Penn State produces 10 U.S. Fulbright students for 2015-16

For the fourth year in a row, Penn State is included on the U.S. Department of State’s complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, and top-producing institutions in 2015-16 are highlighted in the Feb. 22 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This year, 10 students from the University Park campus received Fulbright awards, making Penn State again among the top-producing research institutions in the country. Last year, 13 Penn State students received 2014-15 Fulbright awards.

The Fulbright program allows more than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 140 countries throughout the world. Penn State student Fulbright winners for 2015-16 are Cali Buckley, Marina Burka, Molly Cain, Nathan Clay, Coral Flanagan, Charlise Harris, Theresa Kutasz, Christopher Rumple, Laura Shupp, and Amanda Thoet.

As they’ve arrived at their destinations, many of the Penn State student Fulbright recipients have been documenting their experiences through the Penn State News Fulbright Features series.

“These Fulbright award recipients are creative and dedicated scholars. They have been selected to pursue international educational experiences in a diverse array of fields, and will serve as ambassadors of both Penn State and the United States across the globe.” 

“These Fulbright award recipients are creative and dedicated scholars. They have been selected to pursue international educational experiences in a diverse array of fields, and will serve as ambassadors of both Penn State and the United States across the globe,” said Tanya Furman, associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education and interim director, University Fellowships Office.

“We are proud of their success, and hope it will encourage more students to pursue this opportunity in the future.”

At Penn State, the Fulbright competition is administered through the University Fellowships Office, an area within the Office of Undergraduate Education that is a resource for undergraduates, graduate students and Penn State alumni seeking information and guidance regarding scholarships and fellowships funded by sources other than Penn State. The office helps students identify scholarships or fellowships that best align with their academic achievements and long-term goals, assists students throughout the application process and expands their expectations of themselves.

The University Fellowships Office will be sponsoring Fulbright Week April 11-15, providing opportunities for students to hear from past award recipients and learn about the application process. For more information, contact the Fellowships Office at 814-863-8199, online at ufo.psu.edu, or visit the office in 212 Boucke Building.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach foreign languages.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at undergrad.psu.edu

Contacts: 

Beth Kocher Gormley

Work Phone: 
814-863-1446

Director of Communications, Undergraduate Education

Last Updated May 12, 2016