Three Vanderbilt Graduates Awarded Keegan Traveling Fellowships
Class of 2023 graduates Catherine Hobbs, Abhinav Krishnan and Joseph Sexton have been named Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellows for 2023–24. Unique to Vanderbilt, the Keegan Traveling Fellowship aims to enhance the development of future leaders through world travel, research and experiential learning. The award provides $25,000 to support their learning and leadership goals as they travel internationally for a year.
The fellowship gives graduating Vanderbilt seniors the opportunity to pursue a topic of scholarly and/or artistic interest in diverse global settings. “The Keegan Traveling Fellowship exemplifies the type of experiential learning and research opportunities that Vanderbilt undergraduates harness while here as students and after graduating,” Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Tiffiny Tung said. “Curiosity, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit motivate these students to seek deeply meaningful and transformative experiences that help them see problems and solutions in a new light.”
Hobbs, of Radnor, Pennsylvania, a double major in neuroscience and medicine, health and society minoring in Spanish, plans to visit a broad range of emergency care settings, including rural health centers, urgent cares, ambulance bases and ERs. Hobbs hopes to learn from observation and conversation with local medical care providers to deepen her understanding of beliefs about health and healing in diverse cultural settings.