Sixteen University of Pennsylvania students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright grants for the 2020–21 academic year, including nine undergraduates and one graduate student in the Class of 2020. Among them is Adithya Sriram, who graduated from Penn’s Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) in May.
“The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides an exceptional opportunity for American students to forge international relationships through educational and cultural exchange,” says Jane Morris, executive director of Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, which supports applicants. “Fulbright students from Penn represent not only our country abroad, but they also serve as outstanding ambassadors for Penn.”
Adithya Sriram, from Columbus, Ohio, graduated in May from the College, where he was a major in physics and biophysics, and from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, as a major in chemical engineering. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Germany. At Penn Sriram co-wrote and designed the curriculum and lab activities to reinstate an academically based service course, Physics 137, and worked with Moelis Access Science in the Netter Center for Community Partnerships to teach physics in West Philadelph
ia classrooms. As part of physics Professor A.T. Charlie Johnson’s group, he has performed research on point-of-care diagnostic devices using graphene field effect transistors. Sriram is a recipient of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award and the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Scholarship. Upon completion of his Fulbright he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics.
Read about the rest of Penn’s Fulbright Scholars at Penn Today.