Award Winners

Congratulations to Our 2016-2017 Winners & Finalists! 

Mohamed Elzarka

Mohamed Elzarka was a Liberal Arts, International Human Rights, and Neurobiology major in the University Honors Program. He is the recipient of a Truman Scholarship, which is awarded to students dedicated to public service, and a Fulbright Study/Research grant to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mohamed will conduct mental health research with the Wings of Hope Foundation in Sarajevo on the development of psychosocial care as a result of the Yugoslav Civil War. He will explore the community-oriented nature of the organization’s work, and how this methodology is related to important determinants of mental healthcare access and outcomes. This research will help him complete his Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health, which he will earn in 2018. After completing his research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mohamed will pursue an MD/PhD. An MD, combined with a PhD, in either epidemiology or public health policy will allow him to practice medicine clinically as a neurologist or psychiatrist and contribute to public health policy on issues of mental health. He also hopes to one day mitigate the effects of, or slow the progression of, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions through his research. In 2016, Mohamed was named an Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes excellence in STEM research.

Madelyn Leembruggen

Madelyn LeembruggenMadelyn is double majoring in Astrophysics and Mathematics at UC where she also is a member of the University Honors Program, a Cincinnatus Scholar and a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Scholar. She plans to obtain a PhD in Physics to conduct theoretical cosmology research, teach at the university level, and communicate her research results through popular science literature and lectures.

Courtney Stockman

Courtney Stockman - As an engineering major, Courtney plans to earn her PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology with a focus on connective tissue disorders from a developmental perspective to develop mechanisms of repair.

Rickey Terrell

Rickey Terrell - Rickey is a third year Honors student majoring in Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) with an ultimate goal to obtain his PhD in Chemical Engineering. He is involved with many organizations across campus, including the RECON mentor program, the CEAS Tribunal, and AICHE. He also is active in research, working in the CEAS Protege Undergraduate Research Program.  He plans to conduct graduate research to develop technologies for fuel cell energy production for transportation applications, thus  providing cheap and clean energy on a global scale.

Rachel Walker - Photo by Jackie Stevens

Rachel C. Walker (B.M.’16), is the first UC student to receive the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman will allow Rachel to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She hopes to better understand public policy in order to implement greater cultural dialogue and forge musical partnerships between the US and China. Rachel C. Walker, student at the College Conservatory of Music, graduated in the fall of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Composing. Rachel spent a year of her undergraduate career researching Chinese music as a Visiting Scholar at the China Conservatory in Beijing. She is the Co-Founder of Cincinnati Soundbox, which advocates for contemporary composers from across the U.S, and engages new audiences with classical music.  She now joins the Schwarzman Scholar class of 2018.


Juliana Madzia is majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and she is in the University Honors Program. She has a strong interest in the sciences, and is highly involved with GlobeMed, which focuses on bringing health equity to underserved populations around the world. Another major part of her life is running varsity cross country and track for UC, something she only started doing during her junior year. She currently is conducting research on sexual health risks for African American women in high-prevalence HIV neighborhoods in Cincinnati and working at the Cincinnati Needle Exchange Project. Juliana is a 2017 Rhodes Finalist.


Corey-Levi Cloyd, German major and English Literature Minor, received a Fulbright Study/Research grant to complete a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural German Studies/German as a Foreign Language at the University of Gottingen. As a Master’s student, Corey will study the dynamic between immigrant and refugee populations and their host nations in the context of globalization. His research will focus on the growing fears of the loss of a German cultural “identity,” and the presumed pressure on German society to assimilate a myriad of cultures.  The goal of his research is to help facilitate immigrant and refugees’ desire for social integration and mutual understanding without succumbing to the urge for cultural assimilation. While in Germany, Corey will volunteer to teach English and/or German at a refugee center. Corey has served in the military as an Intelligence Analyst and plans to apply for Officer Candidate School. Upon completing his Fulbright, he hopes to become a Foreign Area Officer in the U.S. Army, a position which requires near native foreign language proficiency and extensive knowledge of a foreign culture, with Europe as his regional area of concentration. His immersion in German language and cultural as a Fulbright Student will help bring him closer to achieving these goals. 


Avery Maddox, a Biomedical Engineering major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Vietnam. Avery is passionate about education and has served as a TA at Chongqing University in China, in addition to his TA, tutoring, and mentorship experience at UC. In addition to his responsibilities teaching English, Avery also plans to further engage his Vietnamese students by forming a programming club and choir. Avery, who plans to attend medical school upon his return from Vietnam, will volunteer at local clinics while abroad. His experience will help prepare him for the future; as a doctor, Avery hopes to volunteer internationally through organizations like Doctors Without Borders.


Samantha McLean, a Master of Community Planning student, received a Fulbright Study/Research grant to Senegal to study green infrastructure, the use of natural landscapes to manage functions such as storm water drainage. She is particularly interested in how green infrastructure can be implemented to preserve a UNESCO World Heritage site facing climate change threats in Saint Louis, Senegal, as well as the over-all environmental, social, and economic benefits to the community. While in Senegal, Samantha looks forward to immersing herself in the local culture and volunteering with a local nonprofit, Bridge Kids International. Samantha will combine her graduate thesis work and her Fulbright research into a dissertation proposal for a doctorate program.  As a student and professional in urban planning, she wants to contribute to the relatively new approach to using green infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in urban heritage sites. 


Wyatt Neihaus, a 2012 graduate of DAAP’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, received a Fulbright Study/Research grant to study at the Sandberg Instituut graduate program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. A photographer who has worked with film and sculpture, the Sandberg Instituut’s interdisciplinary emphasis is well-aligned with Wyatt’s artistic ambitions. After completing his undergraduate studies at DAAP, Wyatt traveled to Japan to take photographs and film at an industrial robotics factory. Wyatt was interested in how the iconography of the factory has changed in the advent of automation and robotics. The photographs and short videos produced have been exhibited in major galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Luma Foundation in Zurich, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. As he completes his graduate studies in Amsterdam, Wyatt intends to continue his investigations into globalism and its influence on regional cultures. He aims to complete an artist book on the historic legacy of the commercial ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In addition to his work as a photographer and short-film maker, Wyatt hopes to start an academic career as an instructor.