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UW-Eau Claire Among Top Producers
of 2007-08 Fulbright Fellows

RELEASED: Oct. 24, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2007-08 U.S. Fulbright Fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 21 institutions included in the master's institution category on the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Fellows. The success of the top producing institutions was highlighted in the Oct. 26 printed edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Two UW-Eau Claire students were awarded Fulbright awards for 2007-2008. A third student was offered a Fulbright but turned hers down in favor of another international opportunity.

"In recent years, we've seen the number of our students and recent graduates who are interested in the Fulbright program increase," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, UW-Eau Claire's Fulbright adviser from the Center for International Education. "Success tends to breed success. As more of our students and recent alumni receive Fulbright awards, more students hear about the program and believe that they can compete."

The university also has increased its efforts to educate students and faculty about the program, Lochner-Wright said.

"An impressive number of our students study abroad and/or are involved in faculty-student research during their college careers," Lochner-Wright said. "Many of those students are looking for other ways to add to those experiences. We're making sure students and faculty are aware of the many opportunities the Fulbright Program provides."

Erin House, a German major who graduated in May, is attending the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, for 2007-08. Her Fulbright provided one year of fully funded research and study, including airfare, health insurance and a monthly stipend. While in Germany, she is continuing a research project on second language acquisition with her mentor at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Martina Lindseth.

UW-Eau Claire's second 2007-08 Fulbright winner is John Zanetti, a 2006 political science graduate. He is in West Kalimantan (formerly known as Borneo), Indonesia, where he's teaching English to high school students and working with grassroots groups to solve community problems.

Under the Fulbright Program, nearly 1,500 American students in more than 100 different fields of study were offered grants to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 125 countries beginning this fall.Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 570 colleges or universities.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips 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, according to Fulbright leaders.

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

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 contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

In America, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to do research, lecture and teach overseas. In addition, some 2,200 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of top producing Fulbright Fellows institutions is available online.

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