A recent article I wrote for the SanTan Sun News highlighted two Arizona State University students who are studying abroad. It was an interesting article for me to write, since I too graduated from ASU.
Published in the SanTan Sun News Dec. 21, 2013 issue
Two Chandler residents named Fulbright scholars
Two Chandler-based Arizona State University students have received 2013 Fulbright scholar awards to study abroad.
The program, which is a premier fellowship program of the U.S. State Department, is aimed at increasing mutual understanding while helping develop creative responses to problems. A record 26 students received the Fulbright Award from ASU last spring representing 19 different countries.
“I was overjoyed when I found out that I had been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar, but it took until our orientation in London to understand what it meant,” says Jaleila Brumand, 22. “This program is really unique because, while it enables students to go abroad to pursue their field of interest, it also encourages ambassadorship and involvement in their new, local community. I find that balance both exciting and extremely important.”
Brumand arrived in London in early September for orientation at Lancaster University in England. She began her master’s program of environmental science and energy the following month.
“The U.K. has set a particularly lofty carbon reduction goal and I wanted to explore how this national policy actually operated through society,” she explains of her reasoning for choosing Lancaster University. “The Lancaster Environmental Centre on campus is also incredibly forward thinking in its research and has some very distinguished faculty, which is certainly an added bonus.”
She will return to Chandler in December 2014.
Brumand is living in an apartment on campus with fi ve other postgraduate students. She attends lectures twice a week, as well as clubs on campus a few times a week in between reading and writing essays. She has also had an opportunity to travel to Liverpool, Durham, Whitby and York in some spare time.
“The people in the north of England are very warm and welcoming,” Brumand says. “I’ve never been in a place where you strike up genuine conversation on a bus or at a store, and here people seem to do it daily.”
After her studies abroad, Brumand plans on pursing a Ph.D. to supplement her technical skills. She would eventually like to become a professor of environmental science. Brumand, a Mountain Pointe High School graduate, entered ASU in 2009 to study environmental science. She earned her bachelor’s in sustainability with a concentration in economics; a bachelor’s in geography and earned a certificate in geographic information systems.
“I learned at a very young age that the environment is important,” she says. “When I started pursuing different options for college majors, I found that there were many aspects of environmental science that I could study.
The variety and breadth of the field is what really attracted me to it. The fact that it has become very interdisciplinary, which I believe is essential to solving problems especially when they involve so many different sectors of society and the natural world, really crystallized that decision.”
Teagan Adamson, 23, also a recipient of the Fulbright scholar award, arrived in Taiwan at the end of August to study at Academia Sinica in Taipei. The research institution is home to the lab environment best suited for her project. She is living in an apartment in the center of Taipei and has traveled throughout Taiwan. She will return to Chandler in July.
“It’s a dream come true,” she says of the award. “Having the opportunity to live a year abroad conducting cutting edge research and improving my Chinese speaking abilities is truly amazing.”
Adamson’s typical day consists of taking Chinese for two hours in the morning before she rides her bike to the shuttle that takes her to the research institution where she spends a few hours on her biomedical engineering research project. She also attends relevant science classes in the evening for molecular medicine courses.
“I am actually doing a dual-fellowship,” she explains. “While both are under the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Program sends biomedical engineering and bioengineering researchers overseas to study in their field and conduct research.”
Adamson says she is working on a project that aims to develop unique antibody therapeutics to improve current cancer treatments.
Once her studies abroad are complete, Adamson plans on continuing her work in the biomedical engineering field to develop new solutions and treatments addressing human disease.
“In the future, I plan to work at a research institution that focuses on international teamwork and collaboration,” she explains.
While Adamson attended Horizon Honors High, which is a school linked with Horizon Community Learning Center, she developed a strong interest in Chinese culture.
She entered ASU in the fall of 2008 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and master’s in biomedical engineering in December 2012.
“I was able to study Chinese in a program organized by my local school district that enriched my education and motivated me to search for academic institutes with reputable East Asian language programs,” Adamson says. “Because of the additional exposure to medicine and engineering through my grandfather, a physician, and my brother-in-law, an aerospace engineer, I chose to attend Arizona State University.”
During her time at ASU, she majored in biomedical engineering and minored in Mandarin Chinese.