A record 22 University of Iowa students and alumni from a range of creative, academic, and scientific fields have been chosen from among more than 10,000 students nationally to receive a prestigious Fulbright award to conduct research, teach English, or undertake creative projects abroad in 2020–21.
For the past year, these Fulbright finalists have been encouraged by advisors, nominated by professors, and supported by those who have witnessed their academic dedication and service to the community to take a crucial step forward in applying to represent their country as citizen ambassadors.
“Our 22 finalists and 11 alternates this year have undergone a rigorous selection process,” says UI Fulbright faculty mentor Kathleen Newman. “We congratulate them and we wish them well as they begin their work abroad as researchers or English teaching assistants. This is a wonderful opportunity to make international connections and to learn to see the world from another culture’s perspective.”
This year saw the largest number of UI applicants ever, with a total of 51 UI students completing the rigorous application and interview process. A record number of 42 semifinalists were selected to compete in the second round of the competition.