Published July 19, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE — Kirby Parnell (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), an American Indian Graduate Center Scholar (AIGCS) alumna who was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Denmark in Biology research from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Parnell, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, graduated from Eckerd College in 2016 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California Santa Cruz, will conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark as part of her project focused on harbor seal communication and reproductive behavior.
Parnell, who hails from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.