Recent UD Scholarship and Fellowship Recipient and Finalists
2019 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (Germany)
Alexandra Koch will graduate with a BA in German in May 2019. Her extensive travel
and interest in German language and culture have prepared her well for a Fulbright
Teaching Assistantship. During her time at UD, she has been very active as a founding
member and President of the German Club, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton
Society, and Student Government Senator. She has also completed internships with U.S.
Senator Ted Cruz and Texas House Representative Jeff Leach. Alexandra’s studies of
German civilization, poetry, and literature at UD have given her a deep appreciation
for the richness of the country’s past and culture, and have motivated her to improve
her German language skills. Alexandra is looking forward to a year of immersion in
a German community as a Fulbright grantee in hopes of improving her linguistic and
communication abilities and broadening her understanding of German culture and political
outlook through dialogue and community engagement.
2019 Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist
Madeleine Nerio is UD's first ever Truman Scholarship finalist and will graduate in
May 2020 with a BA in Politics. For the past seven years, Madeleine Nerio has been
serving as a community advocate in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. She has served
in the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition as a research intern, Texas Senate Distrct 26
as a legislative and constituent services intern, the city of San Antonio as an ambassador
for the city, and as a legal intern for Advocates for Community Transformation in
Dallas. Currently Madeleine is serving as a congressional intern for Texas’ 33rd congressional
district in Dallas resolving casework regarding immigration processing, citizenship
and Social Security. Madeleine was recently awarded the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation
scholarship, due to her dedication to civic responsibility, leadership, and academic
excellence. She was nominated by the UD Truman Committee in March 2018.
2019 National Science Foundation Grant - Honorable Mention
Sophia Andaloro will graduate in May 2019 with a BS in Physics and has received a
variety of accolades during her career at the University of Dallas. Most recently,
she received the Robert S. Hyer Award from American Physical Society for her summer,
2017 research project in quantum optics at the University of Arkansas. Sophia also
conducted research in machine learning and signal discrimination at the Texas A&M
Cyclotron Institute. As a cofounder of the University of Dallas’ Women in STEM Club,
she secured funding from the American Association of University Women to bring prominent
women to campus to inspire female students to pursue leadership roles in the STEM
fields. Sophia also serves as a teaching assistant at UD and tutors students from
local high schools and colleges in Physics, Chemistry and Calculus.
2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Mackenzie Warrens earned her BS in Physics in 2017. During her UD years, Mackenzie
completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Texas A&M University in
nuclear physics and a second REU at UCLA for her senior thesis research. She was a
Clare Boothe Luce Scholar for two years and a leader in launching the Women in STEM
Club at the University of Dallas. The three-year NSF Fellowship allows Mackenzie to
study at Rice University to earn her Ph.D. in Experimental Atomic Physics.
2018 SMART Scholarship
Steven Block received his BS in Physics in 2018, and he is in the first cohort of
University of Dallas students completing the dual-degree in Physics (UD) and Electrical
Engineering (UTA). The SMART Scholarship, awarded by the Department of Defense, completely
funds Steven's fifth year of the 5-year program. While at UD, Steven conducted research
in nuclear physics with Dr. Hicks, completed a Naval Research Enterprise Internship
at the Naval Research Laboratories, conducted research with Dr. Flanagan at Fermi
National Laboratory, and had an internship at Raytheon. On top all of this, Steven
was awarded a Fermi Laboratory Neutrino Center Physics Research Fellowship.
2018 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (Czech Republic)
Catherine Blume earned a BA in English with a French concentration in 2018 and was
the valedictorian for the Class of 2018. Her intention is to go on to graduate school after this year for a master’s degree
in Slavic languages and literatures, which she hopes will inspire and inform a career
teaching high school in the U.S.
