Undergraduate researchers earn prestigious Fulbright awards

Posted: March 20, 2020

Engineering honors students Sahithee Batchu and Jacob Belding have been awarded Fulbright Student grants to pursue their research interests.

fulbright students photo
Sahithee Batchu (left) and Jacob Belding

A senior Eminence Fellow majoring in biomedical engineering, Batchu’s Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Award will fund her visit to India during the 2020-21 academic year. She will research diabetic retinopathy at Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in Chennai. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright exchange program in India, which has thus far awarded scholarships to over 20,000 Indians and Americans.

Belding, a junior Eminence Fellow pursuing a chemical engineering degree, received a Fulbright-MITACS Globalink grant to conduct research at McGill University in Montreal this summer. He will investigate atomistic simulations of electronic and energy materials. This is the inaugural year of the Fulbright-MITACS Globalink program, intended for U.S. students interested in going to Canada to undertake advanced research projects for 10 to 12 weeks between May and August.

Undergraduates who will earn their bachelor's degree by summer 2021 and graduate students are eligible to apply for the next cycle of Fulbright grants. Applicants with undergraduate status may attend an incoming information session via Zoom to learn more, visit https://honors-scholars.osu.edu/fellowship-office/fulbright or e-mail fellowships@osu.edu.

More than 380,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and other countries have participated in the program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and currently operates in over 160 countries.

Categories: ResearchStudents