Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year

June 27, 2022

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering were named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year.

Each year, the U.S. Department of State works with its 140 partner countries to give graduating college seniors, graduate students and young professionals the opportunity to work, live and learn abroad. Grantees can earn either Open Study/Research Awards or English Teaching Assistant Awards. This year, 10 Penn Staters earned Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. 

Zane Rusk, doctoral degree candidate in architectural engineering, is a study/research finalist for Finland, and Sarah Torhan, doctoral degree candidate in civil engineering, is a study/research finalist for Paraguay.

The following is a list of the other six study/research finalists and their host country: 

  • Francesco Lacopo, doctoral degree candidate in history, College of the Liberal Arts, Italy 
  • Chloe Connor, major in psychology, College of the Liberal Arts, minors in global health, biology and bioethics and medical humanities, United Kingdom 
  • Siddhi Deshpande, major in biology, Eberly College of Science, minors in global health and world literature, India 
  • Chandat Phan, medical degree candidate, College of Medicine, Vietnam 
  • Claire Swedberg, major in biobehavioral health, College of Health and Human Development, minor in global health, Netherlands 
  • Alexander Yakacki, major in film production, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, minor in business and the liberal arts, Germany 

Below are the two English Teaching Assistantship finalists, their department of study, college and host country: 

  • Jocelyn Krieger, majors in history and economics, College of the Liberal Arts, minors in Middle East Studies and Jewish Studies, Turkey 
  • Kato Griffiths, majors in English and psychology, College of the Liberal Arts, minor in French and Francophone Studies, Cote d’Ivoire 

About the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at Penn State

The Fulbright student finalists are among the approximately 2,100 U.S. citizens who earned funding to study, conduct research and teach abroad during the 2022–23 school year. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential. 

The Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants the opportunity to study abroad since its inception in 1946. The primary source of funding is appropriated by Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The participating governments and host institutions along with corporations and foundations also provide support. 

2023-24 application deadline is Aug. 12

At most Penn State campuses, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring under the direction of Caitlin Ting. The campus pre-application deadline for the upcoming 2023–24 cycle is set for Aug. 12. Students interested in learning more or applying are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a member of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring. 

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education. Sign up for the Undergraduate Education Headlines for the latest news.


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