2013 mechanical engineering graduate Jamie Branch is one of five University of Kansas students to receive a prestigious Fulbright award for the 2013-14 academic year.
Branch received a Fulbright grant to New Zealand, where she will work within a biomechanics research group at the University of Auckland, evaluating the kinematics and kinetics that affect the knee joint in individuals with cerebral palsy. This will prepare Branch with the background and experience to apply similar analysis to persons with Down syndrome later in her graduate career. Branch has additionally been awarded a Whitaker Fellowship, which supports international work in the area of bioengineering and related fields.
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
The U.S. Student Fulbright program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and, where relevant, tuition. Since the program’s inception in 1946, 443 KU students, including this year’s awardees, have been awarded Fulbrights.