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Northwestern Places Fourth in Number of Fulbright Fellowships

Twenty-four students have received Fulbright awards for 2008-09.

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October 22, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Fellowships for the second straight year. Twenty-four Northwestern students have received Fulbright awards for 2008-09.

The University ranks fourth highest among major universities in the country, the same ranking as last year.

"Most of this year's Fulbright winners are studying and working overseas already," said Sara Anson Vaux, director of the Fellowship Office and Fulbright Program Advisor.

The three schools with more Fulbrights are the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Harvard University and Yale University, with 31, 29 and 26, respectively.

Northwestern tied for fourth place with the University of California at Berkeley, followed by the University of Chicago (23), Brown University (21), Cornell University (20), University of Wisconsin at Madison (19), and Georgetown University, Stanford University and University of Southern California, each with 18.

The students, their Fulbright study subjects and countries are:

Karen Attiah - Communications - Ghana
Catherine Barnes - Musical Instrument Training - Brazil
David Bouchard - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Vietnam
John Delanay - Economic Development - Senegal
Alex Djalali - Lingustics - Netherlands
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez - Public Health - Argentina
Peter Holderness - Journalism - Spain
Jason Johnson - Modern History - Germany
Caroline Kemp - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Malaysia
Ashley Klobubar - Law - Germany
Brandon Lane - Chemistry - Germany
Katherine Lawson - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Germany
Jonah Leshin - Mathematics - United Kingdom
Vivian Leung - Public Health - China
Caley McIntyre - Public Health - Mexico
Joel Morris - Comparative Literature - Germany
Staphanie Nadalo - Cultural and Intellectual History - Italy
Michael Pecak - Musical Instrument Training - Poland
Zachary Pfau - Musical Instrument Training - France
Samuel Pickerill - Engineering - China
Victoria Prussing - Cultural and Intellectual History - Germany
Steven Tester - Comparative Literature - Germany
Lisa Yountchi - Language and Literature - Tajikistan
Barbara Zukowski - Language and Literature - Poland

Northwestern had two more students who were selected for the award but declined it, said Stephen Hill, associate director of the Office of Fellowships and manager of the Fulbright program, adding that three other students won Fulbright-at-large awards.

Under the Fulbright Fellows program, almost 1,500 American students are studying and working on Fulbrights this academic year.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." It receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. The United States contributed nearly $221 million to the fellowships this year.

Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support, e.g., through salary supplements, tuition waivers, and university housing.
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