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March 9, 2016

Brighter Yet

  • Amherst
UMass Amherst once again scores big with the Fulbright scholarship program

When it comes to UMass Amherst students garnering prestigious scholarships and awards, the good news just keeps coming: for a second consecutive year, the “Chronicle of Higher Education” has recognized the campus as a “Top Producing Institution” for the Fulbright scholarship program. Moreover, the campus ranked 13th in the nation—better than Harvard—in yield, or the percentage of winning applicants. Six UMass Amherst graduate students and six undergraduates are currently overseas conducting research or teaching English.

“We applaud the achievements of these students,” says Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This recognition once again demonstrates the depth and range of accomplishment across this campus at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.”

Three UMass Amherst students are pursuing groundbreaking scientific research with world-class research institutions in Germany and Italy, focusing on different aspects of enhanced cancer treatments and gravitational signals from space. Others are tackling such issues as eco-sanitation in Mexico, civil society and disaster response in Oman, the post-apartheid generation in South Africa, and the nature of stigma in mental illness in Hong Kong. Five students who demonstrated superior language skills are teaching English across the education spectrum from primary schools to university classrooms on three different continents.

“I am continually amazed at the skills, experiences, and talent these students bring to their applications,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, professor of psychology and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement. “It truly is inspiring to work with people well on their way to becoming leaders in their fields.”

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in two-way exchanges across all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Since its inception, over 300,000 U.S. and foreign scholars have participated in the program, teaching, studying, researching, and fostering understanding between the U.S. and other nations.

Fulbright Student Awardees - Graduate students

  • Paul Adolphson, theater, South Africa
  • Catherine Bryers, regional planning, Mexico
  • Coralie Backlund, bioengineering, Denmark
  • Daniel Hoak, physics, Italy
  • Katrina Rieger, engineering, Germany
  • Tyler Schuenemann, political science, Oman

Fulbright Student Awardees - Undergraduates

  • Lucille Boco, English teaching assistantship, Taiwan
  • Francis Burns, English teaching assistantship, Mexico
  • Lee Drewitz, English teaching assistantship, Germany
  • Nicholas Fernald, English teaching assistantship, Colombia
  • Lana Kim, English teaching assistantship, Taiwan
  • Elizabeth McKibben, psychology, Hong Kong