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Ashton Lyvers '24 receives Fulbright US Student Scholarship

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Ashton Lyvers, psychology and criminology graduate, was awarded one Fulbright US Student Program Scholarship for the fellowship year 2024-25 to conduct research on gender expression and respect at KU Leuven in Belgium.

Fulbright's U.S. student program offers graduate and graduate students full funding for an academic year abroad through English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs). or undertaking research or creative projects which may or may not form part of a postgraduate course.

Ashton comes from BArdstowN And the daughter of the late one Jeremy and Kristal Lyvers. She will graduate with a first-generation college degree in May. She is a member of the Mahurin Honors College, a research assistant in Dr. Amy Brush'S Risk Behavior Laboratory, a Student Ambassador for Psychological Sciences, a member of the Psi Chi Honors Fraternity, and a graduate of three different study abroad programs in Denmark, France, and Spain.

Ashton has long been interested in the psychological mechanisms of gender in society. “Having been raised by a single mother and being a woman working in a STEM field, I was able to see firsthand how important gender equality is,” She said. Gender-specific assumptions and behaviors may Border Opportunity for people through real or internalized barriers. By continuing this research, Ashton will contribute to an international body of knowledge about social expectations and relationships This can potentially be used in legislation and policy to reduce these barriers.

“I feel inspired for the future,” she said. “I feel like I can make a real difference with my research.”

Gilman Scholarships and Fulbright Scholarships were applied in collaboration with the Office of Scholar Development clarifying for Ashton. Ashton received a Gilman Scholarship to study in Denmark in the summer of 2022 and spent her final academic year abroad in France (Fall 2023) and Spain (Spring 2024). “I used to think I understood my passions for psychology and gender expression,” She said. It was easyy to ideantifj the “what” of my research goals. HoweverIt wasn'T until my collaboration with OSD that I was able to connect the dots of my life and realize my 'why'.”

In addition to the OSD Aassistant DDirector Lindsey Houchin and Specialist Melinda Grimsley, Ashton Credits Faculty mentors Amy Brausch and Molly Kerby for their contributions to their personal and intellectual development.

“Without this support, not only would my Fulbright experience not be possible, but I also would not feel as confident in my research as I do now. Each of these women helped me become a better researcher,” she said.

After her fellowship, Ashton plans to pursue a doctorate. in clinical psychology with the aim of continuing research and operational a private practice focused on adolescents and young adults with mental health diagnoses.

Students and graduates interested in the Fulbright US Student Program are encouraged to get in touch Melinda GrimsleyWKU Fulbright Program Advisor.

About the Fulbright Program: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and aims to improve mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people in other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations abroad and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright scholarships are selected based on their academic or professional achievements and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

About the Office of Scientific Development: The Office of Scientific Development Mentors Students applying for national scholarships to fund “academic extras” such as study abroad, research, work experience and more. From early drafts to final submissions with multiple revisions in between, OSD helps students do more. By conceptualizing and revising the stories they tell in application essays and interviews, students better understand—and explore—their strengths, interests, and goals possible ways to this work.