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OHIO Fulbright program in the news

Two national media outlets have covered Ohio University’s participation in the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a list of top Fulbright producing institutions by type for 2011-2012, and The New York Times website included contributions from Amelia Holowaty Krales, a master’s student in the School of Visual Communication, who spent 10 months in the nation of Tuvalu, an archipelago of nine South Pacific islands, on a 2010-11 Fulbright research grant.

In terms of its total number of Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, Ohio University ranked among the top 42 research institutions in the country, receiving nine Fulbright awards from a total of 28 applications. Joining Ohio University with nine awards were Duke University, Fordham University, New York University, San Diego State University, Tufts University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Georgia and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Visit chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-US/129452 to view the complete list.

“The Ohio University community is very proud of last year’s student Fulbright applicants. All 28 of them speak to the excellence of our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Honors Tutorial College Dean Jeremy Webster.

“I was also very proud to learn that Ohio University is among the top five research institutions in the percentage of our applicants who received Fulbright awards last year. We also produced the highest number of recipients in the state of Ohio, as well as in the MAC conference. And only one of our Presidential Peer Institutions, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received more Fulbright awards than Ohio University.”

Krales published a post in The New York Times Green Blog about the effect of global warming on Tuvalu. She spent from October 2010 to August 2011 documenting the islands’ changing landscapes and lives of its residents as the waters that surround them rise. Visit green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/as-danger-laps-at-its-shores-tuvalu-pleads-for-action to read her post and lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/no-place to view a slideshow of her photographs.

“Being published in The New York Times speaks volumes about Amelia’s talent and is another indication of the excellent education that students receive in the School of Visual Communication,” said Beth Clodfelter, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. “Amelia’s photos just may help to further the efforts of Tuvaluan officials to publicize the country’s plight and to encourage other nations to reduce their carbon emissions. Those impactful pictures are a tangible indication of the power of Fulbright awardees to make meaningful contributions to the world.”

The Honors Tutorial College is based on the centuries old tutorial system of undergraduate education developed at Oxford and Cambridge universities in Great Britain. Ohio University is the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of the traditional tutorial system. Visit www.honors.ohio.edu for more information.