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U-M among top in nation for producing Fulbright students, scholars

Seven U-M scholars and 28 U-M students have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2009-10.

Among the faculty scholar winners, U-M's Ann Arbor campus led the country in the U.S. State Department-funded Fulbright awards, along with Michigan State University and the University of Oregon, each receiving seven awards. UM-Flint also produced a Fulbright Scholar.

Among the student winners, U-M tied with Stanford University, producing 28 winners each. Only three universities produced more: Northwestern University (32), the University of Chicago (31) and Brown University (29). A total of 111 U-M students applied this year and already 144 students have applied for next year's Fulbrights.

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to more than 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered through the International Institute.

Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Sen. J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. For more on the Fulbright program, go to

The U-M Fulbright Scholars (seven from the Ann Arbor campus and one from UM-Flint) and their destinations include:

Alina Clej, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Romania

Janet Hart, Anthropology, France

Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Colombia

Kelly Ann Kowatch, Seminar Program, Germany

Diane Larsen-Freeman, TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Austria

Mary Jo Kietzman, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Kazakhstan

Carl Rodemer, Art, Germany

Albert Shih, Engineering, Taiwan

U-M's 2009-10 Fulbright Fellows and their destinations and topics of study are:

Beenish Ahmed, B.A., LSA (Political Science, South Asian Studies); United Kingdom — South Asians in England: Oxford as a Site of Colonial Encounter

Breonna Arder, B.A., LSA (Anthropology, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies); Egypt — Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in Cairo

Baird Campbell, B.A., LSA (Applied Linguistics, French, Latin American and Caribbean Studies); Spain — English Teaching Assistantship

Breton Dimick, Ph.D, Rackham (School of Music, Theatre & Dance/Ethnomusicology, Southeast Asian Studies); Vietnam — Ca tru Music: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Imperial Culture in Contemporary Vietnam

Anna Alexandra Fodde-Reguer, Ph. D, Rackham (Chinese History and Religion); Taiwan — Cracks on a Shell and the Spirit Possessed: Divination and Religious Efficacy in Early China

Amanda Garratt, M.A., Rackham (SNRE); Peru — Traditional Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon: Toward a Collaborative Approach

Gregory Green, B.A., LSA (Physics, History, German); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

Joshua Gubler, Ph.D, Rackham (Political Science, Psychology, Middle Eastern Studies); Israel — Interethnic Aggression in Israel

Juliet Guzzetta, Ph.D., Rackham (Italian Language and Literature); Italy — Narrative Theater: Culture and Politics to the Masses!

Sara Jackson, Ph.D., Rackham (German Studies, Performance Studies); Germany — Constructions and Performances of Femininity and Criminality at the Turn of the Century

Karin Jors, B.A., LSA (German, Psychology); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

Rebecca Kamil, B.S., LSA (Anthropology-Zoology, Jewish Cultural Studies); Turkey — English Teaching Assistantship

Sarah Kesler, B.S., LSA (Biopsychology, Spanish); Spain — English Teaching Assistantship

Emily Lundgren, B.A., LSA (History, Program in the Environment); Turkey — English Teaching Assistantship

Jane Martin, M.F.A., LSA (Creative Writing); Canada — A New Chapter: Recognizing French-Canadian Heritage in America

Susan Massey, M.Sc., Rackham (Architecture History/Theory); Australia — The Aesthetics of Performance: Regulating Architectural Style in Low-Income Housing

Christopher McLaurin, B.A., LSA (History); South Africa — Factors in Successful Mentoring Programs for Young Male Orphans in Johannesburg

Leyton Nelson, B.A., LSA (Chinese, Economics); Hong Kong — English Teaching Assistantship

Gabriel Newland, B.A., LSA (Political Science); Taiwan — English Teaching Assistantship

Charlotte Peterson, B.A., LSA (German, Linguistics); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

Megan Ryan, M.P.H., Rackham (SPH); Indonesia — The Impact of Decentralization on Maternal and Child Health in Indonesia

Jessica Soley, B.A., LSA (Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Spanish); Mexico — Binational Business Grant

Yona Stamatis, Ph.D., Rackham (School of Music, Theatre & Dance/Ethnomusicology); Greece — Rebetika, a Musical Negotiation of National Identity in Greece

Kirti Thummala, B.S., LSA (Biological Psychology, Biological Anthropology); Sri Lanka —Exploring Meditation as a Form of Therapy for Depression

Jack Tocco, Ph.D., Rackham (Anthropology); Nigeria — HIV/AIDS and Islamic Society in Northern Nigeria

Dina Ufberg, B.A., LSA (Public Policy Education, International Education); Hong Kong — English Teaching Assistantship

Rebecca Yeh, M.I.A, LSA (Middle Eastern Studies, Policy and Economic Analysis) Bahrain — Application of Islamic Finance: from Bahrain to the United States

Yilin Zhang, B.A., LSA (Anthropology, International Relations); China — Health Insurance Decision-Making Process among Chinese Women

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