Fulbright Scholarships awarded to students

Fifteen current or former WUSTL Arts & Sciences students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Nine are recently graduated seniors and six are graduate students. They will spend a full academic year in a host country.

The graduate students, along with their fields and locations of study, are Lisa Haegele, language and literature, Germany; Kavya Naini, business management, Mexico; Shane Peterson, language and literature, Germany; Steven Schrum, history, Netherlands; Abigail Smith, archeology, Mali; and Anna Weyher, anthropology, Zambia.

The May graduates are Adina Appelbaum, urban development and planning, Egypt; Lauren Barry, ecology, China; Samantha Kalish, English teaching assistantship, Argentina; Katherine Kerschen, English teaching assistantship, Germany; Emily Levitt, women’s studies, Croatia; Leah Marks, English teaching assistantship, Germany; Elizabeth Slalter, anthropology, Argentina; and Marcus Walton, English teaching assistantship, Egypt.

Emily Reisman, who graduated from the university in 2009, has received a Fulbright to study anthropology in Togo.

“We are proud at the number of students selected to receive this highly competitive scholarship,” says Amy Suelzer, PhD, assistant director of international and area studies in Arts & Sciences and the university’s Fulbright Program adviser.

“Each year, several WUSTL students are picked for this award, showing the caliber of individuals who attend the university. We wish our Fulbright recipients much success in their Fulbright year and beyond,” Suelzer said.

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Under the program, more than 1,500 American students have been offered grants this year to study and conduct research in 155 countries throughout the world, beginning in the fall.

The program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

More than 110,000 American students have held Fulbright grants since the inception of the program. This year’s awardees come from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They are drawn from a diverse cross-section of American higher education, with more than 250 institutions represented.

Faculty members who have received Fulbright Scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year will be published in upcoming issues of the Record.