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Denison once again a top Fulbright college

Fellowships & Student Research
February 19, 2021

For the fourth consecutive year, Denison University has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution. Denison students are well-prepared to thrive as Fulbright awardees as a result of the college’s rigorous academics, significant research and internship opportunities, and impactful faculty mentorship.

Denison’s Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement provides advice and support for students as they prepare their applications for international fellowships and programs. Professor Adam Davis, director of the Lisska Center, comments, “We are proud that Denison has once again received this distinction of being a top producer of Fulbright awards. These Fulbright awards are a testament to our students’ energy, creativity, and commitment to cultural exchange. A Denison education equips its students with rewarding academic experiences, valuable skills, and comfort navigating in an increasingly globalized world. This clearly positions our students to serve as citizen ambassadors for the U.S., whether studying, conducting research, or teaching English abroad.”

In 2020, Denison students were awarded both research and teaching assistantship Fulbrights. These students include:

Harper “Hoke” Wallace ‘20, biochemistry major: Fulbright École Normale Supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay Award to pursue a graduate program in cognitive science at the prestigious French school. Jeff Alder ‘20, political science major: English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Rosa Canales ‘20, German and English major: English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Autumn Goodrum-Davis ‘20, anthropology and sociology major, English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil. Chloe Sferra ‘20, communication and English major with a narrative journalism concentration: English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. Katherine Truitt ’20, an individually designed major with a German minor: English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.

Mary Kirk, Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, says “Fulbright U.S. Students enrich their education, advance their careers, and make valuable contributions abroad and at home. They also expand their networks by joining the diverse and accomplished group of Fulbright alumni and receiving the professional recognition that comes with being named a Fulbright Student.”

The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. 2021 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program.

Since 2012-13, Denison students and alumni have received 43 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, 23 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, 17 Critical Language Scholarships, five DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany, six Boren Scholarships/Fellowships for language study abroad, two Beinecke Fellowships for graduate study, and a Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship.

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