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Shreyas Sreenath receives Fulbright Study Grant

July 2011
Shreyas Sreenath receives Fulbright Study Grant

Shreyas Sreenath is learning Bengali this summer before living in Bangladesh for nine months as a Fulbright scholar, researching the effect of the monsoon season on human nutrition. The 22-year-old came to the United States with his parents from Bangalore 10 years ago, entered Duluth Middle School as a sixth    grader, and in only three months was Student of the Month. He went to Emory University with a scholarship and graduated this May with an Economics/Anthropology major.

His first study abroad trip was to Jodhpur, India, for research in micro-economics (impact of dairy development on economically weaker households). He then went to Kenya on an internship from the International Livestock Research Institute, and later spent six months in Uganda in charge of a team of Ugandan university students. In Atlanta, he helped Somali refugees, taught underprivileged kids at Americorps’ Jumpstart program, and was involved in Students for a Free Tibet.

All these experiences led him to apply for the Fulbright grant. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program works with nonprofits, embassies and binational commissions to fund research and teaching.

Sreenath is one of four Georgia students receiving a Fulbright scholarship this year. His research will be through the Anthroplogy Department of Dhaka University and CARE Bangladesh. He plans to start his doctoral program after his return, on his way to becoming a professor.

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