Notre Dame Among Top Producers of Fulbrights

Author: Arts and Letters

University of Notre Dame students were awarded 13 Fulbright grants for the 2011-12 academic year, placing the University among the top universities in the nation. Eleven of the 13 are from the College of Arts and Letters.

The U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, Fulbright recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright students. The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in the Oct. 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Our students are well-equipped to shape their professions and disciplines internationally,” says Deb Rotman, director of Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), the office that administers the Fulbright competition. “Our Fulbright scholars illustrate one of the many ways in which the University is cultivating global citizens and world leaders who will successfully address the significant challenges of the 21st century.”

The Class of 2011 undergraduates who received Fulbrights include:

  • Jaime Cordes—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia (anthropology/Russian)
  • John Greil—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany (German/Program of Liberal Studies)
  • Amanda Johnson—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Poland (American studies)
  • Cherrica Li—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan (political science/economics)
  • Andre Mrugala—Fulbright research and study grant to Poland (mechanical engineering)
  • Claire Reising—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Belgium (French/English)
  • Virginia Varraveto—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Peru (English/Spanish)
  • Ann Weber—Fulbright research and study grant to Austria (history/theology)

Five Notre Dame graduate students also received Fulbrights in 2011:

  • Max Deardorff—Fulbright Scholar to Russia (history Ph.D. candidate)
  • Nathan Gerth—Fulbright Scholar to Spain (history Ph.D. candidate)
  • John Moscatiello—Fulbright Scholar to Spain (history Ph.D. candidate)
  • Beth Palkovic—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia (2011 master’s graduate from ACE Program)
  • Laura Wilczek—Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea (2011 master’s graduate from ACE Program, ‘09 B.A. in English)

Almost 1,700 American students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study received Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world beginning in fall 2011. Students receiving awards for this academic year applied through 600 colleges or universities. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available here.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 65 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

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Part of this story was originally published by Susan Guibert at on October 28, 2011.