For the eighth year in a row, Northwestern University is in the top 10 producers of U.S. Fulbright grant recipients among the nation’s research institutions, according to a ranking published in the Oct. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Twenty-two Northwestern seniors, graduate students and recent alumni have been awarded and accepted the prestigious 2012-2013 scholarships from the flagship U.S. government-sponsored program funding international research and exchange. (Northwestern had five others who were selected for the award but declined it for various reasons.)

This number of Fulbright scholars ranks Northwestern sixth out of all the research institutions nationwide that submit Fulbright applications. Northwestern tied for sixth place with Columbia University and the University of Texas at Austin.

The University’s Fulbright winners represent nearly every Northwestern undergraduate school as well as the law school. Studying in Vietnam, Senegal, India, Chile, Italy, Bulgaria, China and other nations around the world, they come from disciplines that range from psychology, journalism and linguistics to law, engineering and medicine.

Fulbright recipients receive support for an academic year’s study or research in any of more than 100 countries, beginning this fall. The program also includes the English Teaching Assistant awards.

“We owe our great success with the program to the talent of our undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and alums — as well as to the superb organizational skills of our Fulbright manager for the past six years, Steve Hill,” said Sara Anson Vaux, director of Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships. Her office took on responsibility for the Fulbright competition at Northwestern eight years ago. 

“We also have built up an impressive roster of Fulbright faculty advisers and have drawn in even more faculty to help with campus interviews,” she said.

“Our applicants build on their strong disciplinary foundation, aided by superb departmental mentoring, to emerge with well constructed, well conceived projects,” Hill said. “That is why they win in great numbers.”

Northwestern Fulbrighters are undertaking a wide variety of projects in countries around the globe. They include:

  • William Carey received an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Award in journalism to the UK. Carey will study the economic and social impacts of the Olympics, with an eye to how new sports facilities displace people and wreck neighborhoods.
  • Jennifer Haag will study in France and work on developing a surgical simulator for pediatric hernia repair. Conventional pediatric simulators are underdeveloped, leading to adverse health implications for many young patients.
  • Jamie Hoversen will teach English in Hungary while simultaneously serving as a study abroad liaison for international providers. Teaching and study abroad are Hoversen’s two life ambitions.
  • Patricia Radkowski will study the tensions between church and state in Poland using schools as her lens. Communities project upon schools a host of desires that uneasily jostle competing and conflicting desires for secularity and religious guidance.
  • Justin Trop will teach English for a year in a Vietnamese school. He plans to attend medical school and sought time in Vietnam to better understand international education as part of his long-term interest in global public health education.
  • Minna Zhou will study in Senegal and investigate the development of the pidgin language through a study of Senegalese market languages — a mixture of French, Wolof and, increasingly, Chinese.

The complete list of Northwestern 2012-2013 Fulbright recipients and where they are studying follows:

Anna Alber (Senegal), English teaching; William Carey (United Kingdom), journalism; David D’Antonio (Italy), English teaching; Jennifer Haag (France), engineering; Sarah Hong (China), political science; Jamie Hoversen (Hungary), English teaching; Adam Israelov (India), law; Azeta Kola (Albania), history, cultural and intellectual; Kelly Ksiazek (Germany), ecology; Chiraag Kulkarni (India), medical sciences; Todd Levine (Mexico), English teaching; Nathaniel Mathews (Oman), modern history; Katherine Naselli Adamski (India), psychology; Madeleine Orenstein (Chile), education; Patricia Radkowski (Poland), law; Tatiana Rostovtseva (Bulgaria), English teaching; Anna Sims (Italy), political science; Victoria Sun (Turkey), English teaching; Peter Thilly (China), modern history; Justin Trop (Vietnam), English teaching; Christine Yang (Korea), education; and Minna Zhou (Senegal), linguistics.

Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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