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Willamette Named a Top Fulbright Producer

The Institute of International Education recognized Willamette University this week as one of the top U.S. producers of Fulbright students. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Willamette among the top bachelor's institutions for 2009-10, with three Fulbright scholars and 18 applicants. This is the third year in a row that Willamette made the list.

Kate D'Ambrosio '06, who majored in history and politics at Willamette, won a Fulbright to Australia to research wildfire response policies in collaboration with RMIT University and the Australian National Bushfire Cooperative Research Center. Emily Johnson '08, a French major, headed to Benin to research interconnections between climate change and the gendered effects of malaria. Art history and Spanish major Ali Maki '09 received a Fulbright to teach English in a bilingual high school in Madrid, Spain.

Sixteen Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants in the past five years. The Fulbright program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges, sending more than 800 Americans annually to study and conduct research in more than 150 countries.

For more information about the Fulbright program and other national awards, visit the Student Academic Grants and Awards website.