Two Texas Tech Students Earn Fulbright Scholarships

De La Sancha, Turner, two of 1,300 to earn scholarships this year.

Two students at Texas Tech University received scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship program.

Noe De La Sancha, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, and Leland Turner, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, were two of 1,300 recipients of a scholarship through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

In July, De La Sancha traveled to Paraguay to study how deforestation has affected small mammals in the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest.

"The Atlantic Forest of South America is a major biodiversity hotspot with levels of native species only greater in the Amazon Forest," he said in a description of his work. "In the past 40 years, the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest has experienced extreme deforestation, which has created a natural laboratory to study the effects of habitat fragmentation on small mammal fauna."

This August, Turner traveled to the Australian National University in Canberra to finish his research and dissertation. In January, he will continue his research at University of Queensland in Brisbane.

"Popular culture has merged the cowboy myth with the bush ethos in Australia and contributed to the growing Americanization of Australian culture," Turner said of his research. "Without doubt, the pastoral cultures of the Outback and Southwest left frontier legacies that inform and advance regional myths and contribute to national identities in rapidly globalizing societies."

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 279,500 people – 105,400 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 174,100 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

CONTACT: Jane Bell, Fulbright program advisor, (806) 742-2974, or