Four UMass Amherst Students Earn Fulbright Scholarships to Study Abroad

AMHERST, Mass. - Four graduate students from the University of Massachusetts have been awarded one-year United States Information Agency Fulbright grants to study abroad in 2000-2001.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, coordinator of the University''s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA), says the four students were chosen in very competitive fields of study. "UMass has an excellent record of having its students selected for Fulbright awards and we are thrilled to have done so well in this competition," Whitbourne says.

The following are the four grant awardees.

* Ann Becker of Amherst, School of Education. Becker will travel to Norway, where she will study melatonin in infants and how they are affected by changes in light.

* Richard N. Wallace of Amherst, anthropology. Wallace will conduct research in Croatia where he will examine journalistic practices and ideology in the Croatian news media.

* Brandon Brei of Orange, Conn., entomology. Brei will study in Australia, where his work will focus on insects and parasitic-borne diseases.

* Leslie Hyatt of California, master of fine arts program in English. Hyatt will travel to Mexico, where she will study contemporary Mexican Jewish literature and drama.

Fulbright scholars include new or recent college graduates and graduate students. They receive one-year grants that cover the cost of travel, tuition, and living expenses and a stipend. The amounts vary depending on the host country. This year, the scholarship board that awards the grants will make approximately 800 grants in more than 100 countries. The program''s purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge, and skills.