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UofL announces 12 Fulbright winners

by Cindy Hess last modified Jun 21, 2010 12:41 PM

 May 6, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville today announced 12 winners of the Fulbright award, setting a new record for Kentucky and placing the university among the top Fulbright-producing institutions in the nation.


The number is expected to grow as seven more finalists are waiting to learn if they have won the award.


The Fulbright Student Program, funded by the U. S. Department of State, is a prestigious international educational exchange program that includes partnerships with more than 155 countries. Winners are chosen for their academic merit, ability to serve as cultural ambassadors and leadership potential. Fulbright winners will study, conduct research or teach abroad for one year.


"UofL continues to lead the state in Fulbright winners," said UofL President James Ramsey. "It's a testament to our outstanding academic programs and demonstrates that UofL is successful in attracting academically gifted students and helping them reach their highest potential."


UofL launched a program in 2000 to help students win prominent competitive scholarships. The program is primarily funded by the Board of Overseers and assists hundreds of students each year. Since the program began, the university has had 44 Fulbright Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar and dozens of winners of other prestigious awards such as the Truman Scholarship, U.S. Department of State Boren and Critical Language Scholarships, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and more.  


Here are the 2010 Fulbright recipients to date:


  • Jamie Giles, senior political science major, will teach English in Thailand.


  • Brian Goessling, electrical engineering graduate student, will study micro-energy harvesting in Germany.


  • Elizabeth Halet, senior English and humanities major, will teach English in Taiwan.


  • Felicia Hogan, senior biology and music double major, will teach English in South Korea.


  • Carime Lechner, recent recipient of a master of arts degree in sociology, will teach English in Mongolia at the university level.


  • Lindsay Miller, 2007 graduate with a Spanish major, will teach English in Ecuador at the university level.


  • Carolyn Morgan, a graduate student in the political science department, will study demographic change and voter behavior in Germany.


  • Sarah Oesterly, a recent graduate in fine arts, anthropology and Spanish, will be working in the area of museum studies to preserve cultural history in the Colca Valley of Peru.


  • Venkat Ramakrishnan, senior biology major, will conduct tissue-engineering research in Switzerland.


  • Tejas Shastry, senior philosophy and political science double major, will teach English in Sri Lanka.


  • Boris Yelin, senior political science and Spanish major, will teach English at a teacher-training institute in Argentina.


  • J. Lee Young, senior anthropology major, will conduct an ethnographic investigation of narcotics addiction in Russia.


          For more information on UofL's Fulbright winners contact Dr. Patricia Condon at 502-852-0024.


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