Nine MIT students and alumni recently won U.S. Student Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year which are to be used for research programs or academic/humanitarian projects the student wishes to pursue. The Fulbright Program is an educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government to help increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and other countries. Fulbright applicants go through a holistic selection process where their academic or professional achievement are considered, as well as leadership potential in their field of study.
Graduate students include:
Mitchell Cook, from Arkansas, is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His interest in discovering the causes of social and economic inequalities in cities has led him to conduct projects in China and India. The Fulbright grant will allow him to return to India to study urban finance reform in Bangalore.
Sarah Dimson, from Missouri, completed a master’s degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning this spring and has been an MIT Legatum Fellow. Her interest in housing development has led her to Ghana and Pakistan. Dimson’s Fulbright project will take her to Tanzania, where she has already done research, to provide recommendations on housing and energy infrastructure.
Caroline Howe, from Connecticut, completed a master’s degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning this past spring. The Fulbright grant will allow her to study unemployment and sustainable waste management practices in Spain. Howe’s interest in sustainability and environmental work has already taken her to Honduras, India, and elsewhere.
Melanie Bin Jung
Melanie Bin Jung, from New York, completed a master’s degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning this past spring. She is interested in social and economic justice and has helped truck drivers in Seattle campaign for better conditions. The Fulbright grant will take Jung to Mexico, where she will do research on informal settlements on the edge of Mexico City. Image not found.
Nicole Labruto, from New Jersey, is a doctoral student in the Science, Technology, and Society program. Labruto has conducted short-term projects in Brazil on wastewater reduction and recycling. With a Fulbright grant, she will return to Brazil to investigate how scientists in the country are producing energy from sugarcane and how this may contribute to sustainable energy policy in the country.
Michael Waldrep, from California, completed a master’s in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning this past spring. He is one of five winners (out of 860 applicants) of the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. He will create a documentary video on the neighborhoods of Mexico City. Waldrep has done projects for Code for America and the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association.