|Wesleyan Fulbright Program Advisor Krishna Winston helps students apply for the Fulbright grants. Six students received the award this fall.|
| For the second year in a row, the Chronicle of Higher Education named Wesleyan as one of the Top Producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. Students. The report was published in the Oct. 20 edition.
Under the Bachelors Institutions category, Wesleyan tied for 9th place with St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minn. and Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. In 2006-07, Wesleyan had 23 Fulbright applicants, with six students receiving awards.
The students who were awarded Fulbrights are:
Cara Chebuske 06 and Amie Kim 04 are currently in South Korea, teaching English as a foreign language. Emily Garts, Kate McCrery and Rose Tisdall, all of the class of 06, are in Germany teaching English. Elizabeth Langston 05 is in France teaching English. Laura Goldblatt 06 also received the French Government Teaching Assistantship but declined the award, and Roger Yang, M.D. 99 was named an alternate; he had applied for a grant to study Chinese alternative medicine in Australia.
Wesleyan can be proud of these results, says Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, who has served as Fulbright Program Advisor since 1979.
In recent years, the number of applicants with whom she works has risen from an average of 12 to more than 20, thanks to the larger number of Wesleyan students participating in study-abroad programs and the internationalization of the curriculum.
Opportunities for teaching English have increased dramatically, and now attract a good percentage of the applicants, eager to be on the giving end in the classroom instead of the receiving end, Winston says.
The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholar, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, teaching and work in the creative arts. The program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
This fall, the 1,200 American students who received Fulbright awards are conducting research, taking courses, or teaching English in 122 countries.
Winston works very closely with seniors, graduate students and alumni, helping them refine their projects and write and rewrite their proposals and personal statements.
I enjoy my role as Fulbright Advisor because I come to know very able and interesting students from a wide range of disciplines, including graduate students, and because I am essentially giving them individual writing tutorials, she says. I learn a great deal from discussing the projects with the applicants, and they learn a great deal about how to present their ideas cogently and concisely.
Winston recruits faculty members with international experience to serve on the Campus Fulbright Committee, which interviews all the applicants who are on campus and any alumni who live within traveling distance of Middletown. This fall, the members of the committee were Annemarie Arnold, Robert Conn, Alice Hadler and Catherine Ostrow.
I am tremendously grateful to these colleagues who give up an afternoon and an evening to interview up to 20 students, she says.
For more information on the Chronicle of Higher Education ranking and the full report, go to: http://chronicle.com/temp/reprint.php?id=q24mrmr4fpl57kywxgkz2lwlp4sr6twy#top.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|