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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University Honors Six Fulbright Fellows

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2012) – Howard University has a proud tradition of producing national and international leaders. This year, Howard has been awarded six Fulbright fellows, the largest class in the University’s history.

The 2012-2013 Fulbright class includes: Shannon Chiles (Canada), Sheena Hall (India), Camille McCallister (New Zealand), Naa Koshie Mills (Colombia), Sarah Sharp (Egypt), and Tracey Mia Stewart (Jamaica).

The Fulbright Fellowship Program’s mission is to increase understanding between the United States and foreign countries. The national grant, funded by the U.S. Department of State, allows U.S. citizens or permanent residents to engage international communities through research and study or by teaching English abroad after earning Bachelor degrees. Grants cover travel and living costs for the academic year and necessary tuition at overseas universities.

Sheena Hall, a 2012 candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, has been awarded a Fulbright to India. Her English teaching assistantship includes creating workshops and after school programs that teach the basics of entrepreneurship and marketing for women.
Camille McCallister, a 2012 candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Biology, aims to examine the effectiveness of health communication interventions designed for members of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori community to educate and prevent diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.

Tracey Mia Stewart, a 2012 candidate for a Bachelor of Music in Music History, will spend her Fulbright year in Jamaica where she will explore the rhythmic patterns that link the music of the Akan of West Africa, Jamaican Maroons, and the Gullah of the United States.

Shannon Chiles, (B.S. ‘11) will travel to Canada to study the effects of menopause symptoms on the health and lives of women in the United States and Canada. Chiles’ research study will examine whether the severity of menopausal symptoms and/or negative mood are associated with memory in menopausal women. The projected number of participants for the study is 70 menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 60 years. The research study will be conducted at the University of Toronto.

Naa Koshie Mills, (B.A. ‘11) will spend the 2012-2013 academic year in Colombia.
Her project titled “Forging Partnerships for Change: Ethnic Education for Afro-Colombian Communities,” will examine the reach and effectiveness of ethno-education policies, or etnoeducación, in Colombia’s public education system.

Sarah Sharp, a Ph.D. student in African Studies, will travel to Egypt to research the contemporary arts of the country from the 1990s to the present.  Her work will examine the direction and development of contemporary art in Egypt, analyze how art addresses cultural and historical space, and reflect upon how the arts community displays and articulates social trends.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State sponsors the Fulbright Program.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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