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Recent UT graduate Jordan Bakke has received a Fulbright award to spend the next year as an English teaching assistant in Kazakhstan.

Bakke, of Antioch, Tennessee, graduated in May with a degree in international development through the College Scholars program. He had been named a Fulbright alternate but was offered an award last week.

“The Fulbright gives me an incredible opportunity to further increase my understanding of development by living, working, and studying through the Kazakh education system, which will open me up to new and interesting perspectives in a region that is often neglected in American culture and media,” Bakke said.

Counting Bakke, UT now has nine students—its largest number to date—who have received prestigious Fulbright US Student Program awards to study or teach abroad for the 2017–18 academic year. Those already awarded:

  • Nicholas Campbell, of Maryville, Tennessee, a May graduate in Hispanic studies and Latin American and Caribbean studies who will be a teaching assistant in Colombia.
  • Esther Choo, of Knoxville, a May graduate in anthropology with a concentration in disasters, displacement, and human rights who will be studying in South Korea.
  • Alina Clay, of Memphis, a May graduate in gender, politics, and policy with a focus in Latin America and Eastern Europe through the College Scholars programwho will be studying in Latvia.
  • Eric Peters, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a May graduate in economics and international business through the Global Leadership Scholars program who will be studying in Hungary.
  • Joel Runnels of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a doctoral student in deaf education who will be studying in Ghana.
  • Colleen Ryan of Cookeville, Tennessee, a Haslam Scholar May graduate in global studies and honors sociology who will be studying in the United Kingdom.
  • Meghan Stuart of Johnson City, Tennessee, a senior graduating in August with a triple majoring in physics, honors math, and computer sciencewho will be studying in Hungary.

The ninth student, Alexis Burnham of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a 2016 UT graduate, was offered a Fulbright award but will instead complete a two-year European Union–funded fellowship in France, Spain, Scotland, and Germany.

Read more about all of the UT students receiving Fulbrights for the coming year here.

For more information about the Fulbrights and other major student awards, contact UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships.



Andrew Seidler, UT Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, (865-974-3518,

Katherine Saxon (865-974-8365,