Featured Stories

University named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

Ohio University has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producer of 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Students.  

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
With 10 Fulbright recipients named from the University this year, OHIO placed on the list with fellow research institutions such as Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Boston College and Stanford University.

“Ohio University takes great pride in our students’ continued success in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “Our standing as a top-producer of Fulbright students is a reflection of OHIO’s academic strength and our commitment to global education. Our faculty and staff strongly support personal development through the pursuit of diverse international opportunities. We are proud of our Fulbright awardees and thankful for the many ways that their experiences will contribute to broader perspectives, greater understanding and transformative learning in our community and communities around the world.”

The Fulbright competition is administered through the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. The U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarship Program provides grant funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad to conduct research, teach English as a foreign language or further creative activities and performing arts training. Thirty-five applicants competed for awards in 2014-15, a University record.

The 2014-15 Fulbright scholarship recipients are:

•   Breanna Carrero, College of Arts and Sciences, German Education and Science Education major - Germany – English Teaching Assistantship
•   Micia Clemmons, Scripps College of Communication, Master’s student in Media Arts and Studies - South Korea –English Teaching Assistantship
•   Raul Inesta, Honors Tutorial College, Philosophy major - South Korea – English Teaching Assistantship
•   Barbara Jewell, Honors Tutorial College, Art History major - Germany – English Teaching Assistantship
•   Darian Pinkston, College of Arts and Sciences, French and Linguistics double major - Brazil – English Teaching Assistantship
•   Amanda Roden, College of Arts and Sciences, Spanish major - Argentina – English Teaching Assistantship
•   Don Sim, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Master’s student in Public Health - South Korea – Public Health, “Health Literacy and the Quality of Physician-Patient Communication in South Korea”
•   Avery Tucker, College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental and Plant Biology major - China – Biology, “Bacterial population dynamics in Chinese stinky tofu”
•   Clare Volz, College of Arts and Sciences, Integrated Language Arts major - Indonesia – English Teaching Assistant
•   Megan Westervelt, Scripps College of Communication, Master’s student in Visual Communication - Ecuador – Photography, “A Visual Exploration of Biodiversity Conservation Efforts in Amazonian Ecuador”

“Having Ohio University Fulbright student awardees recognized at the national level, and having them tie the number of awards (10) earned by students at Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Boston College and Tufts, is a wonderful honor,” said Beth Clodfelter, ONCA director. “Those students worked extremely hard to become strong applicants and many faculty members shared valuable advice with them. This was an unusually successful year for our English Teaching Assistantship applicants and a great deal of credit goes to the Department of Linguistics and to the professors that teach the Teaching English as a Foreign Language classes.”

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.

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 information, contact Beth Clodfelter at 740-593-2723 or onca@ohio.edu

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.