2018 Study Intercultural Training Experience (SITE) Program
Diana Hassink earned her BS in Biology in 2018. In September of 2018, she kicked off
her year as an English-language teaching assistant at Liceo Scientifico Galileo Ferraris
in Varese, Italy, just north of Milan and south of the Italian Alps. The best part
of the SITE program is that Diana has the opportunity to teach the subjects that she
studied at UD including biology and chemistry. This paid SITE internship opportunity
for English-speaking teaching assistants in the region of Lombardy, Italy allows for
graduates from American universities to obtain a better understanding of the Italian
language and culture, while assisting local teachers and receiving professional training
on teaching methods.
2017 Schweitzer Fellowship
Sean Mixon (MA Philosophy, anticipated 2021) was announced the first UD recipient
of of the prestigious Schweiter Fellowship. one of 12 Albert Schweitzer Fellows in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 2017-18, and one of approximately 240 fellows working
around the United States. Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects
to address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while
also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. Sean established a summer writing
program at the Elsie Robertson Lancaster Middle School in southern Dallas County. The
first UD recipient of the prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship, Sean will continue developing the literacy skills of Lancaster middle schoolers who fall
below their grade level throughout the following year, while also learning how to
effectively address the lower socioeconomic factors that can negatively affect one’s
2017 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (Germany)
Emily Collins is a 2017 graduate with a double major in English and Economics and
German concentration. She worked as a marketing and communications intern at the Dallas Goethe Center,
where she interacted with other staff members in German. She also gained classroom
experience while at UD by teaching German to third graders at Holy Family of Nazareth
Catholic school. Collins believes this combination of experience made her Fulbright application competitive.
2017 Fulbright Research Award (Spain)
Phillip Wozniak (BA Biology, 2015) was awarded a Fulbright Research Award to conduct
medical research in Spain. He conducted a pre-clinical trial that focused on finding
an alternative treatment for preventing severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),
an infection that can be deadly to premature and immunocompromised infants. His research
focused on the use of medical nanotechnology to develop the treatment. Wozniak was a Clinical Research Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the
pediatric teaching hospital associated with Ohio State University. He believes his
Fulbright application was particularly strong because of his relationship with a pioneer
in the medical nanotechnology field, Dr. Maria Angeles Muñoz-Fernández. “Many applicants
come up with a research idea and the beg around for someone to mentor them,” Wozniak
said. “But I worked closely with my mentor to develop a research proposal that already
had the support of a leader in the field.” Phil deferred medical school for a year
to complete his Fulbright. He is currently an M.D. candidate at Ohio State University College of Medicine.
2017 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Nicholas Terranova graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2018. The summer
after his junior year, Nick spent 11 weeks running and processing magnetic simulations at the National Institute for Standards
in Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, as part of his Summer Undergraduate Research
Fellowship (SURF) internship. The findings of the simulation data will help further research on nanoparticles, which
could inform a possible solution to the problem of temperature measurement of matter
inside a large volume, current methods for which are impractical. To culminate his 11 weeks in the program, Terranova gave a 15-minute presentation
on this topic as it pertains to his research dealing with these magnetic thin films,
winning the award for the best talk in the Physical Measurement Laboratory’s Physics
2017 Lilly Graduate Fellowship - Elisa Torres (PhD Philosophy Candidate)
Elisa Torres is an M.A. student in Philosophy at the University of Dallas where she plans to earn
her PhD through the University’s Institute of Philosophic Studies. Graduating Belmont
Abbey College in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Theology, she also completed minors
in Christianity & Culture, Medieval Studies, and Political Philosophy. Torres was
a member of the St. Thomas More Scholarship program, and in her senior year was given
the “Outstanding St. Thomas More Scholar” award. Torres was also the English Department’s
"Student of the Year," and wrote her senior thesis on the concept of “pietas” in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Torres hopes to continue the interdisciplinary approach of her undergraduate work
during her time at the University of Dallas. While focusing on such topics as anamnesis,
piety, convention/nature, and the art of dialectic, Torres plans to maintain a deeply
literary and political engagement with such philosophical ideas.
