ITHACA, NY — The U.S. Department of State recently announced the colleges and universities that produced the most student Fulbright award winners in 2013–2014, and Ithaca College is among them. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted in the “Chronicle of Higher Education.” Four recently graduated Ithaca students were awarded Fulbrights for the current academic year, the highest ever single-year total. That placed the college tied for fifth among all master’s-level institutions in the country.
Three of the Fulbright winners were selected under the English Teaching Assistant Program. That program places recent graduates as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas, improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country.
- Tommy McAree, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in English, is teaching in Indonesia.
- Ranu Nath, who graduated in 2012 with a degree in politics, is teaching in Turkey.
- Rebekah Shyloski, who graduated in 2011 with a double major in art history and Spanish, is teaching in Taiwan.
Jie Wu, a 2013 economics graduate, was given a Fulbright research award. In February, he will travel to India to study the variation and inter-connectedness of how residents of Kolkata from different ethnic groups interact and attribute meaning to the Hooghly River, a major distributary of the Ganges River.
Professor of English Hugh Egan serves as the faculty liaison for students seeking external grants and awards. He took over that role in 2011 from Professor of mathematics Marty Sternstein, who had been the longtime supervisor of the college’s Fulbright application process.
“I’m delighted we have four Fulbright winners this year,” said Egan. “Ithaca College has a long history of mentoring Fulbright applicants, and it’s nice to see results like this.”
A total of 17 Ithaca students have been awarded Fulbrights over the past decade. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas, and nearly the same number of IC faculty members have also earned Fulbrights during that time period.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 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.
For more information, visit www.fulbrightonline.org/us.