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Three SCU Honors students win prestigious Fulbright Fellowships this year!
Emily Hawley (SCU '13)Political Science major
Project: Emily plans to examine the role of Jordanian tribes in promoting or slowing the democratic reforms promised by King Abdullah II, a topic that has been under-researched in Jordan despite its potential significance. If the King can be successful in implementing these reforms, Jordan will strengthen its role as a model nation in the Middle East region during a critical time for the Arab world.
William Usdin (SCU '13)
Aven Satre-Meloy (SCU '13)
Political Science & Environmental Science major
Project: Aven will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Turkey. Aven recently completed a summer internship in Istanbul with the Turkish Cultural Foundation, an experience that sparked his interest in the country and its people. He wants to use his ETA experience to generate cross-cultural dialogue between two regions of the world that often misunderstand one another and to provide non-native English speakers with language skills that will allow them to be successful competitors in a globalized world. Follow Aven's experiences in Turkey through his blog.
Director, LEAD Scholars Program, Honors Program and Fellowships
Leilani Miller is an Associate Professor of Biology and former Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Biology at Santa Clara University. She joined the University in 1994 after finishing her post-doctoral work in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford University Medical Center. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Biology (Honors Program) from Stanford University. Leilani teaches courses in Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Biotech Ethics, and her research focus is in Developmental Biology. The long-term objective of her research is to contribute to our understanding of how cell fates are specified during development. She has published articles in Cell, Genes and Development, and Genetics.
She enjoys playing volleyball and also likes to go camping and hiking with her family.