Doctoral student working in Senegal as Fulbright-Hays Fellow

8 Feb
Kimberly Smith, a doctoral student in the College of Education, is completing a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in the West African nation of Senegal.

Kimberly Smith, a doctoral student in the College of Education, is completing a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in the West African nation of Senegal.

Kimberly Smith, a doctoral student in Auburn University’s College of Education, is conducting literacy research in Senegal as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow.

Smith earned more than $27,000 in funding and is working with Senegalese educators to evaluate students’ oral vocabulary development in French and Wolof, a local language spoken by nearly 40 percent of the country’s population, and to promote French literacy skills necessary for academic and career success.

A native of Brewton, Ala., Smith has been working in the West African republic since the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides funding for students interested in conducting research in foreign language and international studies for a period of 6-12 months.

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