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Oklahoma State University Student Receives Fulbright Scholarship [Video]

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Sydney Stewart, an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, has received a Fulbright Scholarship award. Stewart will go to Germany to conduct a research this coming school year. For one thing, Fulbright awardees serve as ambassadors for the United States while working with famous research advisers and learning about other people and their culture.

According to Fulbright, the scholarship award is an American program of competitive grants for international exchange of students, scholars, teachers, scientists, and artists. It was founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. The selected students will have the chance to study and conduct research abroad.

Now, students from outside of America can do the same and be assigned to the US. Basically, he Fulbright scholarship increases the mutual understanding between various countries through the exchange of knowledge. It is one of the most prestigious awards on Earth.

Going back, per Altus Times, Stewart is a product of the Life School Red Oak in Texas. She is set to complete her degree in animal science (pre-veterinary) with minor in microbiology at the Oklahoma State University this May. Meanwhile, Stewart will join a diversified group of experts from the Institute of Animal Science in Bonn, Germany. Together, they will evaluate pig health and biosecurity measures.

Apparently, Germany is now the world's largest producer of pigs and other pork products Stewart shared that they will study "modern" antibiotic-free disease control and prevention system on "commercial" German farms. She and her team will later identify the strengths and weaknesses of each system. In this process, people may be able to develop viable and cost-effective drug models on US farms.

Moreover, the experts plan to use bacterial samples taken from the pigs. The health and performance of the animals will also be observed, to determine if pigs are more susceptible to particular infection or disease-causing viruses. Stewart's family is actually known for being major icons in the US agricultural industry. Lastly, the Fulbright Scholarship is funded by a yearly congressional appropriation to the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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