The University of Arizona

UA Maintains Status as a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

University Communications | November 18, 2013

With 10 UA students earning Fulbright awards for 2013-2014, the UA once again has been named a top producer of such scholars across the U.S.

A group of 10 UA undergraduate and graduate students have earned scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program to either conduct research or complete teaching assistantships in countries around the world.
A group of 10 UA undergraduate and graduate students have earned scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program to either conduct research or complete teaching assistantships in countries around the world.
UA students consistently place well in the nationally competitive Fulbright Program, which is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
UA students consistently place well in the nationally competitive Fulbright Program, which is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

A group of 10 University of Arizona students have just earned Fulbright awards for 2013-2014, earning the institution billing for being a top nationwide producer of such award recipients. 

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students.

"The University of Arizona is thrilled to have 10 Fulbright recipients this year," said Karna Walter, assistant director for student engagement at the UA's Honors College. "These students are doing amazing research and teaching English in a variety of countries around the world, from Loas to Brazil."

Other doctoral/research institutions listed as top producers – with anywhere from 10 to 39 recipients – include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley, among others.

All told, more than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

The 10 UA-affiliates, some of whom have graduated, are:

  • Alumni Jovan Ruvalcaba and Tucker Bungard were each funded to complete English teaching assistantships in Brazil.
  • Graduate student Desneige Hallbert, a graduate student in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was funded to travel to India where she is volunteering and engaged in community-based work.
  • Lily House-Peters, a doctoral candiate in the School of Geography and Development, was funded to conduct a study in Mexico. Her dissertation-related research centers on impacts of climate change, economic policy, geopolitics and drought on water use and land use decisions
  • Daniela Ugaz, who earned her Master of Fine Arts, who has translated electronic health-related publications into Spanish, was also funded to conduct work in Mexico. 
  • Christine Lazcano, an undergraduate, was funded to complete an English teaching assistantship in Oman.
  • Michele O'Shea, a dual degree student at the College of Medicine and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is conducting research in Malawi under the special Fulbright Fogarty Fellowship.
  • Elizabeth Phillips, who earned a master's degree from the College of Public Health, was funded to conduct a study in Nigeria.
  • Jesse Washburn, who earned a master's degree in art education, was funded to complete an English teaching assistantship in Laos.
  • Undergraduate student Monica Xiong of neuroscience and cognitive science, received funding for a study in New Zealand.

Dating back to 2006, the UA has had at least 10 recipients for the majority of years. The University's' Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) administers the competition for the Fulbright Program, which is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

The primary goal of the office is to help top UA students and alumni successfully compete for nationally competitive scholarships. Housed within the UA Honors College, the ONCS helps students identify potential scholarships and then assists with the application and interview process.

Contacts

Karna Walter

UA Honors College

520-621-6546

karna@email.arizona.edu

 

Emily Kotay

UA Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

520-621-0162

emkotay@email.arizona.edu

 

UANews Contact

La Monica Everett-Haynes

520-419-7610

leverett@email.arizona.edu