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Record Fulbright Award Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students

Author: Notre Dame News

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Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

A total of 16 students accepted Fulbright awards for the 2015-2016 program, and 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had in the program.

The Fulbright program awards a one-year postgraduate fellowship for research, study or teaching English abroad. During their fellowship, scholars will work, live and learn in their host country.

2015 undergraduate Fulbright Award winners 2015 Notre Dame undergraduate Fulbright finalists include (front, left to right) Ryan Schultheis, Eric Donahue, Rachel Ruddick, Leila Green, (back, left to right) Christina Gutierrez, Claire Donovan, Kendra Reiser, and Alexis Palá.

“The outstanding record of College of Arts and Letters students in this year’s Fulbright competition demonstrates the College’s success in providing its students with the opportunity to obtain a global education, by encouraging them to undertake meaningful study abroad experiences involving research and community engagement, preparing them to develop and implement excellent international research projects, and offering numerous courses in a variety of disciplines that address pressing global issues,” said Jeffrey Thibert, assistant director of national fellowships in Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE).

2015 graduate Fulbright Award winners 2015 Notre Dame graduate Fulbright finalists include (left to right) Megan Rogers, Stefanie Israel, Kathryn Sawyer, and Mae Kilker.

Fulbright finalists from the College of Arts and Letters include:

  • Kathryne Bascom, Brecksville, Ohio; Russian and Medieval studies, Class of 2015—English Teaching Assistantship to Russia.
  • Eric Donahue, Brentwood, Tennessee; biological sciences and German, Class of 2015—study and research grant to Germany.
  • Claire Donovan, Lafayette, Colorado; French and international development studies, Class of 2015—study and research grant to Togo.
  • Adam Foley, Kent, Ohio; history graduate student—study and research grant to Italy.
  • Leila Green, Milwaukee; English and education, schooling and society, Class of 2015—English Teaching Assistantship to South Africa.
  • Christina Gutierrez, Nashville, Tennessee; political science and Romance languages and literatures, Class of 2015—study and research grant to Italy.
  • Erin Hattler, Denver; anthropology and German, Class of 2014—English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.
  • Stefanie Israel, South Bend, Indiana; sociology graduate student—study and research grant to Brazil.
  • Mae Kilker, South Bend, Indiana; Medieval Institute graduate student—study and research grant to Sweden.
  • Alexis Palá, San Antonio, Texas; anthropology and theology, Class of 2015—study and research grant to Chile.
  • Kendra Reiser, Seattle; psychology and education, schooling and society, Class of 2015—English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia.
  • Megan Rogers, Mishawaka, Indiana; sociology graduate student—study and research grant to China.
  • Rachel Ruddick, Des Plaines, Illinois; biological sciences, German and education, schooling and society, Class of 2015—English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.
  • Kathryn Sawyer, South Bend; history graduate student—study and research grant to Switzerland.
  • Ryan Schultheis, Evansville, Indiana; political science, international economics and business economics, Class of 2015—English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico.

Applications for Fulbright and other national scholarships and fellowships are administered by CUSE and the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships. CUSE provides undergraduate students in all the University’s colleges opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative projects. More information on the offices is available at cuse.nd.edu and graduateschool.nd.edu.

Originally published at news.nd.edu.