UMass Amherst Has Record Number of Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grantees

AMHERST, Mass. – The academic accomplishments and leadership experience of 14 University of Massachusetts Amherst students have been recognized with the awarding of grants from the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. They are heading off to points across the globe – from Iceland and Mexico to Malaysia and Burkino Faso – to conduct research or teach English in the coming academic year. 

For the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, the 14 scholarships are a new record for Fulbright scholarships, according to Susan Krauss Whitbourne, the director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement at UMass Amherst.

“Fulbright is an incredibly competitive scholarship, and it is quite a recognition for each of these students, but also for the university to continue to put forward such strong candidates,” said Whitbourne. “We are proud of our student winners, and thankful to all students who applied, as well as the faculty who helped recruit, advise and evaluate our applicants.”

The graduate student recipients, their hometowns, discipline and Fulbright destinations are:

·      Kate de Vane Brown of Amherst, English teaching assistantship in Germany

·      Katherine Lownsberry of Salem, Ore., engineering, Burkina Faso

·      Gregory de Wet of Lancaster, Pa., geology, Norway

·      Alyssa Grahame of Northampton, political science, Iceland

·      Dana Johnson of South Deerfield, anthropology, Serbia

·      Eric LeFlore, of Marlborough, environmental conservation, Botswana

·      Hanni Thoma, of Granby, English teaching assistantship in Hungary

·      Jacob Carter, of Northampton, education, Guatemala

The undergraduate recipients, their hometowns, discipline and Fulbright destinations are:

·      Keith Lema of Easton, English teaching assistantship, Spain

·      Miriam Tinberg of Pawtucket, R.I, English teaching assistantship, Morocco

·      Clara Wool of Ayer, environmental studies, Israel

·      Katelyn Ferreira of Somerset, English teaching assistantship, Malaysia

·      Lindsay Van Dyke of Amherst, sociology, Mexico

·      Katherine Miller, of Marlborough, anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, United Arab Emirates

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.