Claudia Segura ’18, a Political Science major, has been named a semifinalist for a research award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fulbright will make a final decision on her application between March and May.
If selected as a finalist, Segura will travel to Cape Town, South Africa to research how racial tensions in education affects nation building. Segura’s research will develop after-school programs that aim to alleviate the tensions of students.
“I’m so proud of myself for making it this far,” said Segura. “I never thought my proposal would be selected. Even if my proposal isn’t selected, I’m happy to have made it this far.”
Segura studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in spring 2016, after receiving the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the 2015-16 academic year, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Each year, U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world.