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Fulbright Grant recipient Anna Hyronimus to study in Mexico

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota student Anna Hyronimus has been awarded a Fulbright grant for 2014. Hyronimus, a USD senior from Brandon, S.D., will use her Fulbright grant to study in Mexico. She is one of 13 students to receive a Binational Business Internship, which is a 10-month program.

“This will allow me to work as an intern with a multinational corporation full-time while taking M.B.A. graduate courses at either Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) or the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), all fully funded by the Fulbright Program (Department of State),” noted Hyronimus, a 2010 graduate of Brandon Valley High School.

Hyronimus spent last summer in the Pathways Internship Program where she was an intern with the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) in Washington, D.C. At that time, she was assigned to assist the Mexico Analyst for the Market, Trade and Economics Division with the ERS. As a USD student, Hyronimus has served as CEO of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; is a member of the Order of Omega, a honor society for members of Greek organizations; spent a semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain; spent three weeks with the Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning program during a winter break trip to Ecuador; is a Rawlins Scholar; a Presidential-Alumni Scholar; and participated in track and field (2010-12) while also serving on the USD Athletic Board of Control (2013).

“After this experience, I hope to have my M.B.A., be fluent in Spanish, and have a greater understanding of the relations between the United States and Mexico,” she added. “I am hoping this experience will further shape what I aspire to do in the future, but right now I would like to work within the international realm or an organization focusing on food insecurity and food systems.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbright students meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Hyronimus will participate in the program September 2014 through May 2015.The program starts with an orientation in Mexico City at the end of August organized by the Fulbright Commission. A photo of Hyronimus is available for download at


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Hanna DeLange
USD News