Belmont University seniors Lindsey Thompson and Gregory Maczko were recent awarded Fulbright Program grants for overseas teaching and research. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Thompson, a music cognition major from Little Rock, Ark., has received the prestigious Fulbright Award to study at Goldsmiths, University of London beginning in September. Lindsey will be pursuing her master’s degree at Goldsmiths, University of London, specifically a Master of Science in Music, Mind and Brain. This program will last a calendar year, and the Fulbright Award consists of £20,000 (approximately $32,000) to put toward tuition and living expenses. She will go to London in mid-September and return to the U.S. the following September. As a student in Belmont’s Honors program, Thompson’s degree was concentrated on Neuroscience and Music Theory. Her honors thesis was on music in short-term memory.
“I’m really excited about the program because it’s the only one of its kind in the whole world… I did quite a bit of dancing and phone calling,” Thompson said.
Gregory Maczko, a Presidential Scholar and German major from Franklin, Tenn., received an English Teaching Assistantship at a secondary school in Austria. The program is administered by the Fulbright Commission for the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. Maczko will split his time between two schools, located in Horn and Retz, where he will teach students between the ages of 14 and 18.