Press Release for Thursday, May 14, 2020
UNF Student Receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
Media Relations Director
University of North Florida
The University of North Florida is pleased to announce that
Kaitlynn Himmelreich has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in
Education for the 2020-21 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and
the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
graduated Summa Cum Laude from UNF this May and earned two degrees, a Bachelor
of Arts in Deaf Education and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She
was an active member of UNF’s Hicks Honors College and the recipient of several
awards for academic excellence throughout her collegiate career.
will conduct research abroad for the 2020-21 academic year through the
Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on
the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of
service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
are very proud of Kaitlynn—she availed herself of experiences that the Hicks
Honors College offers, such as funded study abroad and funded undergraduate
research, in order to become the exceptional scholar and global citizen that
made her competitive for this award,” said Dr. Jeffery Chamberlain, dean of
UNF’s Hicks Honors College.
her Fulbright project, Himmelreich will travel to Cambodia to conduct her
research titled “Cambodian Sign Language: Development Process and Impacts on
Deaf Cambodians.” Through this research, she seeks to satisfy a need for
accessible instructional tools to teach Cambodian Sign Language to Cambodia’s
population of over 51,000 Deaf people. Specifically, she is interested in
developing a tool that can provide access to language learning for Deaf
Cambodians who reside in rural provinces.
in Cambodia, Himmelreich will collaborate with faculty at Cambodia Mekong
University in Phnom Penh and with the co-directors at the Deaf Development
Programme, a non-government organization that provides education, job training
and community development activities for the Deaf population in Cambodia.
is an incredibly devoted student. It was an honor to work with her to secure
this grant and help fulfill her mission of working with the Deaf community,”
said Dr. Tiffany Kershner, associate director of fellowships in Hicks Honors
College and administrator of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at UNF.
a 2016 graduate of Bishop Kenny High School, is UNF’s third Fulbright recipient
and first recipient of a research grant. UNF’s previous recipients, Amanda Wind
(2018) and Erica Langston (2011) were awarded English Teaching Assistantship
awards to Thailand and Bulgaria, respectively.
Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational
exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the
people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its
establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than
390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all
backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research,
exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international
concerns. Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines
while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the
long-term interests of the United States.