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Fordham Named Top Fulbright Producer


For the fourth time in the school’s history, Fordham University has been named as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars.

The complete list of top-ranking institutions was announced by the U.S. Department of State, which administers the Fulbright Program, and is highlighted in the Oct. 28 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year proved to be a stellar one for Fordham students and the Campion Institute and Office of Prestigious Scholarships, pulling in 12 Fulbright awards and achieving the highest success rate since 2010.

The 12 awards placed Fordham at a four-way tie for No. 14 on a list of a select 41 research institutions to earn double-digit Fulbrights. The University tied with University of California, San Diego, the University of Southern California, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Fordham came in just behind fellow Jesuit school Georgetown University, which had 13 awards. Another Jesuit school, Boston College, came in at No. 8 with 19 awards.

“The students who won Fulbright grants in the 2013-14 competition spent months crafting their applications. Their success is a testament not only to their own hard work, but also to dedication of the faculty members who gave them such a strong academic foundation,” said Rebecca Stark-Gendrano, Fulbright Fellowship coordinator.

As of June 26, seven students won English Teaching Assistantships (ETA), three students won research and study grants, and two students won the relatively new Public Policy Fellowship. The 12 winners came from a pool of 43 applicants, for a yield rate of 26 percent.

Fordham’s 2010 achievement of 13 Fulbright winners had placed the University at No. 18 on The Chronicle’s annual list—up from No. 28 the previous year.

Nationally, 1,820 students, artists, and young professionals were selected from more than 9,000 applicants. Their Fulbright grants, which begin this fall, will send them to over 140 countries throughout the world to study, teach English, and conduct research.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fordham’s winners of 2013-14 Fulbrights are:

  • Asmaa Awad-Farid, GSE ’13, ETA to Israel;
  • Lucy Barnhouse, GSAS ’16, to Germany for her project, “Hospitals as Religious Institutions and the Medieval Treatment of Leprosy: Mainz, 1244-1”;
  • Matthew Briel, GSAS ’15, to Austria for his project, “Bridging East and West: Gennadios Scholarios on Providence and Human Freedom”;
  • Jayson Browder, PCS ’13, ETA to Turkey;
  • Anne Buckel, FCRH ’13, ETA to Vietnam;
  • Sean Cox, GSAS ’13, a Public Policy Fellowship in Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture;
  • Sara Lynch, FRCH ’11, ETA to Colombia;
  • Kelly O’Brien, FCRH ’13, to Canada for her project, “Contents Under Pressure: The Ethics of Graffiti and Advertising”;
  • Andrew Palomo, GSS ’16, a Public Policy Fellowship in Guatemala’s Ministry of Education;
  • AnnaMaria Shaker, FCRH ’13, ETA to Morocco;
  • Anjanae Wilson, GSS ’13, ETA to Brazil; and
  • Nusrat Jahan, FCLC ’13, ETA to Bangladesh.

In addition, Kathleen Glatthaar, FCRH ’12, GSE ’13 received an ETA to Austria under the auspices of the Fulbright program and the Austrian-American Educational Commission.

One student was also named as Fulbright alternate: Evangelos Razis, FCLC ’13, to Singapore for his research project, “Politics of Financial Speculation: A Case Study of Singapore’s Housing Markets.”


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