2017 Lilly Graduate Fellowship - Bridget Safranek (BA Philosophy, '17)
In the fall of 2017, Bridget began the MA/PhD program in philosophy at the Catholic
University of America as a fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at CUA. She plans
to focus on ethics and metaphysics as the fundamental foundations for bioethics, and
is also interested in virtue ethics and natural law theory.
2015 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (Germany)
Anthony Kersting, a 2015 Physics graduate with a German concentration, was awarded
a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year. Anthony completed
research in observational astronomy where he investigated dwarf nova ASASSN-14cv.
He was also a member of lyric theater and Collegium Cantorum while at UD.
2015 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
Will Chavey, a 2015 Economics and Finance graduate with a concentration in Applied
Mathematics, was a 2015 Rhodes Scholar Finalist in the Houston Region. To make it
to the Finalist stage is quite an accomplishment, as the Rhodes Scholarship is a highly
competitive award with only 30 grants awarded nationwide. As a UD undergraduate Will
had an internship at Goldman Sachs, served in House Speaker John Boehner's office,
helped start the University of Dallas Investment Club and the Alexander Hamilton Society,
and he was President of Student Government, in addition to many other accomplishments,
service, and intellectual achievements.
2015 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Mary Zischkau graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2016. Mary conducted
research at the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) to design a
new manonmeter to replace the toxic Hg manometers currently in use to calibrate pressure
instruments. Mary was also a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar at the University of Dallas.
2014 DOE Undergraduate Nuclear Energy Scholarship
2015 Chemistry graduate Aaron French was awarded a Department of Energy Undergraduate
Nuclear Energy Scholarship. These $5,000 scholarships are awarded to only 70 students
nationwide and have been given to students at only 63 other universities.
2014 Fulbright Research Assistantship (England) & 2013 Goldwater Scholarship
2014 Biology graduate Sebastian Scofield was given a Fulbright Student Award for the
2014-2015 academic year to study and complete research at the University of East Anglia
in England. Sebastian will pursue an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation working
under Professor Andrew Bourke, a leading research scientist in the field. As a junior,
Sebastian was a 2013 Goldwater Scholar.
2013 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (Germany)
Michaela Sobrak-Seaton, Philosophy graduate with a German concentration (2013) was
awarded a German Pdagogischer Austauschdienst, which is to say a Fulbright Teaching
Assistantship, for the 2013-14 academic year.
2012 Madison Memorial Fellowship Recipient
Jennifer Venable won a Madison Memorial Fellowship in 2012. Jennifer is currently
a Master of American Studies candidate at the University of Dallas, and she teaches
AP government at Waxahachie High School. Jennifer found the required application
process to be challenging, but well worth the effort. She particularly enjoyed the
required one-month period of summer study at Georgetown University.
2012 NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient and 2011 Goldwater Scholarship
Anna Marie DeLaRosa graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.S. in Chemistry
in 2012. Anna Marie is currently in graduate school at Texas A&M University in the
research group of Dr. Franois P. Gabbai.
2012 NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient
Monica Lacy graduated from the University of Dallas in 2010 with a B.S. in Physics.
Monica received the NSF Graduate Fellowship to conduct research in biophotonics
at Vanderbilt University.
2011 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship (France) - Therese Couture (BA English, '11)
2009 NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient
David Solis graduated from UD in 2008 with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics.
David will receive his Ph.D. from Rice University in May 2013. On the day he successfully
defended his Ph.D. thesis, David was told he had also won the Robert Lowry Patten
Award for his service to the graduate student community and for his achievements.
2008 Fulbright Recipient (Switzerland)
After graduating from the University of Dallas with a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in
Mathematics in May 2008, Will Spearman went to Switzerland on a Fulbright Scholarship
in order to conduct research at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research).
Will currently is working towards a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics at Harvard University
and was recently a co-author on the Higgs discovery paper.
A more complete list of UD Fulbright recipients can be found here.