Featured Recipients

Ryann Alonso

Ryann Alonso

Truman Scholar - 2017

A senior and Silas Hunt Distinguished Scholar, Ryann is a 2017 Truman Scholar. As a political science and communication major, she has immersed herself in a variety of leadership activities, including Young Democrats, Associated Student Government, and local and state political campaigns. Ryann is particularly interested in voter rights, and plans to earn a law degree and concentrate on constitutional law prior to working in public service increasing voter participation.


Katherine Branum

Katherine Branum

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - 2018

Katherine Branum (honors communication disorders, '18) will complete her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Costa Rica. While an undergraduate, she received an Honors College Study Abroad Grant and a Service Learning Grant for trips to Spain and Peru. While in Peru, she taught Augmentative Alternative Communication at a special education school. After completing her Fulbright tenure, she plans to complete a doctorate in speech language pathology and research practices that foster emotional development in both English and Spanish speaking users of AAC.


Olga Brazhkina

Olga Brazhkina

Goldwater Scholar - 2018

Junior Olga Brazhkina was named a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, the 53rd in University of Arkansas history. An honors biomedical engineering major, she is also an Honors College Fellow, Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholar, and National Merit Finalist. Driven to use engineering to solve medical problems, she has performed her undergraduate research in the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Laboratory under associate professor Morten Jensen. She has presented her work at the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and she plans to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering and a career as a professor.


Ryan DuChanois

Ryan DuChanois

Gates Cambridge Scholar - 2016, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow - 2016

As a civil engineering major, Ryan ('16) was interested in expanding global access to potable water. In pursuit of this, he studied and researched in Ethiopia, South Africa, and India during his time at the U of A. Prior to graduating, Ryan was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, an EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He recently earned an MPhil in engineering for sustainable development at the University of Cambridge. Ryan is an MS/Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at Yale University, where he researches "the economic, social, and political factors that inhibit proper water technology implementation."


Stephanie Galen

Stephanie Galen

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - 2018

Stephanie Galen (honors international economics, '18) will spend the 2018-19 academic year as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, where she will teach English in Silistra, Bulgaria. As an undergraduate, she was involved in the university's Model United Nations Team, and she volunteered as a literacy tutor through the Volunteer Action Center, along with playing violin in the university symphony orchestra. In the spring of 2017, she worked as an intern with the Commerce Department at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. After her Fulbright year, she plans to pursue a career as foreign service officer upon completing graduate school.


Jessica Garross

Jessica Garross

Critical Language Scholar - 2017

International business major Jessica Garross won a 2017 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study the Urdu language in India. Jessica is also pursuing minors in Arabic and international development. She plans a career in the field of refugee resettlement, working either for a refugee resettlement agency or for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "I wanted to apply for the CLS because I have always loved learning other languages, and I knew my Arabic background would help me to learn Urdu," says Jessica.


Casey Gibson

Casey Gibson

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - 2018

Casey Gibson (honors biological engineering, Spanish, '18) was selected as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for the country of Mexico. As an undergraduate, she was an Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholar, Chancellor's Merit Scholar, and National Merit Finalist. She volunteered as a literacy tutor in the Sin Limites program at J.O. Kelly Middle School in Springdale. She studied abroad multiple times, working as an environmental engineering research intern in Concepción, Chile, and receiving Honors College Study Abroad Grants for Costa Rica and India. After completing a doctorate in environmental engineering, she plans a career in academia.


Wilson Guillory

Wilson Guillory

Goldwater Scholar - 2016

Wilson Guillory (biology, '17) was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar in 2016. He was one of 252 students in the nation to receive the honor, and he is the University of Arkansas's 51st Goldwater Scholar.

Wilson completed his undergraduate research with Andrew Alverson, assistant professor of biological sciences, by studying molecular phylogenetics. Wilson was also accepted to two separate highly-competitive National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, first at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and then at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Currently a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Wilson plans a career in academia as a professor.


Ailon Haileyesus

Ailon Haileyesus

Harvard-Amgen Scholar - 2015

Ailon ('15) majored in biomedical engineering. She sought out research and leadership opportunities that allowed her to pursue her academic interests, culminating in an invitation to the ten-week Harvard-Amgen Scholars program. Ailon says she was "excited to experience different aspects of research and graduate work with students from around the country who have my same passion for discovering something new" during her time as an Amgen Scholar. She is currently studying for a Master of Science in Bioengineering Innovation and Design at The Johns Hopkins University.


Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Truman Scholar - 2017

On track to make an impact on the rate of global food insecurity, Sam is one of two 2017 Truman Scholars from the U of A. The agricultural economics and agricultural business major plans to pursue a law degree and concentrate on agricultural leadership. "Being selected as a Truman Scholar has been such a humbling experience," Sam says. "Although the process can be strenuous and sometimes daunting...I have learned so much about myself and how I can make a difference through public service." Sam has studied and researched abroad in India, for which he won the World Food Prize Foundation's Elaine Szymoniak Award, Vietnam, and Belize.


Victoria Maloch

Victoria Maloch

Truman Scholar - 2016, Marshall Scholar - 2018

Victoria Maloch ('17) was named a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a 2018 Marshall Scholar. As a U of A student, Victoria was a member of the Student Alumni Board, the Volunteer Action Center, and Chi Omega, as well as treasurer of the Collegiate Farm Bureau and senator in Associated Student Government. She took a year off of school when she was selected as one of six national officers for the National Future Farmers of America, helping to increase FFA's social media footprint, develop its communication platform, and conduct leadership training conferences across the country. She will use her Marshall Scholarship to study for an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University.


Karla Morrissey

Karla Morrissey

Goldwater Scholar - 2016, NSF Graduate Fellow - 2018

Karla Morrissey (chemical engineering, '17) was named a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. A 2016 Goldwater Scholar, Karla researched renewable energy under the guidance of Greg Thoma (professor of chemical engineering) and Roy McCann (professor of electrical engineering). As a sophomore, she participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at Kansas State University, and this resulted in Karla co-authoring a paper on plug-in electric vehicles. Karla is currently a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas, and she plans a career in sustainability.


Danielle Neighbour

Danielle Neighbour

Truman Scholar - 2016, Schwarzman Scholar - 2017

Danielle ('16) is the U of A's first Schwarzman Scholar. She was also named a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholar. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend a year learning from global leaders in preparation for a future dedicated to public service" says Danielle. She is passionate about providing clean drinking water to communities around the world. A native of Lenexa, KS, Danielle was an Honors College Fellow who majored in civil engineering with a minor in Spanish. She took full advantage of her time at the U of A, including maximizing study abroad opportunities. Danielle studied in Belize, Ecuador, and Vietnam. She served as Secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and on the boards of the American Society of Civil Engineers Arkansas student chapter and Chi Epsilon (an honors society).


Sabrina Rivas

Sabrina Rivas

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar - 2017

An art education BFA major with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture, Sabrina Rivas received a 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study graphic design and art history in Rome, Italy. She plans to be an art teacher, and to eventually pursue her PhD.


Rachel Ungar

Rachel Ungar

DAAD RISE Intern - 2017

Rachel Ungar, an honors biology major, received a DAAD Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) internship for the summer of 2017. The summer after her sophomore year, Rachel was selected for a 2016 summer internship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. While there, she researched rare genetic diseases at the National Cancer Institute. Her DAAD research was at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, where she researched neuroblastoma, a childhood brain cancer, and the potential use of medication to suppress gene expression as a means of increasing survival rates.

"While conducting research alongside some of the top cancer scientists in the world, I was expected to work at their standard, which has taught me a lot," says Rachel. "I learned how to pick up skills quickly, think critically, and work independently. As an international student in Germany, I was able to see firsthand how differences in education and culture in other countries affect research.... After these experiences I feel much more prepared to enter graduate school as I feel more confident in my computational abilities, have refined my interests, and have learned how to navigate new places."


Ian Wicks

Ian Wicks

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant - 2016

Ian Wicks (international relations, Latin American and Latino studies, psychology, and Spanish, ’16) received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Madrid, Spain for the 2016-17 academic year. He was involved in multiple campus and community organizations, including the Ozark Literacy Council, Interhall Congress, and Honors College Ambassadors, and he held an internship for Senator Mark Pryor in Washington, D.C. Having completed his Fulbright year, Ian is pursuing an MPhil in international relations and politics at the University of Cambridge, with plans for a career in diplomacy.

"I was able to study abroad in Argentina, England, Peru, and Spain," says Ian. "During two of these programs I also held internships with local NGOs. These experiences not only changed the way I see the world, but also changed the way I see myself. My experiences abroad inspired me to pursue a career in international public service, through which I hope to bring a little more compassion and understanding into international affairs."