MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Tufts University is among the country's top producers of Fulbright scholarship winners for 2010-2011, according to a recent listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to the Oct. 25 online issue, 17 Tufts students or graduates won 2010-2011 Fulbrights, a total that tied Tufts and Harvard for the top spot among Massachusetts colleges and universities.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based on academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. More than 1,500 U.S. citizens will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright Student Program.
Among Tufts' Fulbright recipients are:
Daniella Burgi-Palomino (BA 2007), studying gender effects of migration in Mexico;
Chris Cote (BA 2009), teaching English in Brazil;
Julia Goldberg (BA 2007), documenting cross-border disease outbreaks in Mexico;
Kyle Halle-Erby (BA 2010), teaching English in Colombia;
Elizabeth Herman (BA 2010), comparing textbook portrayals of independence in Bangladesh;
Laura Kaplan (BA 2010), teaching English in Colombia;
Bic Leu (BA 2007), studying the burgeoning film industry in Nigeria;
Rachel Leven (BA 2007), examining sanitation services in India;
Ashiyana Nariani (BS 2006, MD 2010), working to improve eye health in India;
Danielle Okai (BA 2010), teaching English in Colombia;
Talya Peltzman (BA 2010), teaching English in Indonesia;
Andrea Wenglowskyj (MFA 2007), working with local artists in the Ukraine;
Whitney Wiegand (BA 2008), teaching English in Mexico; and
Zachary Witlin (BA 2010), studying energy policy in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program," the late Sen. Fulbright said about the program.
About Tufts University
Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.