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USF Is Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars in U.S.

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The Fulbright Program has fostered mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries since 1946.

TAMPA – The University of South Florida is ranked as the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the U.S. for 2016-2017, according to new data released this week by the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Education.

With an outstanding 12 faculty members named as scholars, USF doubled its number from the year before, surpassing other top research institutions, including the Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Southern California. The top-producing institutions were highlighted nationally this week by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“Incorporating international students, faculty and programs has long been a strategic priority for the University of South Florida System. This commitment is reflected in our mission, faculty research, global engagement and campus diversity,” USF System President Judy Genshaft said.  “Earning this important recognition as the national leader in producing Fulbright Scholars is another example of USF’s rapid growth and increasing trajectory as a top tier global research university.”

With the support of the U.S. government and through binational partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholarship Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S.and the people of other countries.

Fulbright Scholarship | USF | EducationNamed after Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program was established in 1946 by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate. The first participants in the Fulbright Program went overseas in 1948, funded by war reparations and foreign loan repayments to the U.S. The Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In 2016-17, only 193 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research.

Faculty who receive the highly competitive, prestigious Fulbright awards travel abroad, bringing their experiences back with them to the U.S.  These new perspectives are incorporated into their curriculum and research, furthering the development of USF students as global citizens.

As a global research university dedicated to student success, USF has seen growth in the number of students participating in study abroad programs. This helps all students gain valuable international perspectives. Between a combination of faculty expertise and diverse classrooms interspersed with the nearly 5,000 international students at USF, students from all academic levels at USF will develop cultural skills necessary for a professional career.

“Providing unfettered access to the highest quality global education to all academically qualified students has remained a top priority for the University of South Florida. With 40 percent of our undergraduates being Pell recipients and 30 percent the first in their family to graduate from college, access to world-class faculty enriches the academic experience in ways that cannot be measured,” USF Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox said.

Through the Fulbright program USF faculty were awarded grants to conduct research across the world in a variety of disciplines, including Muma College of Business marketing professor, Dr. James Stock, who was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Finland. Only forty-three Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards worldwide were available for 2016-17, and the awards are “viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program,” according to the Fulbright program.

In the USF College of Engineering, Dr. Babu Joseph was awarded a Fulbright to study renewable energy in India, while Department of Integrative Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Christina Richards is currently in France examining molecular mechanisms that contribute to how organisms respond to the environment.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In 2016-17, only 193 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research.

A complete list of USF’s 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars can be found here.

Photo courtesy of the University of South Florida.

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