UNLV students selected for Fulbright Scholarship
UNLV students Cheryl Anderson and Bradley Davey were recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship and given the opportunity to work abroad for nine months.
Anderson currently has a master’s degree in bioarchaeology and a Ph.D in anthropology. She has been studying the lives of the Anatolia people for the last three years and plans to use her scholarship to continue her research of the skeletal remains in Kaman-Kalehöyük, Turkey for her thesis.
She will be study how inequalities in human history are connected to poor health and early death. Anderson also plans to use the knowledge that the ancient people were undergoing shifts in political-economy and subsistence to analyze how humans adapt and survive when faced with periods of cultural change.
Her passion for archaeology stems from her love of directly examining the past through materials found in the present.
Davey has a bachelor’s degree in German, though he began his education at the College of Southern Nevada after enrolling in chemistry and pre-med classes.
He conducted studies with the Desert Research Institute while he was studying the sciences, but changed his course of study after taking an introductory class in German language.
Dean of the UNLV Honors College Marta Meana said Davey is just as comfortable with organic chemistry as he is with translating German poetry.
Davey struggled early on in his life, losing his father to suicide at the age of five, He had a tense relationship with his mother and dropped out of high school at the age of 16. He was encouraged by UNLV alum Kyle George to go back to school and is currently working with The Lincy Institute at the university, focusing on educational policy.
He spent some time living with a host family in Germany through UNLV’s study abroad program prior to receiving the scholarship and will be using it to give students in Germany a perspective on American culture, education and politics.
Despite the difficulties he’s had to deal with, Davey has come a long way in proving to students that their pasts don’t have to hinder their potential for success.
The Fulbright Scholarship was started over 60 years ago and gives students the opportunity to undertake international graduate studies, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching all around the world.
The program operates in over 140 countries and awards scholarships to around 1900 students every year. It has among its alumni ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers.