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2018-07-11 / Education

Will East grad receives Fulbright to study psychology in Nigeria

Kala Allen Kala Allen Kala Allen of East Amherst has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to study psychology in Nigeria from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Allen will conduct research at the World Health Organization at the University of Ibadan as part of a project to understand mental health and suicide in the Christian and Yoruba community. Allen is a 2012 graduate of Williamsville East High School.

She won her first 400m high school state championship as an eighth-grader in 2008. She went on to win subsequent state championships in that event in 2010 and 2012. Allen received an athletic scholarship to Miami University and holds two school records in relays.

She graduated cum laude from Miami University in 2016 before beginning work as a research assistant at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

She currently works as a clinical research specialist at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. After the completion of her Fulbright work, Allen has been accepted at Oxford University, where she will complete a master of science degree in psychological research.

Allen is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 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 record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists 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 areas while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state.

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