A record 10 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have earned Fulbright awards for the 2016-17 academic year, while four more have been chosen as alternates.
SNR’s Johnica Morrow, doctoral student in applied ecology, was one of those four.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. Department of State, is designed to foster understanding between the United States and other countries. The U.S. Student Fulbright program gives recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals the opportunity to conduct research, study or teach in one of 160 designated countries. Recipients are awarded the Fulbright on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as their potential for leadership.
There are two types of the nationally competitive award: the research/study award, which supports students working on a project in a foreign country; and the English Teaching Assistantship award, which places recent graduates in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English language teachers. The students are also cultural ambassadors for the United States.
The alternate status indicates that a candidate could be offered an award if additional funding becomes available. Morrow is an alternate for a research project in Lithuania.
Though the 10 winners, all students in the College of Arts and Sciences, have set a university record, the number of UNL students who earn Fulbrights could continue to grow in the coming weeks because Fulbrights are not awarded all at once. UNL students who have been notified that they have won Fulbright awards so far this year are:
• Katelyn Hemmeke , masters student in English; Annie Himes, Russian, history and global studies major; Ethan Koopman; physics, mathematics and German graduate; Bailey Lathrop; geology and anthropology major ; Sophia Loveless, political science, global studies and history graduate; Rachel O'Hanlon, psychology, Japanese and sociology graduate; Helen Pitts, masters student in German and foreign language pedagogy; Kevin Thor, communication studies and management major; and Josh Valdez, French and Russian major.
Victoria Chraibi, Emma DeVries and Mariah Wailes, all of Lincoln, join Morrow in being named alternates. Chraibi is an alternate for a research project in Norway. She is a doctoral student at UNL, studying atmospheric sciences and geoscience education. DeVries is an alternate for a museum studies degree at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She will graduate this spring with bachelor's degrees in art and anthropology. Wailes is an alternate for a Fulbright ETA to Mexico. She will graduate this spring with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and secondary education.
- Adapted from UNL Today
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