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Five Portland State Students Receive Fulbright Awards for International Research
Author: Laura C. Jundt, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8555
Posted: July 12, 2007

Portland State University students Andrew Eickman, Heather de Glanville Machado, Jean Kjellstrand, Clare Washington and Alder Phillips have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student scholarships to study abroad during the 2007-08 academic year.

These students are among over 1,300 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Student Program this year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

PSU Fulbright Student Recipients:

Andrew Eickmann, MS student, Urban Studies – The Netherlands
Research Title: “Making Room for Equity: Growth Management and Affordable Housing”

Andrew Eickmann will study sustainable regional planning through a combination of course work at the University of Amsterdam and independent field research. The focus of Eickmann’s study is the coordination of affordable housing and compact growth objectives in the Dutch system of urban and regional planning. He hopes to explore specific approaches to these issues as well as general perspectives in Dutch planning that might inform efforts to create sustainable cities and regions in the U.S.

Heather de Glanville Machado, MS student, Biology – Argentina
Research Title: “Plant Biodiversity and Environmental Variation”

Heather de Glanville Machado will be conducting a phylogeographic study in Argentina, taking a deeper look at the evolutionary history of the endemic genus, called Piriqueta. The purpose of this study is to get a better understanding of plant evolution in response to varying environmental conditions, which Machado hopes will move her closer to understanding how selective and non-selective forces will act upon species in years to come.

Jean Kjellstrand, PhD student, Social Work – Sweden
Research Title: “Child Resilience: Pathways to Health in Sweden and the United States”

Jean Kjellstrand will research the resilience and vulnerability of children in high-risk circumstances, focusing specifically on children with incarcerated parents. While abroad in Sweden, she will compare how researchers and professionals from two countries, Sweden and the United States, conceptualize and address trauma in children, and how social, political and cultural factors within each country promote resilience in children.

Alder Phillips, PhD student, Business – Mexico
Research Subject: Social impacts of microfinance programs

Alder Phillips will continue her second year in Oaxaca City, Mexico, with the Fulbright scholarship program conducting research in two rural communities outside Oaxaca. Her research is focused on microfinancing, specifically looking at whether or not such programs are helping to offset the impacts of globalization and curb urban migration in rural communities. She will also be looking at how microfinance programs are affecting gender roles, family dynamics and power within households.

Clare Washington, BS student, Arts & Letters and Black Studies – Trinidad and Tobago
Research Title: “Women and Resistance in the African Diaspora: Caribbean, Africa and USA”

Clare Washington will leave for Trinidad and Tobago to extend her research that she began as a McNair Scholar at PSU. Her research involves identifying and examining 19th and 20th century female leaders and resistance personalities in the African Diaspora and their contributions to the history and culture of their communities. Washington will spend her residence on the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. Fulbright recipients are among over 13,000 individuals participation in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.

Since its inception, the Fulbright Program had exchanged approximately 279,500 people – 105,400 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 174,100 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. The program operates in over 140 countries worldwide. For more information visit

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Debra Clemens (503-725-5859)
Office of International Affairs