For release: May 25, 2011
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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.
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,
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.