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Award Winners

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Christopher Aucoin

Christopher Aucoin (Ph.D. ‘18) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Research Grant to Canada. Christopher is a stratigraphic paleobiology doctoral candidate in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences. While in Canada, Christopher will study stratigraphical correlations between the US Mid-continent and southern Ontario in order to understand how climate, tectonics, and sea level changes during the Ordovician age (450 million years ago) affected the paleoecology and paleogeography of the area. He also plans to volunteer his time in science museums in both Ottawa and Toronto, talk to students at local schools, provide public lectures about his research, and develop his creative writing skills in order to write children’s books about paleontology. Christopher was inspired to research in Canada because of the country’s important contemporaneous strata that relates to his research. Christopher has been published in the Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences and has presented numerous abstracts at geology conferences internationally. Christopher earned his B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Geology from SUNY College of Oneonta and earned his M.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. After completing his grant, Christopher plans to return to UC to finish his PhD and then start a career as professor of geology and paleontology, with an emphasis in educating the public about science.

Simon Barrad

Simon Barrad (M.M. ‘15) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Arts Grant to Finland. Simon is a Voice student at CCM. While in Finland, Simon will study, teach, and perform at the Metropolia University and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and plans to use Finnish and American song as a bridge for cultural exchange. Simon was inspired to apply for the Fulbright to Finland because of his interest in Finnish art song and because his grandfather’s family lives there. While a student at UC, Simon has been a soloist at the Cincinnati Opera, sang the title role in Owen Wingrave for CCM Mainstage Opera, and has performed in various recitals and religious services. In April, Simon will be performing as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for the CCM Mainstage Opera. Simon earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance from CSU Long Beach. After completing his Fulbright grant, Simon plans to return to the US to continue gaining performance experience.

Natalie Douglass

Natalie Douglass (DMA ‘15) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Research Grant to Hungary. Natalie will graduate with her doctorate in Horn Performance from CCM this May. While in Hungary, Natalie will earn her Kodály Music Pedagogy diploma at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, which she plans to use as postdoctoral research for her dissertation topic, aural teaching techniques for the French horn. While a student at UC, Natalie performed in Oman, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland and was the opening lecture at the International Horn Society Symposium in London. Natalie earned a M.M. in French Horn Performance and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing her Fulbright grant, Natalie plans to use Kodály methods to improve the way brass performance is taught to young performers.

Sarah Hulsman

Sarah Hulsman (B.S. ’15) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. Sarah is a Cincinnatus Scholarship recipient who was a student in the College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Services majoring in Sport Administration and minoring in Business. While in Korea, Sarah will be teaching English and plans to pursue a side project that will allow her to utilize sport diplomacy while working with the Fulbright North Korean Defectors English Education Program. Sarah was inspired to teach English in Korea after visiting the country with the Sport Administration department at UC in 2013 and because of her interest in seeing how the country will prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics. On campus she was involved with the Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities as a Peer Leader and a Peer Leader Captain for two years. Sarah was also the President of the Society of Sport Leaders, a charter member of the Eta Zeta chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a member of the Cincinnatus Honorary Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary. Off campus, Sarah has spent time interning for the Florence Freedom, Cincinnati Reds, and the United States Olympic Committee. After completing her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Sarah plans to pursue a dual master’s degree (MBA/Masters in Sport Administration) with the ultimate goal of working in the international sport industry within the Olympic movement or sport diplomacy realm. 

Julia Seeholzer

Julia Seeholzer (M.M. ‘15) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Arts Grant to Poland. Julia is a Composition student at CCM.  While in Poland, Julia will study at the Fryderyk Chopin University and plans to compose a cantata for the Musica Sacra choir. Julia was inspired to travel to Poland because of the country’s traditional and modern choral repertoire, which informs her own work. While a student at UC, Julia served as the Secretary of the Society of Composers Club, Director of the Huls’ Angels Chamber Choir, Student Coordinator for the Midwest Composer Symposium, and as a mentor to undergraduate composition students.  Julia earned a B.M. in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music. After completing her Fulbright grant, Julia plans to return to the US to pursue a DMA.


