Recent graduate and mathematics major, Taylor Kuramoto, has been selected to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea for the ’15-’16 academic year! Fulbright receives thousands of applications each year, and Taylor was selected by both U.S. and South Korean committees. Taylor will be working with elementary or secondary students and will have the opportunity to live with a South Korean family in a home-stay. In her time outside of the classroom, Taylor plans to create English talking circles like those she participated in at the local Jane Addams School for Democracy as a Bonner Leader and hopes to use her experience as an Auggie soccer player to connect with students and peers through the sport.
Taylor is a natural fit for the Fulbright ETA program having spent much of her time here at Augsburg teaching and engaging youth in nearby communities. Through the Bonner Leaders Program, she has tutored K-8 students at Kaleidoscope Place, helped immigrants study for the U.S. citizenship test at Jane Addams School for Democracy, and worked with St. Paul’s ELCA youth urban gardening program. Taylor has actively sought out additional opportunities to serve others as an Augsburg student and athlete, volunteering at youth soccer camps, going on two Campus Ministry service trips, and helping with Campus Kitchen meals.
Taylor has a passion for learning and a desire to use that knowledge to effect change. As a mathematician, she spent last summer at the National Institute of Math and Bio Synthesis at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville conducting research on the transmission of bovine respiratory disease among cattle and this summer was accepted to the University of Minnesota’s Summer Institute in Biostatistics (although she will already be overseas for her Fulbright ETA at the time of SIBS). She is also a Sabo Scholar and served as an URGO statistics research assistant on Professor Nancy Rodenberg’s social work research on cultural competence education. We are looking forward to hearing all that Taylor is able to learn and experience during her time in South Korea.
If you are an upcoming senior, recent graduate, or Augsburg alum and would like to learn more about the Fulbright Program, please contact URGO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment. URGO works with individuals throughout the summer to explore Fulbright’s offerings, select a destination country, and prepare a competitive application.