Fourteen University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2015-16 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation.
The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It 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.
Notre Dame also was listed among the top Fulbright-producing universities last year, marking the first time the University has made consecutive appearances on the list. A total of 21 of the 24 Notre Dame students over those two years were Arts and Letters students.
“This is a testament to the outstanding global education that the College makes available to its students through its language and area studies departments, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, and the many international specialists throughout the College,” said Jeffrey Thibert, assistant director of national fellowships in Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). “Arts and Letters students are thus well-prepared to fulfill the U.S. Fulbright mission of sending exceptional Americans abroad who will serve as effective cultural ambassadors of the United States while engaging with their host communities and pursuing meaningful study, research, and teaching experiences.”
Notre Dame’s 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright students are:
- Kathryne Bascom, Brecksville, Ohio; Russian and Medieval studies, Class of 2015 — English Teaching Assistantship to Russia.
- Michael Berino, San Pablo, California; Alliance for Catholic Education Class of 2014 — English Teaching Assistantship to Senegal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“This application cycle has once again confirmed that, whatever the specific results, the process of applying for a grant or fellowship is a fruitful and worthwhile exercise for a student at any level, especially when assisted,” said Mike Westrate, program director of the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships. “We have been told countless times by students that have gone through the application process that they now know — many for the first time — what their future careers will be, and how and when they will approach those careers. More importantly, these students also have a much better idea of why they chose their careers (since writing a personal statement often has this effect). Therefore, the number of students who receive the Fulbright award each year represents an even larger number of students who have been positively affected by the process of applying.”
CUSE provides undergraduate students in all the University’s colleges opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative projects. More information on CUSE is available at cuse.nd.edu.
Originally published at news.nd.edu.