Emily Collins, a 2017 graduate of the University of Dallas, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Andernach, Germany. Her ten-month assignment begins in September.
An English and Economics double major, Collins lived in Germany as a child, an experience which helped her decide to concentrate in German at UD. As part of her concentration, she worked as a marketing and communications intern at the Dallas Goethe Center, where she interacted with other staff members in German.
Collins gained classroom experience while at UD by teaching German to third graders at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic school. “I created my own lesson plans centered around the German version of “Little Red Riding Hood” (“Rotkaeppchen”),” she said. “Each week I taught them different vocabulary pertaining to the story–first food vocabulary, then parts of the body, family members, clothing, furniture, etc. I then reinforced the vocabulary with songs and activities.”
Collins believes this combination of experience made her Fulbright application competitive. “Having been exposed to a non-profit and teaching the class was a plus,” she said. Collins said that the application process consisted of two essays and an on-campus interview. Her application was then sanctioned by the university and submitted for the award.
During her time in Germany, Collins is looking forward to becoming part of the Andernach community. “One of the most important aspects of the program is community involvement,” she said. “One of the application questions asks what you would do to become part of the community.”
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University of Dallas alumnus Phillip Wozniak (BA Biology ‘15) has been awarded a Fulbright Research Award to conduct medical research in Spain. He will be conducting a pre-clinical trial that focuses 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 will focus on the use of medical nanotechnology to develop the treatment.
Wozniak is currently 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.”
Wozniak will defer medical school for a year in order to conduct the research. And although he understands that the transition won’t be easy, he thinks his time at UD helped prepare him to live abroad. “Having the Rome experience helped me understand at least some of what I will be in store for me in Spain,” he said.
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