Alumni

The Fulbright Program has more than 374,000 alumni from over 160 countries worldwide. Fulbright alumni include 33 current or former heads of state or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Five thousand of those alumni belong to the Australian-American program and received their Fulbright awards from the 1950s on. You are a part of this roll call of excellence.

We aspire to deepen and expand our connection with you. We want you to be committed and contributing partners in the fostering of mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S. that the Fulbright Program promotes.

Fulbright Alumna Dr Elizabeth Madin (Awarded 1999)

Some of our alumni

Daniel C. Dennett Professional Scholars

Daniel Dennett
Home InstitutionTufts University
Host InstitutionDarwin Scholar Program, Charles Darwin University
Award NameFulbright Specialist
DisciplinePhilosophy, Cognitive Studies
Award Year2017

Daniel Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, where he has been teaching since 1971. He is responsible, along with his colleagues, for starting a Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science at Tufts University. He is the author of several books and articles about consciousness, free will, religion, and evolution, including Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995) and most recently, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017). He has won many awards, including the APA Barwise Prize (2004), the Richard Dawkins Prize (2007), and the SINe medal at the University of Padova (2016). In 2012 he won the Erasmus Prize in Amsterdam. During his time at Charles Darwin University, Dennett will focus on consciousness research, and why the key steps to progress are so hard for many people to accept.

William Feeney Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Delaware and University of California, Berkeley
Award NamePostdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences (Evolutionary Biology)
Award Year2015

William Feeney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University, and held an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of competitive interactions between species, and how these interactions affect biological diversity. He will work with Dr Danielle Dixson at the School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, from January 2016 to October 2016.

His research will focus on mutualistic interactions between coral reef fishes. In particular, he will investigate whether interspecies mutualisms predict resilience to a changing environment.

“While competitive interactions are relatively well studied, and tend to generate biological diversity, mutualistic interactions are generally less well studied, but seem to conserve diversity. Coral reefs are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and this project will investigate whether mutualistic interactions will help the involved species cope with their changing environment.”

Whilst at the Georgia Institute of Technology William will study if mutualistic interactions between species confer resilience or vulnerability in a changing environment, which continues on from his work at the University of Queensland.

Tierney O’Sullivan Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Georgia
Host InstitutionThe Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority and The University of Tasmania
Award NamePostgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEcology
Award Year2013

“Conservation of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle is paramount, not only because of its iconic status, but also because it performs a vital role in the ecosystem.”

Ms Tierney O’Sullivan, a recent graduate in ecology from the University of Georgia, has won a 2013 Fulbright Scholarship to come to Australia for a year. She will work with Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority and University of Tasmania to undertake research into the breeding success of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle.

“The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia, and one of the largest eagles in the world,” Tierney said.

“The endemic Tasmanian subspecies Aquila audax fleayi is recognized as endangered on a state and federal level due to a small population as a result of low breeding success and a high mortality rate from unnatural causes.”

Tierney’s project aims to understand how habitat disturbance affects the behaviour and breeding success of the threatened Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle. In collaboration with her host institutions she will monitor nesting sites and record behavioural responses to nearby traffic and determine nesting success at the end of the breeding season.

Tierney has a B.S. in ecology from the University of Georgia. She has won various awards and prizes including a Charter Scholarship, University of Georgia; the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Scholarship; and the HOPE Scholarship. She is a keen outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys whitewater kayak racing, in which she competes internationally, and rock climbing.

Jana Soares Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionSt. Edward’s University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2015

Jana Soares graduated Magna Cum Laude, from the Honors Program, with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas in May 2015. As an undergraduate student, she was a Holy Cross Scholar, receiving a four-year merit-based full tuition scholarship, was on the Dean’s List each semester, and conducted three scientific research projects related to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, food-borne illness, and hospital-acquired infections. She also worked as a Resident Assistant for three years, a Hilltop Mentor, a Student Ambassador, was involved in many academic clubs, and helped lead service projects.

As a sophomore, Jana won an Undergraduate Research Capstone Award to attend and present her research at the American Society for Microbiology 113th General Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She also presented her research at the Texas Academy of Science conferences and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Jana was a recipient of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship in 2014, and upon graduating, received the St. Edward’s University Presidential Award and the Outstanding Graduate in Biology Award in 2015.

According to the WHO’s 2014 report, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a risk to treating common infections in hospitals. Each year, in the United States, 1 in 25 patients has at least one hospital-acquired infection (HAI), resulting in 75,000 deaths, and in Australia, there are 200,000 cases of HAIs. It is important to discover a way to slow the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to prevent illnesses and deaths. Jana is interested in how scientific research can spur innovations and help provide solutions to pressing global health problems such as antibiotic resistance. Her Fulbright research will incorporate the study of antibiotics and bacterial interactions in a nematode model organism, using cutting-edge imaging technologies, to identify alternatives to standard antibiotic treatment.

As a Fulbright scholar with a passion to improve people’s lives, Jana seeks to learn as much as possible while in Australia.  She hopes her research will allow her to approach large problems with a scientific understanding, and plans to broaden her perspective through participation in available opportunities in professional, academic and work environments.  Jana is interested in translating scientific research findings into improvements that help the public, and aspires to attend lectures and partake in workshops to learn how scientific innovations are making an impact on the world.  Beyond her research in the lab, Jana looks forward to immersing herself in Australian culture by sampling different cuisines, exploring new sights, and taking part in recreational activities.

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