Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 28, 2011

Four from university named Fulbright Scholars

Three U-M scholars from the Ann Arbor campus and one from UM-Dearborn have been awarded U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar grants to conduct research abroad.

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. These prestigious grants provide funding for recipients to lecture or conduct research abroad for periods of two to 12 months in 140 countries.

"We are proud of these scholars and their selection for this highly competitive grant," said Ken Kollman, director of the International Institute, which announced the Ann Arbor honorees. "The International Institute is committed to assisting U-M faculty and professionals who wish to apply for this program."

Fulbright advisers at the institute have been specially trained to advise faculty and professionals on the Ann Arbor campus regarding the Fulbright Scholar Program and assist with the application process.

"The Fulbright Program adviser at the International Institute provided the foundational information I needed to write my project proposal," said Molly Yunker, who received her doctorate from the U-M School of Education. "His detailed knowledge and insight proved invaluable to the success of my proposal."

The Fulbright Scholar competition for 2012-13 grants opens in February with an Aug. 1 deadline. For further information, go to

The 2010-11 U-M Fulbright Scholars, the countries where they will be conducting research, and their research projects include:

• Farina Mir, assistant professor, Department of History, India
Research fellowship, University of Delhi, January 2011-September 2011
"Producing Modern Muslims: Muslim Anjumans in Colonial India"

• Pieter Smith, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Israel
Research fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science, September 2010-June 2012
"Elucidation of the Amyloid Peptide Structural Changes Accompanying Their Disruption of Biomembranes"

• Molly Yunker, Ph.D., School of Education, Israel
Research fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science, September 2010-June 2012
"The Development of a Curriculum Template to Guide Teachers in the Integration of the Classroom, Laboratory and Local Outdoor Learning Environments"

Chosen from UM-Dearborn was:

• William DeGenaro, associate professor, Department of Language, Culture and Communication, Lecturing: Writing and Rhetoric; American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; September 2010-May 2011

— James Iseler contributed to this article.