Category: Fulbright

2014-15 Fulbright grants


Of the twelve University of Georgia students who were awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2014-2015 academic year, the Franklin College is well represented:

This is UGA's second highest total of Fulbright recipients.

Eight of the students accepted the scholarships. Recipients of the U.S. Student Full Grants, which cover research, study and creative opportunities, include three students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at UGA: 2013 graduate Christian Conroy of Roswell; 2011 graduate Winn Davis of Savannah; and 2009 graduate Brett Heimlich of Alpharetta.

Two students who recently earned master's degrees at UGA also received Full Grants: Sara Hobe of Fresno, California; and Lauren Satterfield of Atlanta.

English Teaching Assistantship Grants, which place recipients in K-12 schools and universities to serve as language-learning assistants, were given to three students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at UGA: Tiffany Brown of Warner Robbins, DeAnne Cantrell of Douglasville, and Christine Pardue of Cleveland.

The largest U.S. international exchange program, Fulbright grants allow our students to work in communties throughout the world while continuing their education.

Kudos, September 2013


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Great news this month about our faculty, students and alumni. A few of the highlight of accomplishments and awards in the Franklin College:


University Professor Lynn Billard of the department of statistics was selected to receive the 2013 Florence Nightingale David award by the Committee of Presidents of the Statistical Societies. The award recognizes a female statistician who exemplifies David’s contributions to education, science and public service.

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry in the department of chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2014 Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry sponsored by the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. The award, one of the three most prestigious given by the American Chemical Society, was announced in Chemical & Engineering News.

Julie Spivey, associate professor of Graphic Design in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, recently began a two-year term as co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee. AIGA is the professional association for design and its Design Educators Community seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice and theory.

The CCRC research group of Michael Pierce, Distinguished Research Professor and director of the UGA Cancer Center, received a $10.4 million grant for glycobiology research from the National Institutes of Health.

Jon Swindler, assistant professor of art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, was selected to be one of eleven artists in a national juried exhibition at the Cheltenham (PA) Center for the Arts, THE REALLY BIG PRINT SHOW.

Professor of marine sciences Merryl Alber was named to become the director of the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. She succeeds marines sciences professor William Miller, who led the Institute from 2004 to 2013.


Student kudos

Five current Franklin College students  (or recent graduates) accepted international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Doctor of Musical Arts student in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Lauren Hunt took first prize in the International Horn Competition of America’s university division.


And on one spectacular alumni note, Ashley Adams Crews (A.B. English, 2000) was selected for one of six 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards and will receive $30,000.

Image: "Swell" by Jon Swindler. 108"x120". digital inkjet and screen print installed with 1"x2" pine boards and gravity.  

Students awarded Fulbright travel grants


Seven University of Georgia students accepted international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Five of the students are majors in Franklin College departments and it is always great to see how specific students have designed their academic experience around achieving particular goals and how a liberal arts major fits into that goal. Whether they are in the business schol or studying international affairs, choosing a tandem double major to customize their credentials and become attractive candidates for prestigious scholarships like the Fulbright practically always involves the Franklin College. Take one student, for example:

spring 2013 graduate Geoffrey Nolan of Oxford, Georgia, recently graduated with bachelor's degrees in international affairs and Spanish, will travel to Colombia to teach English at la Universidad del Norte in Baranquilla. When he's not teaching, he will volunteer for nonprofits working to improve education in the wake of the country's decades-long unrest. "I am excited to see firsthand the excellent work these nonprofits are undertaking to ensure that the children of Colombia have access to education," Nolan said. "I also am enthusiastically waiting to participate in all things that will give me an authentic cultural experience."

We're excited for Nolan, and wish all of these new Fulbright scholars the very best in this next great stage of their education. The Fulbright experience has perhaps never been more important, and that our students continue to show up on elite scholarship rosters is a tribute to their abilities and the vast opportunities on our campus. Fulbright goes quite well with UGA and the Franklin College.

Franklin College, UGA among top producers of Fulbright students for 2012-13


The internationalization of the UGA campus and student body continues apace:

The University of Georgia is 25th among research universities for the production of Fulbright Student Scholars in the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the latest ranking from the government's flagship international exchange program.

Sixteen University of Georgia students were offered international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Thirteen of these accepted the scholarships. The student Fulbright competition is administered at UGA through Maria de Rocher, coordinator of Honors programming.

Twelve of these thirteen who accepted scholarships are in the Franklin College. And granted, the student Fulbright scholars are not only internationally-focused but very ambitious, hard-working and like our recent Rhodes Scholar Elizabeth Allan, making the opportunities on campus work for them to build a unique set of credentials. It's the extraordinary path to the career they want and these students distinguish the university and the Franklin College even as they are making it work for them. Congratulations and thank you.

Fulbright scholarships awarded to UGA students



It's another banner year for UGA students as a record number have been awarded Fulbright scholarships. And counting double-majors, it was practically a clean sweep for the Franklin College:


For the past 66 years, the Fulbright Program has provided students, scholars and professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced research projects, graduate study and teaching assistantships worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,700 grants annually to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

"The record number of UGA Fulbright grants awarded again this year demonstrates the continued commitment of our students, faculty and staff to international education," said Maria de Rocher, campus Fulbright U.S. Student Program adviser and program coordinator in the Honors Program. "It has been a great pleasure to get to know these students, each representing such different academic interests and backgrounds, but all of whom are clearly devoted to serving as cultural ambassadors and deepening our understanding of the wider world."

Arnold, who graduated from UGA with bachelor's degrees in international affairs and Japanese, will work on a documentary about environmental activism among Buddhist nuns in South Korea. While at UGA, Arnold worked closely with professors Hyangsoon Yi and Han Park to develop a research plan and in-country contacts. After the Fulbright, he hopes to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking.

West, who graduated from UGA with a bachelor's degree in English, will research art and architectural history at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary. Her focus will be national identity among contemporary Hungarian artists, which she hopes to document through the creation of an accessible online resource. West has accumulated experience writing about art, first as a communications intern at the Georgia Museum of Art and most recently as a freelance writer in New York City.

Comparative studies disciplines and languages dominate the offers for Fulbright awards, as they should. So many of our students are truly outward-looking, internationally focused people, and this will serve them very well in life, not to mention any job market you want to imagine. This is another of the real and actual advantages of a liberal arts education: the well-rounded person will always be in demand - these are our leaders, our visionaries, our thinkers, our influential people, our dignitaries, our prominent citizens. These are our students.

Drawing Across Borders


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There is a fantastic, international show up at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, featuring great artwork and highlighting an important mechanism for faculty collaboration: the Fulbright Scholarship Program:

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is hosting an exhibition of works by Diane Edison, a Fulbright scholar and UGA professor, and Ekaterina Russiniova of the New Bulgarian University fine arts department. The exhibition, titled "Drawing Across Borders," is on display in Gallery 307 of the school of art through March 9.

Universities and Internationalization



In preparing some advance press for a news item, I was interviewing a faculty member about her Fulbright experience earlier this week and it brought us around to a wider discussion about students and faculty going abroad. Our university and Franklin College very much encourage international experiences and collaborations. The art exhibition that was the focus of my interview offers a case in point of the benefits therein: an international, collaborative project, facilitated by an existing and very successful mechanism (the Fulbright Scholarship Program), which the faculty member will then propel forward by encouraging colleagues and students to apply.

But it is important to remember that there are other points of view about internationalization, as elaborated in this post in the Chronicle: