Three University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

The honorees will conduct research in Poland, Brazil and the Netherlands

June 24, 2021

In May 2021, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program announced three University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus graduate students were awarded grants for the 2021-22 academic year. Students will join international researchers to study skin cancer, mathematics, and engineering.  

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

“I am thrilled that these CU Denver students will get the experience of working in a foreign country,” said Catherine Ebert-Gray, Director of Global Education at CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. “The Fulbright Program is a wonderful acknowledgement of hard work, persistence, and skill. These three students should be proud to be accepted into such a prestigious program.” 

Odalis Castro 
Odalis will carry out her Fulbright grant in Kraków, Poland where she will conduct skin cancer research, specifically skin cancer cells and proteins. Odalis graduated with a degree in bioengineering from CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in spring 2021.  

As a Fulbright recipient, Odalis’ goal is to serve as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. abroad while simultaneously establishing an international collaboration in the sciences. She hopes to showcase the presence of Hispanic culture in the U.S. and at the same time immerse herself in Polish culture and collaborate with international scientists.

Peyton Gibson  
Peyton will travel to the Netherlands during her Fulbright program. She’s pursuing a master’s in spatial economics at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She graduated from CU Denver in spring 2021 with a master’s in transport engineering. 

Once back in the United States, Peyton plans to use her research to advocate for spatial planning reforms throughout the U.S. She will help mayors, governors, or other decision-makers design and implement policies to focus on equitable outcomes through infrastructure planning. 

Christina Ebben 
Christina will spend her Fulbright grant in Brazil working with Dr. Carlile Campos Lavor, IMECC and Dr. Aurelio Ribeiro Leite de Oliveira, IMECC at the University of Campinas. The work will be focused on modeling molecular structures. Christina is a graduate student in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at CU Denver.  

After her abroad experience, Christina plans to focus on her doctoral work with molecular modeling methods to add to her math research in radiation therapy treatment planning. She plans to speak at U.S. colleges and high schools regarding STEM research in Brazil and continue her work with STEM for Girls-UNICAMP to establish international connections for the program. 

“The Fulbright Scholarship Program continues to grow at CU Denver,” said Alana Jones, Interim Vice Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Success at University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. “We’re continuing to add more services to help students apply and narrow down which program best suits their interests, skills, and experiences.” 

In addition to the three award winners, CU Denver had two alternates, Ephrat “Ephi” Fisseha and Yasmine Dakhama. While they won’t be traveling abroad for research, the recognition by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is an extraordinary accomplishment. 

At the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, information about Fulbright scholarships is widely distributed to all students, and every interested student is provided with direct support for their application process. To learn more about the services offered through the Office of International Affairs visit https://www.ucdenver.edu/offices/international-affairs/resources/fulbright.