Midwest regional ranking of Fulbright Award winners

November 8, 2004
Contact: michigannews@umich.edu

Eighteen U-M students receive Fulbright award for 2004-05

ANN ARBOR—Eighteen students from the University of Michigan won Fulbright Awards in the academic year 2004-2005, ranking U-M number one among Midwest regional schools. Nationally, among public doctoral research institutions, U-M tied for 2 nd with the University of Texas, Austin. The University of California, Berkeley was in the top spot, with 26 Fulbright award-winners.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding for one academic year of study or research abroad, to be conducted after graduation from an accredited university.  

Award recipients undertake self-designed programs in disciplines ranging from social sciences, business, communication and performing arts to physical sciences, engineering and education.

U-M winners with their field of study and country in which they will work are:

Catherine Bolten, anthropology, Sierra LeoneAndrew Conroe, anthropology, Indonesia Yolanda Covington, anthropology, Democratic Republic of CongoSumon Dantiki, political science, CanadaIna Ganguli, economic development, Ukraine Alexander Gardner, East Asian/Pacific/Australian history, China Daniel Glasson, economic development, Poland Nasir A. Grewal, information sciences/systems, Jordan Sara Houghteling, creative writing, France Michael Issa, anthropology, Syria Michelle Kelso, sociology, Romania Deborah Michaels, education, Slovakia (Slovak Republic) Deanna Ross, cultural and intellectual history, Australia Deborah Solomon, East Asian/Pacific/Australian History, Japan Sanjaya Thakur, classical languages and literature, Greece Michael Varnum, psychology, Croatia Emily Wolters, engineering, Spain

Secretary of State Colin Powell released the official list of U.S. student Fulbright grantees for the 2004-2005 academic year—a total of 1,099 awards—Oct. 15. Powell said that Fulbright award recipients have important responsibilities as Americans.

The Fulbright competition is administered through the University’s International Institute.

 "I am extremely proud of our students’ success in this intense and prestigious competition,” said Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs and director of the International Institute, “and I wish them the best of luck as they take on the challenges and responsibilities of their awards. I also want to acknowledge and thank our faculty and staff for their excellent preparation and dedicated support of our students.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 290,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. In the past 56 years, 100,000 students from the U.S. have benefited from the Fulbright experience.      

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees and the program is administered by The International Institute for Education..          

Detailed lists of the students are available by home state, field of study and host country at www.iie.org/fulbright

University of Michigan students and alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright award should contact the campus Fulbright program adviser, Amy Kehoe at (734) 763-3297 or akehoe@umich.edu, for information.

For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program call Tony Claudino, Institute of International Education (212) 984-5345, tclaudino@iie.org.Midwest regional ranking of Fulbright Award winners

  1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – 18

  2. University of Chicago – 16

  3. Washington University, St. Louis – 12

  4. University of Wisconsin, Madison – 11

  5. Ohio University – 9

      University of Indiana, Bloomington – 9

  7. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – 8

      Northwestern University – 8

  9. Ohio State University – 6

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – 6

      University of Kansas – 6

12. Kalamazoo College – 5

     Case Western Reserve – 5

     Michigan State University – 5

     University of Notre Dame – 5