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November 27, 2013

Ohio University named a top U.S. Fulbright Scholarship producer 

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Ohio University as one of the "Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars by Type of Institution in 2013-14" in its November issue. With five Fulbright recipients from the University this year, OHIO is ranked alongside research institutions such as Boston University, Texas Tech University and New York University.

The ranking represents bright, dedicated OHIO students and the supportive web of faculty and staff who have helped them achieve an educational milestone, said Beth Clodfelter, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

"Ohio University has a long tradition of producing Fulbright Scholars," she said. "The University has a nurturing atmosphere that cultivates Fulbright Scholars, thanks largely to the work of our faculty."

President Roderick J. McDavis said the recognition in The Chronicle is a great reflection of the continuing success of Ohio University's mission.

"Ohio University is committed to the development of global citizens and our students' success in the Fulbright Program is a testament to that commitment," he said. "Our dedicated faculty and staff work tirelessly to broaden our students' horizons through international opportunities. Programs such as the Fulbright Program strengthen Ohio University's student-centered learning community and greatly enhance our world-class educational experience."

The U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarship Program provides grant funding for graduate students to study abroad and conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or further creative and performing arts training.

Four of OHIO's 2013-14 Fulbright Scholars will teach English as a foreign language and one will conduct research. They are:

  • Ashley Enyeart, English and German major - will teach English in German secondary schools.
  • Matt Kessler, a master's student awarded the first Thailand Fulbright, will teach English.
  • Eden Kinkaid, will conduct research in India about the Indian seed-saving movement to aid local farmers
  • Alex Lilly, an English major, will teach English in Malaysia.
  • Chelsea Patton, German and Creative Writing major, will teach in German secondary schools.

Student's merits stand on their own, but assistance from faculty and staff in the form of mentoring, recommendation letters and foreign language evaluations also factor into the scholarship decision. Faculty also serve on Fulbright interview panels. For the current 2014-15 application year, 32 students have already applied, a record number for the University, Clodfelter said.

Additional academic opportunities also help OHIO students stand out against the competition. Faculty are offering an increasing number of undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and are teaching research methodology classes to prepare students to critically analyze and assess the world around them. Classes offered within the Linguistics department are also helping them learn best practices for teaching English as a foreign language.

Outside the classroom, American and international students are paired through the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) program's weekly Conversation Hour to learn more about each other's culture and language. Students may also teach foreign language to local elementary children to broaden their skill set and prepare for their Fulbright experience.

For more about Ohio University's participation in the U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarship Program, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/international/ohio-university-fulbright-programs.cfm

Contact: Beth Clodfelter at 740-593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu

 

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