Twenty-six University of Notre Dame students and alumni — including 21 from the College of Arts and Letters — have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to learn or teach abroad in 2018-2019. Six alternates and 10 semifinalists were also named, for a total of 42 students and alumni recognized.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study, and teach abroad. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Notre Dame has appeared on this list for four consecutive years, coming in second among all institutions in the nation for the 2017-18 list.
Undergraduate and graduate students and alumni apply for the program with help from the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) or the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships.
“It is heartening to see that our students and alumni continue to excel in the Fulbright competition, placing Notre Dame once again among the best of the top-producing Fulbright U.S. Student institutions,” said Jeffrey Thibert, the Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of CUSE. “This is a sign of the caliber of our students, the depth of the international experiences that Notre Dame provides them, and the strength of the advising they receive from fellowship advisers, faculty, and other mentors. We look forward to working with more students and alumni this summer for the 2019-20 competition."
Laura Carlson, vice president, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School, said, “The Graduate School operates from the core conviction that our students’ research matters. To that end, our Office of Grants and Fellowships empowers students to articulate the importance of their scholarship and compete for prestigious awards. The Fulbright fellowship is one such award, immersing students in an international context and catalyzing the creativity and innovation with which they approach their work. Ultimately, as students spend time in foreign countries as Fulbright fellows, serving as ambassadors for Notre Dame and the United States, they enrich their research and gain new platforms from which to extend their findings in the world.”
The 21 Arts and Letters recipients are:
• Abby Shepard, Dayton, Ohio; visual communications design and environmental science, Class of 2016 — English teaching assistantship to Slovak Republic.
• Adam Moeller, Cincinnati, Ohio; history and economics, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Malaysia.
• Amelia Lindstrom, Lostant, Illinois; honors mathematics and Spanish, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Mexico.
• Andrea Carolina Pena Vasquez, Port Saint Lucie, Florida; political science graduate student — study and research grant to Spain.
• Annie Kuster, Clinton, New Jersey; anthropology and international economics, Class of 2016 — study and research grant to Peru.
• Connor Devine, Valparaiso, Indiana; economics and political science, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Germany.
• DeJorie Monroe, Columbia, South Carolina; Spanish language and literature, Class of 2016 — English teaching assistantship to Argentina.
• Erin Hayes, Churchville, New York; political science and Arabic, class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Morocco.
• Fauvé Liggans-Hubbard, Matteson, Illinois; anthropology, Class of 2017 — English teaching assistantship to South Korea.
• Francesco Tassi, Florence, Italy; international economics and peace studies, Class of 2018 — study and research grant to Italy.
• Grace Pettey, Davidsonville, Maryland; political science, Class of 2016 — English teaching assistantship to Rwanda.
• Ingabirano Nintunze, Austin, Texas; English and creative writing graduate student — study and research grant to New Zealand.
• Jasmine Feder, Granger, Indiana; neuroscience and behavior and Spanish, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Mexico.
• Jeannie Yoon, Boston, Massachusetts; English and creative writing graduate student — study and research grant to South Korea.
• Jeremy Cappello Lee, Tempe, Arizona; philosophy, Class of 2018 — study and research grant to South Korea.
• Kirsten Anderson, Gillette, Wyoming; theology graduate student — study and research grant to Germany.
• Kristina Hook, Pensacola, Florida; anthropology and peace studies graduate student — study and research grant to Ukraine.
• Maryam Rokhideh, Mission Viejo, California; anthropology and peace studies graduate student — study and research grant to Rwanda.
• Michael O’Connor, Indianapolis, Indiana; chemistry and Spanish, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Spain.
• Ryan Mas, West Bend, Wisconsin; theology and German, Class of 2018 — English teaching assistantship to Germany.
• Trini Bui, Vail, Arizona; English, Class of 2016, education/Alliance for Catholic Education graduate student — English teaching assistantship to Vietnam.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to pursue international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.
The program currently awards about 1,900 grants annually, operating in more than 140 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is currently accepting applications for 2019-2020. Undergraduate students and alumni interested in applying for the award can visit cuse.nd.edu/fulbright. Graduate students and alumni can visit graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/research/.
Originally published at news.nd.edu.