UofL announces 12 Fulbright winners
The University of Louisville 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
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
- 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
- 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.