Record 16 UI students, alumni receive Fulbright awards for 2017–18

Sixteen University of Iowa Students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, attend graduate school, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2017–18. This number surpass

Sixteen University of Iowa Students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, attend graduate school, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2017–18. This number surpasses the UI’s previous record of 15 set last year. The students’ destinations are shaded in gold. Image by the Office of Strategic Communication.

By Hayley Bruce, Iowa Now 

Sixteen University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, attend graduate school, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2017–18.

This number surpasses the UI’s previous record of 15, which was set last year.

Semifinalists
Jeiran Hasan, Haley Henscheid, Rylee Kerper, and Amira Nash were Fulbright semifinalists named as alternates for 2017–18.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by providing participants opportunities to study, teach, conduct research, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

According to a list published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in February, the UI was named one of the top producers of Fulbright Students for 2017–18. Last year, 15 UI students were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, resulting in a tied ranking for 30th on a list of peer institutions.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

This year’s recipients include:

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