Several Oregon State University students have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to travel to Malta, Germany, and Trinidad & Tobago to conduct research or teach.
The grants are provided by the Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange organization sponsored by the State Department. About 1,700 students from the United States were chosen for the 2015-2016 school year and were given grants to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns.
This year’s Oregon State University recipients include Dennis Sweeney, a graduate student in Creative Writing, recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malta; Erin Fedewa, graduate student Fisheries and Wildlife, recipient of a Fulbright research grant to Trinidad & Tobago; and Stephanie Rich, graduating senior in Environmental Engineering and the University Honors College, recipient of a Fulbright research grant to Germany. Katharina Victoria Perez Hammerle, 2014 graduate of OSU in Fisheries and Wildlife, Political Science and International Studies has been selected as an alternate for the Fulbright to Chile and is still awaiting word. Among this year’s eight OSU Fulbright finalists was also Physics major Michael Perlin also of the University Honors College. Michael was selected Fulbright alternate for Germany and has accepted a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) fellowship to study in Germany next academic year.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.