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Fulbright Program Grant Will Fund Two Graduate Students' Study Abroad

For release: May 25, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Heather Doty
Heather Doty
Two University of Memphis graduate students, Heather Doty and Michael Larrivee, have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Program grant to study abroad.

Doty is pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering. Her specialty is tissue engineering, specifically designing scaffolds to aid in bone regeneration. She will use her Fulbright award to study at Singapore General Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

“I am very honored and excited to receive a Fulbright award,” Doty said. “I am delighted to represent the U.S. as a student ambassador in Singapore. I look forward to the research I will be participating in and to the new collaborations I will form. I know this experience will strengthen our international relationships and enhance our research here at the University of Memphis.”

Doty is the daughter of Claudia Bera and Ames Doty of Austin, Texas.

Michael Larrivee
Michael Larrivee
Larrivee will graduate in August, earning an MS degree in earth sciences with a concentration is in geography. His Fulbright award will take him to the Vidzemes Augstskola in Valmiera, Latvia, where he will study the distribution of invasive species. Larrivee is interested in finding ways to get the public involved in finding solutions to the problems these species cause. “I feel honored and very lucky to have received the award, but I also feel like my research is valuable and will have some real impact,” said Larrivee, who is from Seabrook, N.H.

Married to Jennifer Larrivee, he is the son of Ron Larrivee and Joan Baptiste.

Named for the late U.S. senator from Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

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