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4 U students selected for Fulbright US Student Program Awards for 2024-25

The University of Utah’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) is pleased to announce that four students received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards and one was named as an alternate for the 2024-25 academic year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with support from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, this program enables academic exchanges between the United States and over 140 countries. Fulbright U.S. Student Program award recipients pursue graduate study, conduct research or serve as English teaching assistants abroad.

For the 2024-25 Fulbright competition, the U submitted 19 applications. This produced nine semi-finalists, which resulted in four recipients and one alternate. The recipient and alternate cohort represent multiple schools and colleges, including the College of Education, College of Humanities, College of Science, David Eccles School of Business and the Honors College.

“I am so proud of these students for receiving such a significant and impactful award,” Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Mitzi Montoya said. “The high number of applicants, semi-finalists and finalists from the U is indicative of the high caliber of students we have here. I’m grateful to our faculty and staff for supporting these students and providing a rich environment for them to thrive and achieve their goals.”

University of Utah Fulbright recipients and alternate

Alyssa Lee

B.A. in Elementary Education, Honors, Spring 2023

Lee will serve as an English teaching assistant in Taiwan.

“I am honored to receive a Fulbright award and so excited for everything I will learn by living and teaching in another country. I am passionate about continuous learning, including Mandarin study, and this first-hand experience will expand my global perspective and strengthen my ability to serve students in my future classrooms, whether they be in the U.S. or abroad.”

Zachery Thiede

B.A. in Latin and German, Spring 2024

Thiede will serve as an English teaching assistant in Germany.

“It is a great honor to receive a Fulbright award. I can’t wait to work as an ETA in the classroom and continue my German studies in Berlin next year. The Fulbright scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the world and other cultures in an entirely new way. If you get the chance to apply, seize it!”

Moses Samuelson-Lynn

B.S. in Math, B.A. in German, Honors, Spring 2024

Samuelson-Lynn will research “A New Set of Efficient Initial Variables for Cluster Algebras of Finite Mutation Type” at the Max Plank Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

“I am grateful for this award. The Fulbright application process also gave me a way to focus my interests and create a prospective roadmap for my future endeavors. I hope to remain involved with mathematical research and eventually become a research professor of pure mathematics.”

Catherine Warner

B.S. in Math, Spring 2019; Honors, Ph.D. in Math, Spring 2025

Warner will research “Semiduality Groups: An Analog of Duality Groups” at the University of Sannio in Benevento, Italy.

“I am very grateful to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and Fondazione CON IL SUD for supporting my research proposal. The application was a demanding process that required a lot of commitment, but it was absolutely worth it. I am excited to make the most of this opportunity.”

Lauren Lengel

B.S. in Information Systems and Accounting, Spring 2024

Lengel was selected as an alternate to serve as an English teaching assistant in South Korea.



Ginger Smoak, director of the University of Utah’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, celebrates the achievements of our Fulbright recipients:

“These students have proven their academic merit, their research talents and their readiness to travel abroad to take on new challenges. From Europe to Asia, they will use their knowledge and flexibility to enter the next stage of their studies or to engage in a truly transformative experience teaching English and embedding themselves in international communities. We at the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships are so excited for them.”

About the Fulbright Program

More than 2,000 Fulbright U.S. Students—recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals from all backgrounds—pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English in schools abroad each year. They are recognized alongside more than 800 faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals who teach or conduct research in affiliation with institutes abroad annually through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided over 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to exchange ideas, build people-to-people connections, and work to address complex global challenges. Notable Fulbrighters include 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 80 MacArthur Fellows, 41 heads of state or government, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

About the University of Utah's Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Fulbright applicants from the University of Utah were advised throughout the application process by ONCS. ONCS staff members assist outstanding students and alumni in developing competitive applications, preparing for interviews, and securing University endorsements for a variety of prestigious nationally competitive scholarships, including Fulbright. The 2025-26 Fulbright competition opened on April 2, 2024, and the University of Utah deadline is Aug. 30, 2024.

To learn more, contact Alison Shimko, the University of Utah’s Fulbright Director and the Associate Director of ONCS, at

While ONCS is housed in the Honors College, its staff works with students from all campus areas. To learn more, see