Creighton University has been named by the Fulbright Program to its list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2011-2012 U. S. Fulbright scholars. Creighton is one of only 29 Master’s institutions achieving this honor. Two Creighton graduates are studying and conducting research overseas this fall.
Anya Burkart, a physics and German double major from Monument, Colo., was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study and work in Leipzig, Germany. Burkhart is in Germany from September to July, when she will participate in optical-stretcher research at the University of Leipzig. Jessica Gaulter of Urbandale, Iowa, majored in biology and Spanish. She is studying the role of the epidermal-growth-factor receptor in hair cycling and skin inflammation. Gaulter is spending this fall in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. A complete story on their achievements can be found at http://www.creighton.edu/publicrelations/newscenter/news/2011/april2011/april52011/fulbrights2011nr04042011/index.php.
“Creighton prepares students to be conscientious, value-centered leaders who are equipped to deal with an increasingly complex world. Our students’ success in receiving these Fulbright honors is a testament to our academic excellence,” said Patrick J. Borchers, vice president for academic affairs.
Fulbright, the U. S. government’s flagship international exchange program, highlighted the top-producing institutions in the Oct. 24 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Under the Fulbright program, 1,559 American students in more than 100 different fields of study, teach English and conduct research in more than 125 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. More than 570 colleges and universities participated in this year’s program.
Creighton’s Fulbright program is administered by Amy E. Wendling, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and Bridget Keegan, Ph. D., director of scholarships and fellowships.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.