The following are details of the Malaysian grantees currently pursuing their studies and research work in universities across the United States. This much coveted Fulbright scholarship is awarded to deserving Malaysian scholars who have displayed exemplary skills and knowledge in their respective fields and area of study.
If you would like to be a part of the Fulbright experience, the scholarship will be made available and will be announced on the website from March to October each year.
2018-2019 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH PROGRAM
Fatin Areena Binti Azlan
Home Institution: Shell Business Operations, Cyberjaya
Host Institution: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Field of Study: Master in Public Affairs (Concentration in Environmental Policy)
Fatin Areena graduated from UCSI University in 2015 with a First-Class Honors in a Bachelor’s Degree for Oil and Gas Management. Apart from being a top scorer in her class and she was also a nominee for the Valedictorian Award and held prominent leadership roles such as the President of the Student Board and Vice President of Liberal Arts Club. She was affiliated to Shell Business Operations, Cyberjaya with a role of Customer Operations Specialist – Deal Management. She handled operations for Global Lubricants Business for an international business. After 2.5 years of working, she had an epiphany to embark on a paradigm shift – to make a change for the greater good. She found her calling in expanding her knowledge in Environmental Policy which will enable multinational oil and gas companies to conduct business in a cleaner and sustainable way.
Home Institution: SMK Tengku Mahmud 2, Besut
Host Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Field of Study: Master in Education
Pravin Bala is an English language teacher with the Ministry of Education. Graduating from University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom and received his teacher-training at Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Darulaman, Jitra, he has been teaching English at SMK Tengku Mahmud 2, Besut for the past 4 years. A firm believer of student empowerment, greater emphasis on teacher autonomy and school-driven innovation, he believes that these are the key elements in empowering education. At Loyola Chicago, Pravin hopes to further develop his expertise in the analysis, research and improvement of education policy and practice. Pravin aims to improve educational experiences in the Malaysian classroom by being an effective user of educational research, equipped with data-driven decision making skills and being able to leverage on the cultural analyses of the dynamic Malaysian culture.
Hilary Kung Siew Hwei
Home Institution: University of Malaya
Host Institution: School of International Service, American University
Field of Study: MA in Global Environmental Policy
Hilary Kung graduated from University of Malaya in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science and Management). She started her career as an environmental scientist with EnvAsia Sdn Bhd, a local environmental consultancy firm for 2.5 years. This job provided her with an understanding of the natural science management and environmental protection in Malaysia. Hilary then had the opportunity to work with a global not-for-profit organization, The Forest Trust (TFT). TFT works with partners and members to transform the supply chain for people and nature. Working with TFT has provided her with an insight of the challenging context to transform the industry on the ground and also exposed her to the global sustainability trend of responsible production of palm oil. At American University, she hopes to gain a more holistic understanding on how interdisciplinary exploration of efforts can advance environmental protection. She believes studying in the US will not only enhance her critical thinking skill but most important is enabling knowledge exchange through constructive dialogue with fellow students and practitioners from other countries. Upon completion of her study, she hopes to continue contributing to the sustainable development in Malaysia.
Home Institution: NGO
Field of Study: Urban Studies
Sharon Ling graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. She spent the next 6 years working with activists, lawmakers and state agencies in Selangor and Penang, and was involved in policy research and advocacy, public communications, and constituency services at all levels of government. Her favourite past projects include campaigning for the restoration of the demolished Taman Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, mapping bus service disruptions in Serdang, and assisting the facilitation of workshops for universal design in Penang. As a lifelong pedestrian and former caretaker to relatives with physical disabilities, Sharon’s interest in inclusive cities and accessible transportation is fiercely personal. Looking forward, Sharon aspires to shape urban policy solutions for expanding public transit access, promoting walkability and designing safer streets in Malaysia. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting and music.
Yeoh Tze Ni
Home Institution: Bank Negara
Field of Study: Public Administration
Tze Ni received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2014. Upon graduation, she began her career as an economist at Bank Negara Malaysia. Her experience in the central bank was split between exchange rate and capital flows, and fiscal policy teams within the Monetary Policy Department. Here, she cemented her passion for public policy, through policy research and analysis to support key policy platforms in Malaysia, such as the Monetary Policy Committee, Fiscal Policy Committee and the National Budget. Her work spanned diverse topics, from infrastructure finance, fiscal management, and social protection.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Vimala Balakrishnan, PhD
Home Institution: University of Malaya, Malaysia
Host Institution: University of Georgia, Georgia
Field of Research: Cyberbullying Detection Mechanisms
Dr. Vimala Balakrishnan is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia. She obtained her PhD. in the field of Ergonomics from Multimedia University. Her research interests include Data Science and Analytics, particularly social media, sentiment analysis and natural language processing. She is an innovation gold and diamond award recipient for her work in sentiment analysis and recommender systems. In recent years, Dr. Balakrishnan’s research on cyberbullying analytics has afforded her a voice as a thought leader on cyberbullying in Malaysia. This was characterized by a series of media appearances in the Malaysian Press, Business Radio Station and TV Talk shows, bringing awareness to the issue of cyberbullying. As a scientist, her vision is to continue advocating and contributing, along with tangible research and innovation to impact society and culture. As a Fulbright scholar, she intends to investigate the impact of an individual’s psychological features on cyberbullying detection, and to bring more awareness to this social issue through seminars and colloquiums at the University of Georgia. Also, being a vociferous reader and traveller, Dr. Balakrishnan is looking forward to sharing her cultural experiences with her research partners and students.
