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Three Howard University students selected as Fulbright Scholars


Howard University announced this year that three of its students will have the honor of becoming Fulbright scholars.

The prestigious Fulbright US Student Program will allow students to travel to Greece, the UK and South Africa to research and represent the HBCU.

Students can also pursue higher education and teach English abroad while exchange students come to the United States through the Fulbright Visiting Scholars program.

Dating back to the early 1950s, Howard University has had a long list of program participants.

The three students the school has announced this year are: Rachel Ayankunbi, Ashleigh Brown-Grier and Carl Romer.

(Image: Rachel Ayankunbi/Howard University)

Ayankunbi, graduating this year summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, will study the role of epigenetic regulators in the development of bladder cancer. The Maryland native will be based at the Academy of Athens Biomedical Research Foundation, Greece.

(Image: Ashleigh Brown-Grier/Howard University)

Brun-Grier, a Ph.D. candidate in Howard’s Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program, will focus on the experiences of international students at HBCUs during COVID-19. She will spend nine months in South Africa for the 2022-2023 academic year, studying black institutions of higher learning and examining the apartheid-era inequalities that affected them and the impacts encountered during COVID-19. .

During her 2016-2017 academic year, Brown-Grier spent 10 months in a secondary school in Malaysia as a Fulbright English teaching assistant.

(Image: Carl Romer/Howard University)

Romer, who is also a graduate of Howard this year with a BS in economics and a minor in philosophy, will continue his studies in these fields at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, where he will prepare a master’s degree in economics and philosophy.

Since graduating, Romer has worked as an active member of the HU Chess Club. Since graduating, Romer has worked as an economic consultant and research assistant.

In his most recent role, Romer was a data analyst at UCLA’s California Policy Lab.

He was also an active member of the HU Chess Club, and he looks forward to bringing the skills he learned to the LSE Chess Society.

These three winners are among thousands selected over the years through the Fulbright US Student Program, in partnership with many other HBCU institutions across the country.