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Senior Receives Fulbright Award

For the fourth time in three years, an Albright College student or alumna received a prestigious Fulbright award.

Brittany Mayne ’17, who recently graduated with a degree in digital studio arts and Asian studies, was awarded the 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Taiwan to pursue a master’s degree in creative industries design at National Cheng Kung University.

While in Taiwan, Mayne will also study the culture and work on expanding her Mandarin Chinese language skills.

The Fulbright program is America’s flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Earlier this year, Rachael Roseman ’16 was selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Belgium to teach.

Mayne has long had an interest in art and Asian culture. As a child, she was prone to doodling and enjoyed watching Japanese Anime. At Albright, she has had the opportunity to pursue and combine both interests. Mayne has studied the Chinese language and culture, and during her junior year spent a semester studying in Thailand. There, Mayne focused her efforts on learning about Buddhism.

“I’ve always been very adventurous, for as long as I can remember,” she said.

Called creative, persistent and an outside-the-box thinker by her professors, Mayne has been working on creating a graphic novel about the early life of the historical Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. Through the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) program, Mayne has worked one-on-one with associate professor of religious studies Victor Forte, Ph.D., who opened the door to her interest in Buddhism.

“It was a very rewarding experience for both of us,” said Forte, “and personally I came away from that summer [ACRE] feeling quite fortunate that Brittany had decided to enroll in my Buddhism class and took the initiative to invite me to collaborate on a project I would have never considered on my own.”

Still a work-in-progress, Mayne hopes to eventually publish the finished graphic novel online.

Mayne said her experience studying overseas pushed her to continue her education.  “And I’ve had some amazing professors and faculty that kept encouraging me to push myself and my ambition to heights I never thought I could,” she said.

Mayne is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-18 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.