University of Idaho Student, Alumna Receive Fulbright Awards
April 07, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — April 7, 2020 — One student and one recent graduate from the University of Idaho’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2020-21 academic year.
Michael Bishop, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing from Waianae, Hawaii, received a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to New Zealand. There, Bishop will conduct research for a creative nonfiction project.
“My Fulbright grant will allow me to spend 10 months in New Zealand researching the geographies, ecologies, communities and worldviews that led to the designation of the North Island's Mount Taranaki as a legal person,” said Bishop, referring to the country's official recognition of the mountain as a living person. “I'll be able to experience, firsthand, the expansive notion of what it means for a mountain to be a legally protected ancestor spirit.”
Bishop will use this research to produce a collection of literary nonfiction writings, inspired by protecting natural resources around the globe.
“At a time when humanity's relationship to the more-than-human world is marked by widespread environmental degradation, mass extinctions and runaway climate change, I want to bear witness to successful efforts to resist these changes,” Bishop said.
Annarose Qualls, a 2019 alumna from Moscow who earned degrees in international studies, Spanish and Latin American studies, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Colombia. The ETA program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers.
“I discovered many years ago a love for teaching; it is fulfilling and joyful work,” Qualls said. “The Fulbright is an opportunity to deeper explore an incredible country, develop personally and professionally, and empower students to learn my native tongue.”
For Qualls, earning a Fulbright award is something she has been working toward for years, since learning of the program from Associate Professor of Spanish Ashley Kerr.
“I had never heard of the program and was mesmerized, immediately making it my goal,” Qualls said. “During my time at U of I, I pursued experiences that would prepare me as an applicant. I minored in Teaching English as a Second Language, studied abroad, led Alternative Service Breaks, participated in Model UN and researched international relations.”
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
“This year’s U of I Fulbright students are about to embark on exciting research and teaching opportunities that will not only enhance their professional growth, but also help fulfill the global missions of the University of Idaho and the Fulbright Program,” said Dilshani Sarathchandra, the university’s Distinguished Scholarships coordinator and assistant professor of sociology. “We are so excited for Annarose and Michael and hope this will be an invaluable experience for them.”
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