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Ohio University among nation's leaders in producing student Fulbright scholars

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 17, 2006) -- Ohio University is tied for eighth in the nation  in producing student Fulbright recipients for the 2006-07 academic year. According to a story in the Oct. 20 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the university is tied with five other top universities with 12 student scholars and one recent graduate. 

Grantees receive this prestigious award for their current research and scholarly work overseas. 

Ohio University's success rate of 13 winners among 29 applicants (.448) is the second best among the top 25 research universities on the Chronicle list. This is the third straight year that more than 40 percent of the university's Fulbright applicants have received awards.

For the fourth straight year, Ohio University leads the state of Ohio in the number of Fulbright grantees.

Ohio University is tied with Princeton, Penn State, the University of Texas-Austin, UCLA and Boston College.

"The schools on this list are among the most elite in the United States, and it is wonderful to see us among this type of academic company," Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs Beth Clodfelter said. "This type of recognition shows that Ohio University students can compete on a national level and that they are prepared and ready to take on challenges. Identifying and helping students with the application process involves many different departments and strengths of the university."

This is the third straight year that Ohio University has made this list. Last fall, the university ranked 24th with nine scholars, and Ohio University was 21st with nine scholars for the 2004-05 academic year.

This year's class of 13 Fulbright grantees includes undergraduate, master's and doctoral students from 13 departments in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communication, Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, Honors Tutorial and the Center for International Studies. The grantees are conducting independent research, teaching English and completing projects in the creative arts. They applied last fall.

More than 130 faculty members were actively involved in the formal application and interview process. "Many faculty members also advise the students as they develop their projects and help them network with international experts and other contacts," Clodfelter said.

"I am as pleased about the high success rate we have as I am about the total number of student grantees," Clodfelter said. "It shows that faculty members are providing exceptional mentoring and that the student winners are well-prepared and motivated."

The Fulbright Program, which was established in 1946, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The application process includes a project statement, an extensive application, an intellectual autobiography and three letters of recommendation. Research and creative arts applicants must also supply letters of support from contacts they have established abroad to support their projects.

Fulbright informational sessions for next academic year will begin on campus in January. Students and faculty interested in the Fulbright Program should contact Clodfelter at 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu.

2006-07 Ohio University Fulbright Program recipients

Philip Allman
Doctoral student, Department of Biological Sciences
Ghana – "Community Based Sea Turtle Program"

Warner Asch
Honors Tutorial College, philosophy major
India – "Kabir Mysticism in Varanasi"

Julie DePaulo
World religions major, Department of Classics and World Religions
Japan – "Spirituality in a Modern Japanese Community"

Layne Hanson
Center for International Studies – Latin American studies major
Indonesia – teaching assistantship

Tod Imperato
Master's student, Latin American studies
Chile – teaching assistantship

Troy Johnson
Master's student, international development studies
Indonesia – "Islamic Participation in Voter Education Programs"

Eileen Kelbach
German major, Department of Modern Languages
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

Melanie Schori
Doctoral student, Department of 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 of fine arts student, departments of art history and photography
Germany – "The Photogram Process in Germany"

Carly Witmer
Bachelor of fine arts student, Department of Painting
Ecuador – "Indigenismo and Ecuador"

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu, or Director or U.S. Fulbright Programs and Liaison for International Partnerships Beth Clodfelter, 740-593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu

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