Published: July 12, 2012

MSU announces 19 Fulbright scholars

Contact(s): Stephanie Motschenbacher International Studies and Programs cell: (517) 648-9945 motsche3@msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nineteen Michigan State University students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year and two candidates have been named as alternates in the competitions.

Sponsored by the Department of State and the Department of Education, Fulbright awards are granted to 1,600 United States citizens for use in more than 155 countries annually. They fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies.

Approximately 310,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.

Grants are awarded in all fields of study, allowing recipients to design their own programs and pursue one academic year of study or research. In addition, Fulbright English teaching assistantships are available to more than 50 countries.

Of the 19 new fellows, 18 were selected for a Fulbright program by the Institute of International Education, which will cover costs, fees and expenses associated with study, research and/or teaching assistantships abroad. The 19th fellow was given an English teaching award directly by the Fulbright Commission in Austria.

At MSU, the Fulbright Program is administered by International Studies and Programs, where a faculty member is available to advise students and faculty regarding the application process. For more information about the program, visit www.isp.msu.edu/funding/fulbright.htm

Following are the MSU Fulbright students:

  • Alex Galarza, a doctoral student in history. Research: soccer clubs in mid-20th century Argentina
  • Jennifer Eaglin, a doctoral student in history. Research: development of the ethanol industry in Brazil under the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Todd Ellick, a doctoral student in history. Research: Namibia
  • Connor Ryan, a doctoral student in English. Research: film in Nigeria
  • John Somerville, a doctoral student in history. Research: China
  • Kara Stevens, a doctoral student in fisheries. Research: Nicaragua
  • Catherin Cloutier, a graduate student in community psychology has been awarded the mtvU-Fulbright award developing youth leadership through Dance for Life to combat the spread of AIDS in Barbados
  • Kirsta Perry, a 2011 graduate in teacher education will teach English in Laos
  • Fiada Williams, a 2011 graduate of teacher education will teach English in Germany
  • Marlee Seidman, a 2011 graduate in marketing will have a business internship in Mexico
  • Alex Urban, a 2011 graduate in history and Russian will teach English in Russia
  • Alyssa Meyer, a 2011 graduate from James Madison College in international relations. Research: energy research in Kyrgyzstan
  • Kirstie Sieloff, a 2012 graduate in urban planning will teach English in Germany
  • Luke Bates, a 2012 graduate in linguistics and Japanese will teach English in South Korea
  • Kathryn Bonnen, a 2012 graduate in computer science. Research: The Max Planck Institute in Germany
  • Marissa Perry, a 2012 graduate from James Madison College in international relations. Research: post-holocaust trials in Germany
  • Scott Osdras, a 2012 graduate from James Madison College in comparative cultures and politics will teach English in Taiwan
  • Scott McIntosh, a 2012 graduate in criminal justice will teach English in Bahrain
  • Christina McPike, a 2012 graduate in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, German and Women’s Studies will teach English in Austria

The MSU Fulbright student alternates are:

  • Chelsea Champlin, a 2012 graduate from James Madison College in comparative cultures and linguistics would teach English in South Korea
  • Kimberly Rovin, a doctoral student in anthropology would conduct dissertation research in Malawi

For more call Roger Bresnahan, coordinator of Fulbright programs, at (517) 432-8244.

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