Courtney Lesoon and Elizabeth Yarina win Fulbright-Hays Scholarships

Elizabeth Yarina, a doctoral student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and Courtney Lesoon, a doctoral student in the Department of Architecture, have been awarded Fulbright-Hays Scholarships to support their full-time dissertation research abroad.

Two MIT doctoral students in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning have received the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. Courtney Lesoon and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Yarina are the first awardees from MIT in more than a decade.

The fellowship provides opportunities for doctoral students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies. Applicants anticipate pursuing a teaching career in the United States following completion of their dissertation. There were 138 individuals from 47 institutions named scholars for the 2021 cycle.

Full Article by Maria Iacobo, MIT News.