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Fifteen students make final round in Fulbright competition

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 7, 2006) -- Fifteen Ohio University students have been recommended to the final round of competition in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. This is a new Ohio University record for the highest number of recommended students in this prestigious national competition. The students, who have applied to visit ten countries, represent programs in six colleges, as well as the Center for International Studies. Last year nine Ohio University students won the prestigious award, setting a record for the highest number of Fulbright recipients from the university.

The candidates will each find out sometime between March and June whether they will receive a Fulbright award. Those who receive the award will spend the 2006-07 academic year abroad working on projects funded by the Fulbright program. The recommended students, their Ohio University majors, the countries to which they have applied and the name of their projects are:

Philip Allman
Doctoral student, Biological Sciences
Ghana - Community-Based Sea Turtle Program in Ghana
Warner Asch
Honors Tutorial College, Philosophy major
India - Kabir Mysticism in Varanasi
Julie DePaulo
World Religions major
Japan - Spirituality in a Modern Japanese Community
Layne Hanson
International Studies - Latin American Studies major
Indonesia - Teaching Assistantship
Tod Imperato
Master's student, Latin American Studies
Chile Teaching - Assistantship
Mary Katherine Johnson
Master's student, Visual Communications
South Africa - South African Identity in Youth of Color
Troy Johnson
Master's student, International Development Studies
Indonesia - Islamic Participation in Voter Education Programs
Eileen Kelbach
German major
Germany - Teaching Assistantship
Clarissa Kornell
Honors Tutorial College, Political Science major
Indonesia - Teaching Assistantship
Alyssa Malchi
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences major
Korea - Teaching Assistantship
David Porter
Alumnus, Master's in Business Administration program
Estonia - Economic Impact of Information Technology in Estonia
Melanie Schori
Doctoral student, Environmental and Plant Biology
Philippines - Field Research on Philippine Trees (Gomphandra)
Megan Schuck
German, Political Science and Journalism major
Germany - Teaching Assistantship
Genevieve Waller
Master's of Fine Arts student, Departments of Art History and Photography
Germany - The Photogram Process in Germany
Carly Witmer
Bachelor's of Fine Arts student, Painting
Ecuador - Indigenismo and Ecuador

Assistant Director of the Center for International Studies and Ohio University's U.S. Fulbright Program adviser Beth Clodfelter commends all of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program applicants. "The diversity of the academic programs that these fifteen students represent highlights the excellence of education available across the Ohio University campus," Clodfelter said. "These students rose to the challenge of the rigorous Fulbright application process and would serve as outstanding cultural ambassadors for the university and the country."

Clodfelter expressed her appreciation to the more than 130 faculty and staff members across campus who assisted Ohio University students in the Fulbright application process participating in campus interviews, writing letters of recommendation and administering foreign language evaluations.

Students interested in applying for the 2007-08 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, who are U.S. citizens and who will be seniors, masters or doctoral students next fall, as well as younger students who would like to receive information early, are invited to attend one of the following

Fulbright U.S. Student Program information sessions, which will be held in Baker Center room 332:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon

For more information, please contact Beth Clodfelter, the Fulbright Program adviser, at clodfele@ohio.edu or (740) 593-2302 or visit Ohio University's Fulbright Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/fulbright.htm.

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Media Contact: Center for International Studies Assistant Director Beth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu, or Center for International Studies Assistant Director of Communication and Graduate Programming Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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