Alexia Gaines

Alexia Gaines (B.S. ‘19) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Boren Scholarship to study in South Korea. Alexia is an Electrical Engineering student in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. While in Korea, Alexia will study at Korea University in Seoul in order to increase her knowledge of the Korean language. At UC, Alexia has been involved as a Campus Tour Guide, a member of the AACRC Gospel Choir, and an Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society Member. Alexia is a member of the University Honors Program and is a recipient of a Darwin T. Turner Plus Scholarship and a Cincinnatus University Scholarship. After she graduates from UC, Alexia plans to merge her interest in languages with the technical knowledge of Electrical Engineering in order to pursue a career in a government agency or other aspect of the security industry.


Matthew Davenport

Matthew Davenport (B.S. ‘17) is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Goldwater Scholarship. Matthew is a Cincinnatus Scholar studying Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Neuroscience in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Matthew has conducted research on Fragile X Syndrome, and his research has resulted in professional patents, journal publications, and was presented at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. Matthew has received research grants for his research and is the recipient of the SEEBME Scholarship, UC Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering Scholarship, and the Cliff Stegman Scholarship. Matthew is also a member of the Cum Laude Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and has been on the Dean’s List. Outside the classroom, Matthew is also involved as a volunteer at Imago Nature Preserve, serves on the Engineering Tribunal, and participates in UC’s Billiards Club. After graduation, Matthew plans to attain a PhD in Neuroscience and pursue a research career investigating neural circuit dysfunction relating to learning and memory.


Gregory Ziton

Gregory Ziton (’17), a student in the Lindner College of Business, has been accepted into the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship program to study at the American University in Dubai. Greg is majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Business Analytics and is a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholar, and a member of the University Honors Program. While at UC, Greg has taken on various leadership roles, including serving as a Learning Community Leader in the Lindner College of Business PACE Program, the Vice President of Recruiting for the Kolodzik Business Scholars Association, Vice President of Finance for the Lindner Ambassadors program, and Director of Internal Affairs for the Lindner Finance Club. Greg is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and volunteers with the Bearcat Buddies program. Greg is from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School.


2013-2014 Award Recipients

Michelle Dietz is the winner of an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. In the spring of 2014, she received her MA from UC in German and Jewish Studies. While in Germany, she hopes to engage in volunteer work with the elderly in care facilities or hospitals. Ultimately, Michelle aims to complete a PhD in German Studies and become a professor.

Trishia Mudd is the winner of an English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic. She graduated from UC in the spring, receiving a BS in Secondary Education: Language Arts, and Psychology and English. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Trishia hopes to volunteer with the Youth in Action Programme in the Czech Republic, encouraging young people to participate in volunteer work abroad. Her future goals include completing her TESOL certification and pursuing doctoral studies in Literacy, Language, and Culture.

Cheryl Nachbauer is the winner of a Research Grant to Chile. In partnertship with her affiliates there, she “will design a comprehensive and culturally specific disaster relief housing strategy that transcends the reconstruction process to include recovery of the individual.” Cheryl's project fits into her broader aspiration to dedicate her career to executing holistic disaster relief solutions that address natural disasters by incorporating local building materials. Ultimately, her career goals is to establish a nonprofit firm that focuses on designing architecture that heals. Cheryl is a UC alum who received her MA in Architecture in 2009.

Fotina Naumenko is the winner of a Research Grant to Russia. While there, she will study at St. Petersburg Conservatory, researching Russian vocal music and opera. Her work will culminate in the “creation of a program for American singers to learn to sing in Russian” in order to make performing Russian music more accessible to American singers and increase performance of Russian music in USA. Fotina aims to establish a Russian diction website, creating a “rich cultural resource.” Fotina is a UC aulm who received her MM in Voice in 2012; she will return to CCM in the fall of 2015 to begin working towards her DMA.

Will McIlwain, Rangel Fellowship Recipient

Will McIlwain is a 2013 Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Fellowship is a highly competitive program that selects only 20 Fellows nationwide. In addition to the Rangel Fellowship, Will has also received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the William J. Clinton Scholarship to study at the American University in Dubai. He is one of the 2013 UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipients.