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SIB alumna Deniz Namik awarded Fulbright grant

Deniz Namik is among 14 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and recent alumni who were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences across the globe this coming year. She earned a bachelor’s in integrative biology and Spanish in May.

Deniz Namik, of Algonquin, Illinois, and a graduate of Dundee-Crown High School, was offered an English Teaching Assistant position in Spain. Namik said being a daughter of refugees has driven her to teach and create opportunities for others who seek asylum in countries like Spain and the U.S. Namik has deferred admission to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry until after her Fulbright year.

Fourteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and recent alumni were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences across the globe this coming year.

The goal of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is to build international relationships to help solve global challenges. This flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S. government awards grants to students based on their academic and professional achievement as well as their demonstrated leadership potential. The Fulbright student program will fund approximately 2,100 U.S. citizens to travel abroad for the 2020-21 academic year. Some Illinois grantees declined their award due to program modifications put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, such as delayed departure dates and shortened programs.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 06/09/2020
Photo credits: Ether Bezugla