Twelve University of Georgia students have been awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2014-15 academic year, the second largest number of recipients eclipsed only by the 17 students accepted for the 2012-13 academic year.

Eight of the 12 have accepted the grants with four deciding to decline them in favor of other opportunities. 

Among the recipients are: 

Tiffany Brown, who completed a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, will spend the bulk of her time at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, teaching English, leading conversation clubs, giving private tutorials and hosting a program at the university’s English radio station.

DeAnne Cantrell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in German, will return to Germany, where she studied for 11 months as an undergraduate on an academic exchange in Bavaria. For her Fulbright year, Mis Cantrell will be placed in a school in Niedersachsen, where Saxon dialects are utilized.

Christian Conroy, who recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science, will take leave from his current position at Global Skills X-Change in Washington, D.C., an applied behavioral research firm specializing in education research and workforce training, to return to China to explore education reform.

Winn Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs at UGA and studied for a year as an undergraduate in Kazakhstan, will spend his Fulbright year in Croatia to study the country’s bilateral relations.

Brett Heimlich, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at UGA, will take a year off from his pursuit of a joint medical and doctoral degree at Georgia Regents University to team with UNC Project-Malawi (a collaboration between the University of North Carolina and the Malawi Ministry of Health) to address gaps in sickle cell diagnosis and treatment and establish the foundation for future sickle cell research in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to his research efforts, he plans to partner with local pediatricians to create a community education program for sickle cell disease within Malawi. The program will be modeled after a successful diabetes education program he helped develop in a low-income neighborhood in Augusta.

Sara Hobe, who completed a master’s degree in classical languages at UGA, will begin her doctoral studies in Germany at the University of Freiburg. During her Fulbright year, she will conduct research exploring how the comic playwrights of ancient Greece grappled with contemporaneous scientific ideas.

Christine Pardue, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, will teach conversational English at a high school in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Pardue previously worked as an English teacher in a Hungarian kindergarten, as an English and a second language conversation tutor, and as a tutor to underserved students in the Athens area.

Lauren Satterfield, who earned a master’s degree in wildlife conservation, plans to collect, share and develop data on some 85 caves in Cyprus.

For more information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, click here or contact Maria de Rocher, assistant director of the Honors Program, at