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Ohio University student wins Fulbright Grant

ATHENS, Ohio (March 28, 2005) -- Robert Davis, a doctoral candidate in Ohio University's Department of History, has won a Fulbright grant for the 2005-06 academic year to study Norway's international diplomacy and role in NATO. Davis will spend the year conducting research at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Defense Institute.

"The opportunity to live in a European country, particularly one that has a unique perch on the periphery of what Americans have traditionally considered to be the core of (Western) Europe will enhance my understanding as a scholar and teacher of European politics, society and culture," said Davis.

According to Michael Grow, director of the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, Davis will serve as the institute's ambassador to its Norwegian counterpart, the Forum for Contemporary History at the University of Oslo.

"His year there will significantly advance the recently established international linkage between the two academic programs, and it will open the way for other Ohio University graduate students to take advantage of Oslo's excellent and varied research resources in the future," said Grow.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree in European history from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in history from Ohio University and he now teaches in Ohio University's Department of History. His Fulbright research will form the basis for his dissertation entitled "NATO, Norway, and the Soviet Navy." After completing his dissertation, Davis plans to teach modern European history at a college or university in the United States.

Thirteen Ohio University students were recommended to the final round of competition in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year. This ties Ohio University's record, set last year, for the highest number of recommended students in this prestigious national competition. The other 12 candidates will each find out sometime between March and June whether they will receive a Fulbright award. Last year, nine Ohio University students won Fulbright awards.

Ohio University's U.S. Fulbright Program advisor Elizabeth Clodfelter said, "Robert Davis did an excellent job of exploring the resources related to his project that are available in Norway and of establishing important contacts in Oslo. I hope that his Fulbright experience will benefit both his dissertation and his future."

Students interested in applying for the 2006-2007 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, who are U.S. citizens and who will be seniors, master's or doctoral students next fall, as well as younger students who would like to receive information early, are invited to attend one of the following Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session, all of which will be held in Baker University Center room 332:

Wednesday, April 6, 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m.-noon
Monday, April 11, 2-3 p.m.

For more information, please contact Clodfelter, the Fulbright Program adviser, at (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu or visit Ohio University's Fulbright Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/fulbright/fulbright.htm.  

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Media Contacts: Elizabeth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu, or Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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