Purdue students awarded Fulbright scholarships

May 14, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —U.S. Student Fulbright scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year have been awarded to Purdue students John Fahey, of Fairfax, Virginia, Summer Forester of Pensacola, Florida, and Allison Turner of Channahon, Illinois.

John Fahey

John Fahey 
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The Fulbright U.S. student program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. student alumni are in a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers.

Summer Forester

Summer Forester 
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The two main types of Fulbright grants available within the U.S. student program are study/research awards and English teaching assistantships. Both options are for one academic year and are highly competitive, said Rosanne Altstatt, Purdue's national and international scholarship coordinator.

Fahey, a graduate student studying history, will research the archives of Prezemysl, Poland for information on the political, social, and economic relationship between the city's civilian population and its military garrison throughout the late Austro-Hungarian Empire and the interwar Polish Republic.

Forester, a graduate student in political science, will examine whether and how national security threats affect women's issues in Jordan, and how the women's movement initiates policy change when national security threats are high.

Allison Turner

Allison Turner 
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Turner, a senior majoring in natural resources and environmental science and political science in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Agriculture will study a systemic approach to water governance in the Great Lakes from the Canadian side of the border.

Undergraduates and graduate students pursuing a Fulbright work closely with faculty and Purdue's National and International Scholarships Office, which is housed in Honors College. Students consult with faculty and NISO on their prospective research and study proposals or their English teaching assistantship proposals and devise creative projects that will take them to a life-changing Fulbright year abroad. Those students selected as national finalists move on to a second and final round of evaluation in each of their hopeful destinations. Some countries, such as Poland, require finalist interviews. This year, NISO and faculty provided Fahey with interview preparation for his Poland interview. He won the Fulbright, but even had he not received it, the professional development he received through this experience will serve his future endeavors. 

Contact: Asia Thomas, Honors College Communications arthomas@purdue.edu

Source: Rosanne Altstatt, Dean's Fellow, National and International Scholarships Office, altstatt@purdue.edu  

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