Student Spotlight: Benjamin Fouch

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Benjamin Fouch in Valencia, spring break 2014

The evidence is mounting: receiving a grant from the Nanovic Institute can lead to exciting opportunities! Benjamin Fouch (’17) is living proof. We awarded him an FYS Spring Break Travel and Research Grant in the spring of 2014 to conduct independent research on the Jardín del Túria in Valencia, Spain. The following summer, he was accepted into the Fulbright Summer Institute in Belfast, Ireland. Here is what he has to say about the connection between the two experiences:

Benjamin Fouch in Ireland, summer 2014

The Nanovic Institute’s Spring Break research grant was a catalyst that has enabled me to explore my interests in Europe to a greater extent than I would have ever anticipated. Thanks to the gracious funding from Nanovic, I was able to travel to Valencia, Spain to study unique solutions to urban development. The trip opened my eyes to the huge potential that the structuring of a community has on its development. Building off my work in Valencia, I applied to the Fulbright Summer Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland where I further studied the theme of urban space and its affect on community identity. This upcoming summer I will travel to Europe again for research. Without the Institute’s help, I would have never had the eye-opening experience in Valencia that enabled me to articulate my interests to the Fulbright Commission and pursue further study in the region. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Congrats to Benjamin on all of his success! Where will your Nanovic grant take you?

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