Contact: Ellen Sterner
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July 9, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Two SMU students are studying abroad this year as Fulbright Scholars. Melissa Nibungco, a medical anthropology graduate student, is in the Philippines studying tuberculosis and gender. Angela Deas, a recent graduate with a double major in economics and Spanish, is in Mexico as a recipient of the Fulbright Binational Business Grant.

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 140 countries where they lecture or conduct research. The program is administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Nibungco’s research project, which focuses on how individuals manage an important health problem in the Philippines and how gender affects their health-care decision-making, is a continuation of work she started in 1999 with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Deas is one of eight students who will spend 10 months in Mexico combining coursework in international business with an internship at a Mexico-based international company. She will take graduate-level finance courses at Instituto Teenologico Autonomo de Mexico while working at Scotia Bank Inverlat in Mexico City.