CFA celebrates two Fulbright semi-finalists

February 13 2023

The national Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, has selected 11 University of Utah students as semi-finalists this year, a record number for the U. 

Two of the eleven are from the College of Fine Arts! 

Susan Burnap
Honors BFA, modern dance
Fulbright Study Award to the United Kingdom
Burnap seeks a graduate degree from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her project is entitled “Dance Science Creates Healthy Performers” in which her degree focuses on how biomechanics, physiology, and psychology relate to dance in order to improve the overall health of dance professionals.

Vasiliki Karahalios
M.A., art history
Fulbright Research Award to Greece
For this project (“From Classicism to Contemporary: Greek Art Today”), Vasiliki will explore how living Greek artists negotiate the contemporary era through the context of antiquity. Her proposed research involves two central questions: How do artists use the Classical period to grapple with modern ideas about national and cultural identity? How does such art define contemporary Greek subjecthood?

Making it to the semi-finalist round is a significant accomplishment in the Fulbright competition and means that the applications have been forwarded by the Fulbright National Screening Committee to the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in the host country for final review. Finalists will be notified later this spring, with the timing of notifications varying by country.