Alexandra Hauke, a senior majoring in biological engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been chosen as one of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and assist teachers abroad for the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant.
Hauke, 22, of Greensboro, North Carolina, received the Fulbright–Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for Graduate Studies and PhD Research in Science and Technology and will spend nine months in Vienna, Austria to conduct research on waste-to-energy systems at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. Her research proposal is titled “Evaluation and Reduction of Methane Emissions from European Biogas Plants.” She plans to become a licensed environmental engineer focusing on sustainability and waste management.
Established in 1946 with legislation from the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program; it is designed to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and over 160 countries around the world through the exchange of citizens, who then build lasting connections and use their international experiences to enhance their ability to lead within their field. The Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which claims 59 Nobel Prize winners, 84 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 37 heads of state and government as Program alumni.
Originally published May 8, 2019.