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18 students receive Fulbright award

Eighteen students from the University won Fulbright Awards in the academic year 2004-05, ranking U-M No. 1 among Midwest regional schools.

Nationally, among public doctoral research institutions, U-M tied for 2nd with the University of Texas at Austin. The University of California, Berkeley was in the top spot, with 26 Fulbright award-winners.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding for one academic year of study or research abroad, to be conducted after graduation from an accredited university. Award recipients undertake self-designed programs in disciplines including social sciences, business, communication, performing arts, physical sciences, engineering and education.

U-M winners with their field of study and country in which they will work are:

• Catherine Bolten, anthropology, Sierra Leone

• Andrew Conroe, anthropology, Indonesia

• Yolanda Covington, anthropology, Democratic Republic of Congo

• Sumon Dantiki, political science, Canada

• Ina Ganguli, economic development, Ukraine

• Alexander Gardner, East Asian/Pacific/Australian history, China

• Daniel Glasson, economic development, Poland

• Nasir A. Grewal, information sciences/systems, Jordan

• Sara Houghteling, creative writing, France

• Michael Issa, anthropology, Syria

• Michelle Kelso, sociology, Romania

• Deborah Michaels, education, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

• Anand Reddi, biology, South Africa

• Deanna Ross, cultural and intellectual history, Australia

• Deborah Solomon, East Asian/Pacific/Australian history, Japan

• Sanjaya Thakur, classical languages and literature, Greece

• Michael Varnum, psychology, Croatia

• Emily Wolters, engineering, Spain

Secretary of State Colin Powell on Oct. 15 released the official list of U.S. student Fulbright grantees for the 2004-05 academic year—a total of 1,099 awards. Powell said that Fulbright award recipients have important responsibilities as Americans.

The Fulbright competition is administered through the University's International Institute.

"I am extremely proud of our students' success in this intense and prestigious competition," says Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs and director of the International Institute, "and I wish them the best of luck as they take on the challenges and responsibilities of their awards. I also want to acknowledge and thank our faculty and staff for their excellent preparation and dedicated support of our students."

The Midwest regional ranking of Fulbright Award winners is:

1. U-M, Ann Arbor (18)

2. University of Chicago (16)

3. Washington University, St. Louis (12)

4. University of Wisconsin, Madison (11)

5. Ohio University and University of Indiana, Bloomington (each with 9)

7. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Northwestern University (each with 8)

9. Ohio State University; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Kansas (each with 6)

12. Kalamazoo College, Case Western Reserve, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame (each with 5).

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

U-M students and alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright award should contact the campus Fulbright program adviser, Amy Kehoe, at (734) 763-3297 or for information. For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, contact Tony Claudino, IIE, at (212) 984-5345 or

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