ATHENS, Ohio (May 2, 2007) -- Three more Ohio University students and two alumni have received word on U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar grants for next year. Their awards bring the university's total Fulbrights known so far this spring to eight.
Senior mathematics and German major Helen Hauser and senior German, French and Spanish major Brenton Withers, as well as Daniel Utrata, who graduated after fall quarter with a bachelor's degree in German and political science pre-law, will teach English in Germany. Doctoral student in cultural studies in education Catherine Cutcher will study education in Kenya, and David Porter, an alumnus of the master of business administration program, will study the economic impact of information technology in Estonia.
Three other Fulbrighters for next year already have been announced. They are seniors Angela Kilbane and Dale Albanese, who will teach English in Indonesia and Taiwan, respectively, and senior Tim Lorek, who will conduct research in Chile. Other finalists are awaiting their results, which could arrive any time between now and the end of June.
While applying for a Fulbright takes an enormous commitment from students -- it involves five pages of forms, two essays, an interview, letters of recommendation and sometimes language evaluations and letters from host countries -- there's another ingredient: an unprecedented level of faculty support. Some awardees list four or five faculty members who have provided valuable mentorship.
For instance, awardee Daniel Utrata singles out Annette Steigerwald, assistant professor of German, for the key role she played for him and the other two students who will teach English in Germany next year.
"I'd say she put in 10 to 15 hours of her own time meeting with me," he said. "(Faculty advisers) really allow us to hone in on the main points of our proposals and highlight the past experiences that we've had."
Last year, Ohio University led the state for the fourth straight year in the number of U.S. Student Fulbright grantees and is ranked 14th nationally (tied with Princeton and Boston College) for its number of student Fulbright winners.
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Written by: Elizabeth Boyle, a writer with University Communications and Marketing
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