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2nd Polytechnic campus Fulbright scholar heading to Mexico

May 23, 2005

MESA, Ariz. — Yolanda Serrano-Gehman, a graduate student in the Global Technology and Development (GTD) program at ASU, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Mexico for nine months starting in August.

Serrano-Gehman’s Fulbright is a "Binational Business Grant," which combines a six- course graduate certificate program with an internship in a Mexico-based company or firm dedicated to international business.

"I received notification on May 12, and I was very excited," said Serrano-Gehman, who was born in Nicaragua and has been living in Gilbert for the past 10 years.

"We are very proud of Yolanda," said GTD faculty chair Gary Grossman. "She has made excellent use of the concepts of the GTD program and applied them to 'real-world' issues. Our mission is to be not just transdisciplinary and transnational, but transformative as well. Yolanda’s success is an example of our mission in action."

Serrano-Gehman recently won an award from the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP), which is a group of five U.S. and five Mexican universities serving U.S.-Mexican border residents. With funding from the SCERP award, Serrano-Gehman will continue her thesis project study of the potential for clean energy production through solar energy use in the Nogales border area.