Thursday, February 25, 2016

U of M Recognized as Top Producer of Fulbright Student Awards

The UW is one of several dozen other research institutions that produced the highest number of Fulbright students this past year. The Fulbright prize, one of the most prestigious in academic circles, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and promotes cultural exchanges with more than 140 countries. Ten students from the UW - including undergraduate, graduate and recent alumni - were awarded Fulbright grants for 2015-2016.

This year's list of "Institutions Producing the Most Fulbright Scholars" from The Chronicle of Higher Education includes Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, Butler University and DePauw University. J. William Fulbright in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the USA and other countries. Florida State also ranked among the nation's top-producing research institutions for Fulbright students with 11 students receiving awards in 2015-2016 - the only school from Florida on the list. Over 1,100 US college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. Staszewski, a graduate of Loyola's Film and Music Industries Studies program and University Honors program, is using his Fulbright-mtvU Award, will use his award to return to Mongolia and continue to document what ethnologists see as a changing nomadic culture. For more information, contact the Fellowships Office at 814-863-8199, online at, or visit the office in 212 Boucke Building. The university was previously recognized by the U.S. Department of State in 2013-14 for its high number of Fulbright Scholars. In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. Alper, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology and Spanish, has used her Fulbright to travel to South America to do research on human trafficking, an issue she has been studying since her freshman year at Loyola and furthered through her work with Loyola's Modern Slavery Research Project, a program working to address the issue of human trafficking in New Orleans, the USA and overseas. "We can be proud that KU's continued success in the Fulbright Scholars program benefits not only the individual researchers, but also the state we serve and the students we educate".

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