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OU announces record Fulbright recipients

NORMAN — Ten OU students have been awarded Fulbright grants for the 2016-17 academic year. That's a University of Oklahoma record, said Jaci Gandenberger, Global Engagement Fellowship and Fulbright Programs Coordinator.

“We are thrilled that our students have been so successful in applying for and receiving Fulbright grants,” Gandenberger said in a news release. “Their success is attributable to years of hard work and dedication and this experience will have a profound long-term impact on their lives.

Elyse Freitas, of Oakland, Calif., will conduct research into amphibian biodiversity in Thailand.

Katie Garbarino, of Bellaire, Texas, will work as an English teaching assistant in Russia.

Jacob Henry, of Muncie, Ind., will work with a minority group in Burdwan, India, known as the Santali. He will document and research their language, as well as create digital materials to teach their language.

Megan Hulshizer, of Edmond, will work as an English teaching assistant in Germany.

Regennia Johnson, of Oklahoma City, will be an English teaching assistant and Model UN mentor in Spain.

Rachael Montgomery, of Oklahoma City, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.

Andrea Pemberton, of Mustang, will conduct an ethnographic study in Jerusalem to determine the long-term effects of attending a bilingual, multicultural Jewish-Arab school in Israel. 

Genevieve Schmitt, of Portland, Ore., will spend time in Amman, Irbid and Kerak, Jordan, to conduct research on Arabic perceptual dialectology.

Elana Slater, of Oklahoma City, will be an English teaching assistant in Turkey.

Kiersten Strachan, of Houston, Texas, will be an English teaching assistant in Taiwan.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides students with a one-year grant for study and research projects or to teach English in more than 150 countries. The program is open to students who are recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates and young professionals who want to pursue international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in primary and secondary level schools as well as higher education.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›