Four EECS students receive Fulbright Fellowships

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

Top row: Abby Bertics (second from left), Samira Okudo (far right). Bottom row: Miranda McClellan, Anna Bair (third and fourth from left).
 

Office of Distinguished Fellowships | EECS Staff

Four EECS students are among 11 from MIT named as winners in the 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship Program.

MIT’s newest Fulbright Students will engage in independent research and English teaching assignments in Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, and Senegal.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the mission of Fulbright is to promote cultural exchange, increase mutual understanding, and build lasting relationships among people of the world. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants in over 140 countries.

The MIT students were supported in the application process by the Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships, chaired by professors Rebecca Saxe and Will Broadhead, and by MIT’s Distinguished Fellowships Office within Career Advising and Professional Development.

Following are the EECS-affiliated winners:

Annamarie "Anna" Bair ’18 earned a bachelor of science in computer science and engineering in June 2018 and will receive her master of engineering degree in computer science later this year. In Barcelona, Spain, Bair will engage in complex systems research.

Abigail "Abby" Bertics will graduate in June with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science. Her research in Yekaterinburg, Russia, will focus on natural language processing methods for understanding English second language acquisition by Russian speakers.

Miranda McClellan ’18 received a bachelor of science in computer science and engineering in June 2018 and will earn her master of engineering degree in computer science this spring. McClellan will research automated scaling of 5G computer network resources in Barcelona, Spain.

Samira Okudo will graduate in June with a joint bachelor of science in computer science and comparative media studies. As an English teaching assistant in Brazil, she will work with university students training to be English-language instructors.

In addition to the 11 students accepting their awards, three applicants from MIT were selected as finalists but decided to decline their grants.

For a longer story with a complete list of award winners, visit the MIT News website.