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Seven OHIO students win Fulbright awards


Seven Ohio University students and alumni will travel abroad during the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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 OHIO recipients are Roger Anderson, Andrea Chen, Jill Granberg, Ben Hargrove, Amelia Krales, Aaron Malone, and Jordan Pleasant.

Anderson, who received his master's degrees in African studies and French in June 2009, will travel to Morocco. His project is titled "Al-Harrali and the Wahdat al-Wujud: A translation and analysis." He also will be taking advanced Arabic classes thanks to a Critical Language Enhancement Award, also provided through the Fulbright program.

Chen earned her bachelor's degree in journalism in 2009 and will travel to China. Her project is titled "Overcoming Socioeconomic Adversity: Case Studies of Nine Underprivileged Students."

Granberg, who earned her master's in communication and development studies in June, will study in Syria. Her project is titled "Television drama and cultural identity in contemporary Damascus: The Case of Bab al-Hara."

Hargrove, a master's student in cultural studies in education and college student personnel, will travel to Indonesia. His project is titled "Understanding Visual Impairment in Indonesian Higher Education: A Qualitative Case Study." His receipt of a Critical Language Enhancement Award will enable him to further his study of the Indonesian language.

Krales, who earned her master's degree from OHIO in visual communications in 2009, will travel to Tuvalu as the first Fulbright awardee ever to that nation.  Her photo-documentary project is titled "Living in the Shadow of Climate Change: Documenting Tuvalu's Uncertain Future."

Malone, who earned a master's degree in geography in June, will study in Mexico. His project is titled "Collective remittances and development in Zacatecas: the impact of hometown associations."

Pleasant, who earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and art history in June 2010, will study in India. His project is titled "Surrealism in Postcolonial Bengali Literature."

"Ohio University's 2010-11 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awardees will pursue fascinating research around the world," said Ohio University Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs Beth Clodfelter. "Their excellent research proposals, academic credentials, recommendations and, in some cases, foreign language skills stood out in what was statistically the toughest Fulbright competition yet. Their success is a credit to the hard work and good ideas of each of those awardees, as well as a testament to the support and guidance of faculty members in a wide variety of academic departments."

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For more information, contact Beth Clodfelter at 740-593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu.