Christopher Newport Announces Fulbright Scholarship Winners for the 2016-17 Academic Year - Christopher Newport University


Christopher Newport Announces Fulbright Scholarship Winners for the 2016-17 Academic Year

Two students selected for prestigious international awards.

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Two Christopher Newport students, Brook Byrd, a senior physics major, and Nathan Siemenski, a senior English and political science double-major, were named Fulbright Scholarship winners, making this the first year CNU has had multiple winners.

"I am thrilled that two of our distinguished seniors have been named Fulbright fellows," says Provost David Doughty. "These multiple awardees showcase the strength of our degree programs and Christopher Newport’s commitment to undergraduate research."

Byrd will be pursuing a research Fulbright fellowship. She will attend the University of Liverpool in England to work with the Institute of Translational Medicine to earn a master of philosophy in radiotherapy. Byrd says, "My life goal has always been to help people through research, therefore I am very excited to get this opportunity to perform research with direct clinical applications."

Sieminski will teach English in a high school in South Korea next year. He will also continue his research in Korean foreign policy studying the ongoing conflict between the Koreas. Sieminski says, "The Fulbright program’s main mission is to enable cross-cultural connection that can deepen ties between the United States and countries around the world. I look forward to taking part in that mission."

Siemenski and Byrd are joined by over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. To learn more, visit

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