbright experience, Meyer plans to pursue a Ph.D. in aquatic or theoretical ecology.

Emily ShoemakerEmily Shoemaker (International Business, IT Management '12) will be an English teaching assistant in South Korea. The opportunity will add to Shoemaker's previous international experiences in South Korea and China and enhance her leadership skills and international perspective. While in South Korea, Shoemaker will draw from her film and video-editing experiences to provide workshops to the students she will be working with. Shoemaker currently works for Boeing in Seattle, Wash., and when she returns from South Korea plans to pursue an MBA in international business.

Annabelle WilmottAnnabelle Wilmott (Political Science, Spanish '14 - Madrid) will be an English teaching assistant in Indonesia. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Wilmott plans to develop an English language newspaper and provide creative writing workshops for the local community. When she returns to the U.S., Annabelle plans to attend law school with a focus on human rights law.


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

More information about Fulbright U.S. Student Awards can be found at us.fulbrightonline.org.

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