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Five Fulbright Teaching Assistants Strike Out Across the Globe

Elizabeth Marshall
Marshall

Five graduating Davidson students have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships.

Elizabeth Marshall '16 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. Marshall, from Charlotte, N.C., majored in history with a minor in environmental studies. She served as a senior class gift chair, Honor Council student solicitor, Davidson Outdoors trip leader and orientation leader.

During her time at Davidson, Marshall studied abroad for a semester in India and held two summer internships in Washington, D.C., advocating for emerging alternative energies.

Malissa McSwain
McSwain

Malissa McSwain '16 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico. McSwain is a Hispanic Studies major and Educational Studies minor from Durham, N.C. McSwain became passionate about the field of second language instruction after leading an English class for children while abroad in Buenos Aires. She taught Spanish at Davidson Elementary School, tutored local ESL students and worked as an Assistant Teacher for Spanish 102. She was also involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and Warner Hall Eating House.

Lauren Martinez
Martinez

Lauren Martinez '16 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia. A Latin American Studies major and

Hispanic Studies minor, Martinez also has worked as a Spanish-language teaching assistant at Davidson Elementary School. She was a Presidential Scholar and received the Latin American Studies prize at the 2016 convocation.

Noelle Smith '16 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico.

Noelle Smith
Smith

She became interested in the Fulbright program as a result of teaching Spanish at Davidson Elementary School.

Smith said it brings her joy to see children's eyes light up when they're able to remember what they've learned and communicate in Spanish. She is ready to immerse herself in language and culture, and said she is grateful to the Fulbright program for the opportunity to do something she is passionate about.

Jessica Gumucio '16 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia.

Jessica Gunmicio
Gunmucio

The daughter of South American parents–a Peruvian mother and Bolivian father–Gumucio was president of the Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS) at Davidson, minored in Russian and studied in Russia in summer 2015 on a State Department Critical Language Scholarship.

The Fulbright Program of the U.S. State Department operates in more than 155 countries. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.

VIDEO: Gumucio is featured in this Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' video