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U-M leader for Fulbright Scholars

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U-M produced the highest number of 2007-08 Fulbright awards for American students, with 37 receiving grants. Yale University followed with 27 grantees.

Other universities in the top 10 include Brown University, Northwestern University, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and Stanford University.

"The best way for students to understand the world is by immersing themselves in different cultures and countries," says President Mary Sue Coleman. "Fulbright fellowships allow our students to continue the U-M tradition of being active players in the global community."

Out of more than 6,000 applicants nationwide, 119 U-M students submitted applications. A list of grantees and their research was published in the latest issue of The Journal of the International Institute.

Fulbright Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from social sciences, business, communication and performing arts, to physical sciences, engineering and education. Daniel Livesay, a graduate student in history, received a Fulbright award to continue his research in Jamaica on the personal experiences of interracial families in the 18th-century British Empire. In contrast, Sean Armstrong, with a master's degree from the School of Public Health, is going to Mongolia with the goal of increasing the community participation of rural Mongolians in wellness campaigns.

"The success of U-M students in obtaining grants through the prestigious Fulbright program is a source of great pride to the university," says Mark Tessler, director of the International Institute and vice provost for international affairs. "This success reflects the quality of our outstanding students. It also reflects the substantial guidance and support we provide to applicants, which is an indication of Michigan's commitment to providing our students with opportunities for an in-depth international experience."

This year's U-M awardees, along with their majors, destinations and field of study:

• Caroline Ahearn, German/education, Germany, English teaching assistantship

• Sean Armstrong, public health, Mongolia, increasing community participation in wellness campaigns for rural Mongolians

• Heather Badamo, history of art, Egypt, Among Byzantines and Muslims: Medieval Coptic Representations of Military Saints

• Matthew Bookert, music performance, Germany, practical study of German orchestral tuba playing

• Andrés Carter, architecture, Brazil, Reconstructing Citizenship: The Role of Architecture in Community Development

• Joshua Coene, anthropology/history, Australia, Punitiveness and Prison Expansion in New South Wales

• Virginia Corrigan, English/Spanish/philosophy, Venezuela, English teaching assistantship

• Isabelle de Rezende, history, Belgium, Visuality and Colonialism: The Visual Production of the "Tetela"

• Joshua Edwards, creative writing, Mexico, Cloud Footage: From Mitla to Monte Alban

• Keary Engle, chemistry/economics/mathematics/statistics, Germany, A New Method in Asymmetric Gold Catalysis

• Mark Fox, linguistics/Spanish, Spain, English teaching assistantship

• Timothy Freeze, musicology, Austria, Mahler and Viennese Popular Music

• Joshua Frens-String, political science/LACS/philosophy, Uruguay, Anthropological Origins and Evolution of Uruguayan "Cooperativismo"

• Justin Gengler, political science, Yemen, Beyond the Ballot: The Attitudinal Effects of Yemen's 2006 Presidential Election

• Alexandra Gerber, sociology, Poland, Becoming European? Polish Women and Accession to the European Union

• Cameron Gokee, archaeology, Senegal, Archaeology of Early Villages in the Falemme Valley, Senegal

• Stephanie Harris, political science/German, Austria, English teaching assistantship

• Katie Hornstein, history of art, France, Framing War: French Representations of War during the Nineteenth Century

• Taiyaba Husain, creative writing, India, Beyond Rushdie's and Baumgartner's Bombay: Cultural Research for a Novel-in-progress

• Tiffany Joseph, sociology, Brazil, Effects of Immigration to the U.S. on Brazilians' Racial Conceptions

• Monica Kim, history/English, South Korea, Narrating Human Rights and the Nation during the Korean War

• Heather Lanthorn, public health, India, Diabetes in the Slums of Chennai: Conceptions, Care and Coping

• Elizabeth Lassiter, German/biology, Germany, English teaching assistantship

• Nina Laven, anthropology, Canada, Remaking Ancestry, Redrawing Aboriginality: Historical Memory of the Metis

• Pauline Lewis, history/AAPTIS, Egypt, A Question of Leadership: Egypt's Women and their Participation in Public Life and Politics

• Daniel Livesay, history, Jamaica, Imagining Difference: Mixed-Race Jamaicans & Racial Ideology in the British Atlantic

• Christina Macholan, LSA, Czech Republic, English teaching assistantship

• Emily McKee, anthropology, Israel, National Conflict and Resolution: Exploring Environmental Activism in Israel

• Carrie Morris, art and design, Indonesia, Between Men and Machines: Working with Multimedia Shadow Puppetry

• Diana Parker, ALC, Indonesia, English teaching assistantship

• Katy Pearce, Armenian studies/communications, Armenia, Social-Networking Information Technologies and NGOs in Armenia

• Elijah Petersen, civil engineering, Finland, Assessing the Environmental Risks of Carbon Nanotubes

• Maurice Telesford, chemical engineering/Spanish, Spain, English teaching assistantship

• Rebecca Telzak, Latin American studies, Argentina, English teaching assistantship

• Michael Walsh, philosophy/English, South Korea, English teaching assistantship

• Emily Wentzell, anthropology/women's studies, Mexico, Chronic Illness and Masculinity in Mexico City

• Elizabeth Wiley, law/public health, Norway, Caring for the Elderly: Alternatives to the Institution in Norway

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II in order to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Fulbright grants are available for study, research, teaching, and work in the creative and performing arts.

For more information on the Fulbright Program, go to, or contact the campus Fulbright program advisor, Amy Kehoe, at 763-3297 or

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