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UW-Eau Claire is top producer of Fulbright scholars

RELEASED: Oct. 24, 2011

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EAU CLAIRE — The University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire is among the top producers of 2011-12 U.S. Fulbright fellows, according to a list recently released by the Fulbright Program.

UW-Eau Claire is one of 14 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. UW-Eau Claire is the only Wisconsin institution included on the list of top Fulbright producers in the master's category. The list was published Oct. 23 in the online issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Three UW-Eau Claire students were awarded Fulbright awards this year at the time the list was published. A UW-Eau Claire alumna also already received an award for 2011-12.

"UW-Eau Claire attracts talented students who have a great interest in other parts of the world," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, UW-Eau Claire's Fulbright adviser from the Center for International Education. "Many of our students who study abroad come back from those experiences motivated to find other international opportunities. The Fulbright program appeals to our students and alumni because it allows them to live, study, teach or conduct research in countries all over the world."

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.

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

In recent years, UW-Eau Claire has increased its efforts to educate its students, faculty and staff about the prestigious program, Lochner-Wright said.

"We want our campus community to understand that while it's a highly competitive program, our students and alumni are very successful in winning Fulbright awards," Lochner-Wright said. "They have the experiences and skills needed to compete for these awards with students and alumni from institutions all over the United States."

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. Dr. Crispin Pierce, associate professor of environmental public health at UW-Eau Claire, recently received a Fulbright Scholar award. Pierce will teach and conduct research at the University of Eastern Finland in spring 2012. (See related news release.)

Some 2,200 foreign Fulbright students and scholars also come to the United States annually to study, carry out research and lecture at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

For more information, contact Cheryl Lochner-Wright at 715-836-4411 or lochnecb@uwec.edu.

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