Won Fen is an enthusiastic researcher who is currently running a laboratory at the University of Malaya. Her main interest is to study the complexity of the human immune system that is crucial to counteract bacterial invasion. Previously, she has spent eight years of training at the Tohoku University, Japan under Monbukagakusho:MEXT scholarship and Japanese Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship. She has published more than 50 publications and was awarded Institut Mérieux Young Investigator Award 2017 in recognition of her research achievement. Under Fulbright exchange program, Won Fen is aspired to find the missing puzzle of interaction between chronic bacterial infection and host immune response and the association with the development of female infertility.
Tengku Ain Fathlun binti Tengku Kamalden
Home Institution: University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Host Institution: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Field of Study: MicroRNA in Diabetic Retinopathy
Tengku Ain Tengku Kamalden is a clinician-scientist and vitreoretinal surgeon at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. She was awarded DPhil in 2013 for her work on retinal neuroprotection from Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. She was among 20 young clinicians selected from around the world for the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) Young Physician Leader programme during the World Health Summit in Berlin, 2013. Her research work focuses on retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, as well as ocular trauma. In addition to that, she is undertaking the MSc In Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to compliment her laboratory-based research work. She is very passionate on preventable blindness as she sees many patients from severe visual impairment as a result of diabetic complications. Through her research, she hopes to work to a better solution to prevent avoidable blindness. Tengku Ain unwinds with classical music, sports and the outdoors. She has a keen interest in the history of medicine, and looks forward to learn more about the rich medical history at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
2017-2018 FULBRIGHT MALAYSIAN PROFESSIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Dr. Wong Wei-Chee
Home Institution : AAR-UNMC Biotechnology Research Centre, Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd., Semenyih.
Host Institution : University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Field of Study : Molecular epidemiology of Ganoderma boninense
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Wei-Chee Wong (PhD. Plant Biotechnology, 2008, University of Malaya, Malaysia) joined Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd. (AARSB) as oil palm biotechnologist since 2007. Currently, she is the Head of the Biotechnology Section of AARSB based in AAR-UNMC Biotechnology Research Centre, a joint research centre between AARSB and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Wong’s core research responsibility is to provide support in a form of knowledge and resources that enables plant breeders, tissue culturists and agronomists to improve the efficiency of breeding selection and sustainability of palm oil production. Her principal research focuses include: (1) genomic-assisted marker development for genotyping of oil palm planting materials, illegitimacy testing, genome-wide selection and genetic markers for epidemiological study of Ganoderma boninense; (2) understanding the processes and genes that that regulates mineral nutrient uptake and disease resistance in oil palm; (3) developing molecular tools to facilitate the screening of oil palm tissue culture amenabilities (embryogenesis) and somaclonal variant (KARMA mantle gene).
2017-2018 GLOBAL UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Home Institution: Universiti Utara Malaysia
Host Institution: Mercyhurst University
Field of Study: Information Technology (Undergraduate)
Kong Zhen Kit is currently undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Information Technology) specializing in Software Engineering in Universiti Utara Malaysia. Besides being a full-time student, he is also actively involved in his hometown’s community service and social events in his university. Zhen Kit also plays the role of Crew Master of Rover Scouts UUM and the Vice President of Enactus UUM, a community of student and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives. Through his passion in Software Engineering and Machine Learning, he aspires to be a social technopreneur to help make a difference in the community and to improve the quality of life for humankind through development of engineering solutions to societal problems. Through UGRAD, he hopes to develop his social and networking skills and to gain new perspectives and knowledge from the experience.
Home Institution: Universiti Malaysia Pahang, UMP.
Host Institution: Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Field of Study: Pharmaceutical Engineering (Hons.)
Adina is currently in her 2nd year, of her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering (Engineering Technology) in University of Malaysia Pahang located at the east coast of Malaysia. She is the Vice President in an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization, AIESEC that organises cross-cultural exchange activities by providing a platform for diverse culture. Besides academic policy, Adina has a profound relevance in volunteering thus is currently the Project Director for Clean Our Plate (COP) Project which raises awareness on importance of food waste and cultivates responsible food consumption among youths of Malaysia. Adina is also very passionate about writing and blogs during her free time. She aspires to publish her very own novel someday and aims to become a New York Bestselling author.
Ahmad Haziq Bin Ahmad Rozalan
Home Institution: National Energy University, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus
Host Institution: Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Field of Study: Accounting
Ahmad Haziq is currently in the third-year of accounting study at National Energy University, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus. He is an active student; involves in numerous extracurricular activities from organizing events, charities and community services, and managing clubs to participating in public speaking competitions. He holds various management post in clubs and society such as Vice President of Debate & Public Speaking Club and Secretariat Executive of Students Representative Council 2017/2018. He was given the opportunities to lead events such as Deputy Vice Chancellor Debate Championship 2017 and appointed as Program Bureau of Accounting Students Conference 2017. Among his major accomplishments include a national champion in Open Youth Debate 2.0 and finalist in ICAEW Regional Business Challenge where he and his teammates pitched the ideas on the future of smartphone market in front of industry experts. He loves engaging with people of different cultures and backgrounds and believes that success is the fruit of hard work and determination. He hopes that Global UGRAD would provide an opportunity for him to meet other people from across the globe for exchange of valuable knowledge, opinions and experience.
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