Fall 2009


Recent Grad Named Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia

Fulbright scholar Ranjan Hatch (‘09)

Recent graduate Ranjan Hatch (’09) has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to serve as a university English teaching assistant in Malaysia.

“English is their second language so they might show me a thing or two. I’ll also be using my strengths in cellular and molecular biology to teach math and science,” Hatch says.

Hatch was urged to apply for the scholarship by a friend, and despite considering himself a long shot, he was accepted to the program and will spend seven to 10 months abroad beginning in January.

Hatch has been active in civic pursuits throughout his time at Humboldt State, serving as a campus Social Justice Summit co-coordinator, an HIV counselor and volunteer at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood and as coordinator of the Farmer’s Market Food Aid Project, an effort designed to help Humboldt County families stricken by HIV/AIDS.

Besides sharing his skills with Malaysian students, Hatch hopes to get something out of his journey for himself. “I hope to gain a lot of personal growth—to be completely secluded from what’s natural to me. I really just want to be a part of a culture that I don’t know anything about. I’ve become so accustomed to this culture, I want to experience something new.”

Founded in 1946 to encourage international educational and cultural exchange, Fulbright awards total $262 million annually and are given to U.S. students, teachers and professionals who work in 155 countries. Past recipients from Humboldt State include Melissa Baughn (’02), Professors Susan Sonntag and Noah Zerbe from the Department of Government & Politics, Psychology Professor Tasha R. Howe, Wildlife Professor Mark Colwell, Philosophy Professor Mary Bockover and Richard Engel, senior research engineer with the Schatz Energy Research Center.