U-M among top in nation for producing Fulbright students, scholars

Seven University of Michigan scholars and 28 U-M students have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2009-2010.Among the faculty scholar winners, U-M’s Ann Arbor campus led the country in the U.S. State Department-funded Fulbright awards, along with Michigan State University and the University of Oregon, each receiving seven awards. UM-Flint also produced a Fulbright Scholar.Among the student winners, U-M tied with Stanford University, producing 28 winners each. Only three universities produced more: Northwestern University (32), the University of Chicago (31), and Brown University (29). A total of 111 U-M students applied, although an especially large class, 144, has already applied for next year’s Fulbrights.The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to more than 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at U-M through the International Institute.U-M’s 2009-10 Fulbright Fellows and their destinations and topics of study:Beenish Ahmed, B.A., LSA (Political Science,South Asian Studies), United KingdomSouth Asians in England: Oxford as a Site of Colonial EncounterBreonna Arder, B. A., LSA (Anthropology, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies), EgyptForced Migration and Refugee Studies in CairoBaird Campbell, B.A., LSA (Applied Linguistics, French, Latin American and Caribbean Studies), SpainEnglish Teaching AssistantshipBreton Dimick, Ph.D, Rackham (School of Music/Ethnomusicology, Southeast Asian Studies), VietnamCa tru Music: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Imperial Culture in Contemporary VietnamAnna Alexandra Fodde-Reguer, Ph. D, Rackham (Chinese History and Religion), TaiwanCracks on a Shell and the Spirit Possessed: Divination and Religious Efficacy in Early ChinaAmanda Garratt, M.A., Rackham (SNRE), PeruTraditional Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon: Toward a Collaborative ApproachGregory Green, B.A., LSA (Physics, History, German), GermanyEnglish Teaching AssistantshipJoshua Gubler, Ph.D, Rackham (Political Science, Psychology, Middle Eastern Studies), IsraelInterethnic Aggression in IsraelJuliet Guzzetta, Ph. D., Rackham (Italian Language and Literature), ItalyNarrative Theater: Culture and Politics to the Masses!Sara Jackson, Ph. D., Rackham (German Studies, Performance Studies), GermanyConstructions and Performances of Femininity and Criminality at the Turn of the CenturyKarin Jors, B.A., LSA (German, Psychology), GermanyEnglish Teaching AssistantshipRebecca Kamil, B.S., LSA (Anthropology-Zoology, Jewish Cultural Studies) TurkeyEnglish Teaching AssistantshipSarah Kesler, B.S., LSA (Biopsychology, Spanish), SpainEnglish Teaching AssistantshipEmily Lundgren, B.A., LSA (History, Program in the Environment), TurkeyEnglish Teaching AssistantshipJane Martin, M. F. A., LSA (Creative Writing), CanadaA New Chapter: Recognizing French-Canadian Heritage in AmericaSusan Massey, M.Sc., Rackham (Architecture History/Theory), AustraliaThe Aesthetics of Performance: Regulating Architectural Style in Low-Income HousingChristopher McLaurin, B.A., LSA (History), South AfricaFactors in Successful Mentoring Programs for Young Male Orphans in JohannesburgLeyton Nelson, B.A., LSA (Chinese, Economics), Hong KongEnglish Teaching AssistantshipGabriel Newland, B.A., LSA (Political Science), TaiwanEnglish Teaching AssistantshipCharlotte Peterson, B.A., LSA (German, Linguistics), GermanyEnglish Teaching AssistantshipMegan Ryan, M.P.H., Rackham (SPH), IndonesiaThe Impact of Decentralization on Maternal and Child Health in IndonesiaJessica Soley, B.A., LSA (Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Spanish), MexicoBinational Business GrantYona Stamatis, Ph.D., Rackham (School of Music/Ethnomusicology), GreeceRebetika, a Musical Negotiation of National Identity in GreeceKirti Thummala, B.S., LSA (Biological Psychology, Biological Anthropology), Sri LankaExploring Meditation as a Form of Therapy for DepressionJack Tocco, Ph.D., Rackham (Anthropology), NigeriaHIV/AIDS and Islamic Society in Northern NigeriaDina Ufberg, B.A., LSA (Public Policy Education, International Education), Hong KongEnglish Teaching AssistantshipRebecca Yeh, M.I.A, (LSA) Middle Eastern Studies, Policy and Economic Analysis, BahrainApplication of Islamic Finance: from Bahrain to the United StatesYilin Zhang, B.A., LSA (Anthropology, International Relations), ChinaHealth Insurance Decision-Making Process among Chinese WomenThe U-M Fulbright Scholars (seven from the Ann Arbor campus and one from UM Flint) and their destinations include:Alina Clej, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Romania.Janet Hart, Anthropology, France.Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Colombia.Kelly Ann Kowatch, Seminar Program, Germany.Diane E. Larsen-Freeman, TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Austria.Mary Jo Kietzman, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Kazakhstan.Carl Rodemer, Art, Germany.Albert Shih, Engineering, Taiwan.The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Fulbright Grants are available for study, research, teaching, and work in the creative and performing arts.

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