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 us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.
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