Hannah Doskicz is a Fulbright grant winner and recent graduate from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Doskicz earned double majors — a B.S. in physiology and her B.A. in Spanish literature. She is currently working as a research technician at University of Arizona studying Alzheimer's Disease, as well as volunteering with Clínica Amistad, a free primary health clinic in South Tucson.
Doskicz first heard about the Fulbright Scholarship in her sophomore year through the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS). The Fulbright Program is a federally funded grant that supports study, research, or teaching in more than 130 countries. The goal of the program is to foster mutual relationships and understanding with other cultures and nations. After participating in an application development program over summer and working closely with the faculty at ONCS to curate the best application possible, Doskicz finally hit submit.
“When I opened my finalist notification letter, I burst into tears — the application process was a grueling and rewarding experience. Becoming a finalist meant that I was worthy of being a Fulbright grantee, and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work within a culture that I have come to adore.”
Doskicz is going to be teaching English abroad in Mexico, and hopes to improve her cultural and linguistic knowledge, as well as foster cross-cultural connections between the U.S. and Mexico.
“I feel so thankful to have learned as much as I could about Spanish and the associated culture while living in the states, but I am eager for the opportunities that studying abroad provides,” said Doskicz.
After Doskicz spends time abroad teaching in Mexico, she has plans to work as a certified medical interpreter while she applies for medical school. From her volunteer experience at Clínica Amistad, Doskicz has expressed that whatever she ends up doing career-wise, she wants to work with Spanish speaking communities. She receives inspiration from her patients at Clínica Amistad who overcome adversity and, as a future physician, hopes to improve health inequities and provide holistic medical care to those who are under-served.
“Hannah Doskicz will serve as an ETA in Mexico, bringing a love of Mexican culture and the Spanish language to her role. Hannah has immersed herself in Spanish-speaking environments in Tucson as part of her commitment to communicating effectively with Spanish speakers; this focus will serve her well in her role as in a Mexican classroom as well as in her future career in healthcare.”
-Dr. Karna Walter, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement
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