Honors & Undergraduate Research has announced that political science major Ana Monzón has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright Program for U.S. Students to study in Brazil for the 2011-2012 academic year.Monzón completed her degree requirements in December, 2010, and is currently interning in Washington D.C. with Meyers & Associates through the Texas A&M Public Policy Internship Program.
Sponsored by the Department of State, The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards scholarships to U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists selected through a national, merit-based competition for study and research abroad. Academic fields include the social sciences, humanities and the sciences. The Program emphasizes leadership development. Approximately 1,500 scholarships are awarded each year for study in over 150 countries.Notable Fulbright alumni include novelist Jonathan Franzen, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, poet Sylvia Plath, actor John Lithgow, and entrepreneur Amar Bose, chairman and founder of the Bose Corporation.
While at Texas A&M, Monzón co-founded the Guatemalan Student Association and was president for two years. As a member of the Academy for Future International Leaders, she conceived and completed an international service project through which she traveled to Guatemala to help orphanages set up and maintain subsistence farms to help feed under-nourished children. While a student, she was also an active member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization, Aggies for International Development, and ONE Aggieland.After working as Project Assistant for the Latin American and African Programs at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, she developed an interest in international agriculture, and now intends to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural economics, along with a law degree. In the future, she hopes for a career in international human rights and conflict resolution.
With the support of the Fulbright grant, Monzón will spend the 2011-2012 academic year studying Brazil’s unique domestic advances and approaches in the global agro-food sector. She study and conduct research alongside professors and researchers from Universidade Rural Federal De Pernambuco, where she will take introductory courses on agricultural mechanics, buildings, and mechanization, and/or technology of food under the Rural Technology Department. In the second half of the year, she will take introductory courses in animal science and food engineering under the Department of Basic Sciences at Universidade de Sao Paulo, the largest education and research institution of Brazil.
Monzón is the second Texas A&M undergraduate to be awarded a Fulbright grant in the last two years, with Nuclear Engineering major Kristna Yancey securing a grant to study reactor design at CERN in Switzerland for the 2010-2011 academic year.In the past ten years, 22 Texas A&M students have received Fulbright Grants, studying such diverse fields as archaeology, engineering, and journalism in countries ranging from Chile to Japan to Poland.
The application cycle for Fulbright Grants for the 2012-2013 cycle is currently underway, and application workshops will be held on April 28 and 29 at 12:30 pm in Henderson Hall, Room 103. For more information, please contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Fellowships Coordinator at (979) 845-1957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.