TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –– Ten Florida State University students will be traveling to exotic locations all over the world this year to pursue research or teach English after winning Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships.
The students are among more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
“We are proud of the exceptional work done by our 10 Fulbright recipients this year,” said Craig Filar, director of the FSU Office of National Fellowships. “They represent a cross-section of our students at Florida State University. Having students from the creative arts, humanities, education, social sciences, human sciences and natural sciences receive Fulbright grants demonstrates the talent and commitment of all of our academic communities on campus.”
Five of the 10 students received Fulbright Full Grants, which will allow them to study and/or conduct research in a foreign country for an academic year.
*Rose Bunch — A doctoral student in creative writing, Bunch, of Elkins, Ark., will be going to Indonesia to research and write a nonfiction book examining how global commerce has affected Indonesia in relationship to her personal experiences witnessing similar rapid, large-scale change in rural Arkansas.
*Georgia Christakis — A Boca Raton resident who recently graduated with honors in English, Christakis will be traveling to Greece to work on The Seven Countries Study that will examine the nutritional habits and dietary intakes of the participants of a previous study conducted 50 years ago.
*Kerry Gilmore — A doctoral student in chemistry, Gilmore, of Brewster, Mass., will travel to Italy to use the pulse gamma-radiation equipment available at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Bologna to gain mechanistic insight about the novel 5-endo-dig radical cyclization.
*Shaina Hyder — Hyder, a Jacksonville resident who recently graduated with honors in sociology, will be traveling to Bangladesh to study women’s “financial independence” as evidenced by garment workers’ distribution and use of their salaries.
*(Enoch) Matt Stanfill — A doctoral student in education from Cantonment, Fla., Stanfill will travel to Cambodia to conduct a qualitative study to understand the training and preparedness of new Cambodian educators.
Another five students received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. Under this program, students are placed in schools or universities in foreign countries where they work as teaching assistants in order to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, they may also pursue individual study and research. They are:
*Richard Benson — Benson, a Tallahassee resident who graduated recently with degrees in history and economics, will teach English to students in Turkey.
*Ryan Clary — A Tallahassee resident who graduated recently with a degree in English, Clary has declined his Fulbright to teach English in Malaysia in order to accept a position as a program assistant in Florida State’s Study Center in Florence, Italy.
*(Michal) Allison Leger –– A master’s student in the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, Leger, from Midland City, Ala., will teach English to students in Macau.
*Aleksey Sanchez —The Hialeah Gardens, Fla., resident graduated recently with degrees in Russian and international affairs. He has declined his Fulbright to teach in Russia in order to accept a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, an extremely competitive award for students seeking careers in the U.S. Foreign Service.
*Julie Walker — Walker, who hails from McDonough, Ga., and graduated recently with degrees in music and Spanish, will teach English to students in Spain.
That 10 students received Fulbrights is indicative of Florida State’s impressive track record with this program, Filar said.
“I hope the campus-wide success of our Fulbright applicants will encourage more students to consider applying for this prestigious honor,” he said.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.