YPSILANTI, Mich., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five scholars from Eastern Michigan University have been awarded Fulbright grants for 2015-16, more than any other Master's degree-granting university in the nation.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
"Eastern Michigan University's recognition as the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the United States among Master's institutions is a tremendous honor, and reflects our deep commitment to international programming," said Interim Provost Rhonda Longworth. "The fact that we have five awardees is testament to the outstanding faculty at Eastern and recognition of its extensive scholarly achievements."
Eastern Michigan University Fulbright 2015-16 Scholars, their host institutions and areas of specialization are:
- Leslie Atzmon: University of the Arts, London; graphic design.
- Wallace Bridges: University of Ghana, drama/theatre arts/directing.
- Rebecca Martusewicz: University of Tampere, Finland; foundations of education.
- William Sverdlik: University of Namibia, artificial intelligence and robotics.
- Rosemary Weston Gil: Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange, France; teaching English as a foreign language.
Universities are divided into a variety of categories for Fulbright awards. Those include major research universities, such as Harvard; master's degree granting universities such as Eastern, universities that primarily grant bachelor's degrees, community colleges, and specialized institutions. Eastern's total of five scholars led 10 other master's category universities, a group that includes Villanova University, Boise State University and California State University at Long Beach. No other Michigan universities were listed in the top master's scholars group for the 2015-16 awards
Carla Damiano, a professor of German and German section head; and Betsy Morgan, director of the EMU Office of International Initiatives, support the Fulbright Scholar Program at Eastern.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to contribute to solutions for shared international concerns. Click here for lists of Fulbright Scholar recipients. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit the the program website.
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