Open Study/Research

Abigail Rose Chernila

Abigail Rose Chernila

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
B.A., Economics, 2020

Abigail is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she received her B.A. in Economics. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she focused on international macroeconomic policy, which brought her to Greece through College Year Athens to study the Eurozone crisis. Her undergraduate thesis examined the impact of austerity measures on competitiveness in Greece. While studying in Athens, Abby also conducted research on trade policy and business competitiveness at the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE). For her Fulbright grant, Abby will be conducting policy research on the regeneration of abandoned industrial sites in Piraeus, Greece. Her work will be based in Athens, collaborating with research advisors at the University of West Attica. While in Athens, Abby looks forward to getting involved with sustainability and coastline preservation efforts, participating in local dance courses, and continuing to learn and practice the Greek language.

Jane Millar Tully

Jane Millar Tully

The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Candidate
M.A., Classics, 2018

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.A., Archaeology, 2021

The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
B.A., Anthropology, 2014

Jane is a PhD candidate in classical archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, writing a dissertation on market gardens in the ancient Greek world. Her work integrates elements of historical ecology and environmental science with classical archaeology, using the material remains of daily life and foodways in concert with critical reading of ancient textual sources on the environment and agriculture. For her Fulbright grant, she will be based at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and collaborating with the Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica, Piraeus, and Islands, on the study of ancient plant remains preserved in recently excavated wells in Piraeus (5th-1st centuries BCE). Before coming to Greece, Jane has participated in excavations in Italy, Belize, and the southeastern United States, and has always been fascinated by the ways in which communities and the landscapes they inhabit shape one another, and how those relationships affect their shared history. She is studying ancient gardens and gardeners for insights into the long history of engagements with resonance in today’s communities, from urban planning to climate change. When she’s not in the lab or library, she looks forward to learning more about local food and farming in modern Greece and exploring the country’s spectacular hiking trails.

John Nicholas Sakellariadis

John Nicholas Sakellariadis

Columbia University, New York, NY
MPP, International Affairs, 2020

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
B.A., History and Literature, 2016

John is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he received a master’s degree in international affairs. At SIPA, John focused on cybersecurity and technology policy. For his Fulbright grant, John will be conducting comparative research on the national cybersecurity policies of the United States and the European Union. John’s work will focus on the role of the European Union’s Agency for Cybersecurity, which is based in Athens. John will be collaborating with research advisors at the Hellenic Institute for Foreign and Defense Policy (ELIAMEP), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the National Technical University of Athens. 

John grew up in New York City. His father is Greek-American, and both his parents are members of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of New York. As a history enthusiast, John is excited to visit Greece’s many historical sites. He also looks forward to sharing his love of basketball with the EU’s rising basketball power, and to enjoying Greece’s incredible food and music.

Pria Mohanty Louka

Pria Mohanty Louka

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
B.A., Chemistry / Minors in Materials Science and Engineering, Hellenic Studies, 2020

Pria Louka is a recent graduate of Princeton University. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry while simultaneously pursuing her passion for the modern Greek language through a minor in Hellenic Studies. Her Fulbright project focuses on the fruitful cross-pollination of the modern Greek and American theatrical traditions of the 1950s and 60s. Central to this cross-cultural exchange was George Theotokas (1906-1966) a prominent Greek intellectual and Director of the National Theater, who visited the United States in 1952 to observe American theater and form lasting connections with American artists. As a Fulbright grantee, Pria will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with leading Greek scholars to probe into this unexplored facet of modern Greek and American cultural history. She will make use of the unique archival material and special collections housed at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies and the University of Crete Library, in Rethymno, Crete.

Victoria McKinley Bigelow

Victoria McKinley Bigelow

University of Montana, Missoula, MT
M.P.A., Public Administration & Policy, 2020
B.A., Global Humanities and Religions and World History, 2014

Victoria is a recent graduate of the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Policy. Throughout her graduate studies, Victoria worked at the University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College where she advised and mentored honors students. Throughout her work, she grew a deep passion for supporting students from diverse backgrounds, and ensuring equitable opportunities for students. She has published papers in both the U.S. and in Greece observing rural honors education, student food insecurity, and equitable hiring policies at institutions of higher education.

With her Fulbright grant, Victoria will collect data from Greek high school students to understand students’ attitudes towards higher education. Through analysis and development, she hopes that her research will encourage Greek policymakers to create policy that supports students from underrepresented areas throughout the country to create more equitable opportunities for success for all students seeking higher education. She will be supported by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a global cohort of academics and researchers based in Athens, throughout the grant period. The Institute will provide research oversight and help to facilitate her connections with the Greek Ministry of Education and with schools throughout the country. Victoria plans to present her Fulbright research at ATINER’s annual conference on global higher education, and subsequently publish her results through the Institute.

Yianni Karabatis

Yianni Karabatis

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD
B.S., Computer Science, 2021

Yianni is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.S. in Computer Science. His research interests are within the intersection of Computer Vision and Robotics. For his Fulbright research grant, he will be hosted at the Technical University of Crete where he will autonomously distinguish between unhealthy and healthy olive trees. He plans to fly a UAV equipped with a multispectral camera to create a dataset of images of olive trees. Then he will analyze the dataset with Computer Vision techniques to generate a model that can be used at any olive grove to differentiate healthy from unhealthy olive trees. This research will save farmers time patrolling their groves to identify sick trees, enable farmers to lessen the effects of an agricultural epidemic, and increase their crop yield. After completing the grant, Yianni will begin his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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