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PAST FULBRIGHT STUDENTS ON CAMPUS
FULBRIGHT STUDENTS ON CAMPUS 2011-2012
photo credit: Lisa Glover
(L to R) Hayarpi Papikyan, Fatih Aktas, Candice
Sankarsingh, Goma Mabika, Hind Haitham, Marina Kudosova,
Marcella Gamallo, Tsita Molapo, Roman Dusyk, Leary
Pakiding and Kristian Schmidt
- Marina Kudasova, from Russia, studying Comparative
and International Education.
- Roman Dusyk, from Ukraine, studying Analytical
- Tsita Molapo, from Lesotho, studying Renewable Energy.
- Waris Ahmad, from Afghanistan, studying Political
- Mujahed Noor, from Afghanistan, studying Structural
- Batlkhagva Batsuren, from Mongolia, studying Energy
- Hind Haitham, Yemen, studying American Studies.
- Semra Mese, from Turkey, studying American Studies.
- Fatih Aktas, from Turkey, studying Comparative and
Lehigh welcomed 6 Fulbright students and 2
Fulbright Scholars in 2010-2011l.
The Students include:
- Ahmad Hossain, from Afghanistan, studying Structural
- Goma Mabika, from Congo,
studying Comparative and International Education
- Kristian Schmidt, from New
Zealand, studying Comparative and International
- Candice Sankarsingh, from Trinidad and Tobago,
studying Educational Technology
- Leary Pakiding, from Indonesia, studying Structural
- Karys Moreno, from Panama,
studying Energy Systems
- Ivan Solsoev, from Russia, who will conduct research
with Prof. Ed Whitley in American Studies
- Maksym Radiuk, from Ukraine, who will conduct research
with Prof. Ed Levy in the Energy Research Center
Hayarpi Papikyan, a Muskie Fellow from Armenia, studying
Comparative and International Education, also joined us in
Lehigh welcomed three new Fulbright Students in graduate
programs in the fall of 2009: Olga Zhakova and Lena
Zubenko from Russia, and Tsering Dhundup, a Tibetan
refugee living in India.
Ms. Zhakova, a native of St.Petersburg, is not new to the
US, having spent a semester in America as an undergraduate
exchange student. While on campus her research will
be centered on film in the American Studies department.
Although the two share a nationality, Ms. Zubenko, was
raised many time zones away from her colleague. Ms.
Zubenko lives so close to the Russian/Chinese boarder that
she can see a Chinese city just across the river. She has
also joined the American Studies program and will be on
campus for two years. Her academic interests include
American foreign policy and intercultural communication.
Mr. Dhundup, whose parents fled Tibet in the early 1960s
for refuge in Northern India, selected Lehigh for its
active research on seismology and environmental sciences,
in hopes that he can conduct extensive research on the
deteriorating situation of the fragile ecosystem in Tibet.
He aspires to work at the newly established Tibetan
college in India and to pursue his Ph.D. in similar
Left to Right: Olga Zhakova, Lena
Zubenko, Tsering Dhundup
Fulbright Profile: Miguel
For Miguel Zambrano, his time as a visiting Fulbright
graduate student at Lehigh has been a rare experience, and
one that he’s privileged to have received. Yet he would be
quick to caution other prospective Fulbrighters that the
experience is a challenge more than anything else. While
at Lehigh, Miguel says, he has put his skills as a father,
a husband, and as a human being to the test, and in the
process, his whole idea of the world has changed.
Miguel has spoken to many
different audiences during his two-year stay at Lehigh,
from his colleagues in the College of Education during
Lehigh’s International Week, to a group of ESL teachers,
to elementary school children at Moravian Academy and Holy
Infancy in South Bethlehem, where his daughter attended
prekindergarten. His topic was usually his area of
expertise: the use of instructional technology in his home
country, Peru. Despite the variety of people he has had
the chance to interact with, he has come to the
understanding that people’s identities, regardless of
their background, are much more a product of their
character than their possessions. Miguel includes himself
in that understanding, knowing that he can best represent
his homeland by, paradoxically perhaps, being himself:
humble and sincere.
Miguel doesn’t pinpoint his change of perspective on any
one significant event, but on a series of meetings with
people who have offered their hospitality, sympathy, and
support to the Zambrano family. He mentions the Colombian
storeowner who worked below his apartment and befriended
his wife. He mentions the parishioners at Holy Infancy,
whose support was a constant aid to transitioning to life
in America. He mentions invitations to Thanksgivings,
Christmases and numerous other occasions. Even when
dealing with snowy Pennsylvania winters, the challenges of
life in Bethlehem without a car, or the English-Spanish
language barrier (though his daughter’s gotten quite good
at English), the kindness of friends, neighbors and
colleagues has made Miguel’s stay here a life-changing
Having graduated in May 2010 with a Master’s of Science
in Instructional Technology, Miguel and his family are set
to move on to the next challenge in their lives: a
position as Middle School Technology & Learning
Coordinator at a premier international school in Bangkok,
Thailand. While Bangkok may seem like a world away from
Bethlehem, Miguel’s Fulbright experience has given him the
inspiration and passion to seek out new challenges in his
development as an educator. While he eventually hopes to
return to Peru and help his country develop its
educational system, for now he takes great pride in the
prospect of representing his country proudly to the
Speaking with Miguel, his positive attitude and spirit
become infectious. As the end of his Lehigh experience was
approaching, he said that he felt like he had wings. After
a twenty-minute conversation with him, you begin to feel
as though you do too.
In May 2010, the College of Engineering awarded Pakistani
Fulbrighter Umer Izhar a PhD. Read about his Lehigh
For additional information, please contact Bill Hunter,
Fulbright On-Campus Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Michelle Sibley
Fulbright Students studying on