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Vassar College numbers among the top ten undergraduate colleges for U.S. Fulbright fellowships

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar College, with ten recent graduates named Fulbright Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year, is the fifth highest producer of Fulbright recipients among undergraduate institutions in the country, along with two other colleges. The success of the top Fulbright producing institutions was highlighted in the 18 October 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Vassar’s ten alumnae/i Fulbright Fellows will teach and conduct research in various countries during the 2009-10 academic year, including:

  • Sam Anderson ’09 has been awarded a grant to Morocco to interview Moroccan veterans of the French Army from WWII about their experiences during and after the war in Europe and their participation in the Moroccan nationalist movement of the 1950s;

  • Ethan Bien ’04 has been awarded a grant to Russia to study Soviet animation—the people who produced the films and the techniques they used;

  • Laura Fletcher ’09 has been awarded a grant to China to examine the theories and techniques being taught to counselors in Beijing;

  • Jonathan Kaiman ’09 also has been awarded a grant to China to study the impact of modernity on the musical traditions of the Yi people in Southwestern China;

  • Alexander “Sasha” Steinberg ’09 has been awarded a grant to Russia to embark on a critical investigation of public arts in Moscow through the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU).
  • In addition, five alumnae/i were awarded English teaching assistantships: Alison Bloom ’09 (Uruguay), Michael Frenkel ’09 (Spain); Geoff Hilsabeck ’03 (Portugal); Acacia O’Connor ’08 (Italy); and Kristina Poznan ’08 (Hungary).

Lisa Kooperman, director of Vassar’s Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising, said that her office “supports more than 40 candidates each year in their applications for Fulbright grants to research, study or teach abroad.”

In addition, last spring Vassar had two Fulbright Scholars named for the 2009-10 academic year:

  • English professor Michael Joyce was awarded the Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair in American Studies. He will give the Fulbright lecture and offer a short course this spring at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies of Uppsala University in Sweden. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs are considered as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Academic computing consultant Meg Stewart is lecturing and teaching geographic information systems this academic year at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados. Her research topic is “The Effective Use of Geospatial Technologies in Vulnerability Hazards Mapping and Project Dissemination: Using and Teaching with Geographic Information Systems and Google Earth.”

About the Fulbright Program

Fulbright Fellows

Under this program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study were offered grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 125 countries.

Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to equip future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad.  Fellows undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from the social sciences, business, communication, and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering, and education. 

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately 40 distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards for scholars ranging from three to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Recipients are eminent scholars who have a significant publication and teaching record.

Fulbright Scholars
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, research, or participate in seminars. At the same time, approximately 800 foreign faculty come to the U.S. each year. The Scholar Program offers grants for journalists and other communicators.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, December 1, 2009