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CSULB Ranks No. 2 in Fulbright Awards for Students

Published: November 17, 2008

CSULB ranks second in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions in producing Fulbright Awards for U.S. students for 2008-09, according to the Oct. 24 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“This is another great example of the high-quality educational opportunities available to our students,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “It also indicates why Cal State Long Beach remains among the nation’s best.”

CSULB had three students selected for Fulbright Awards for the 2008-09 academic year — Terrie Freet and Chenin Simi were selected for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) and Matthew Huy was awarded a research grant.

“I am delighted to see that a number of our students are successful recipients of Fulbright Awards,” said Karen L. Gould, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at CSULB. “The Fulbright Awards program provides students with rich experiences living and working with people in other countries. Our students return with a valuable appreciation for different viewpoints, beliefs and a global perspective that is so critical in today’s society.”

Freet, who completed her bachelor’s degree in Spanish at CSULB last spring, is teaching in Colombia, while Simi, who completed her master’s degree in Spanish in spring, is in Spain. The Fulbright ETA Program is designed to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Participants are placed in schools or universities in more than 20 countries, allowing them to increase their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

Huy, a 2006 CSULB graduate, is spending the academic year in Florence, Italy, working on a project titled “Contemporary Dance in Italy: Uncovering a Historically Artistic Culture.” He is studying at the Florence Dance Cultural Center and working with the 2008 Florence Dance Festival.

This is the second consecutive year in which The Chronicle has ranked CSULB among the top producing Fulbright institutions. In 2007, CSULB was ranked fifth in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions in producing Fulbright Awards for U.S. students. Since 2000, more than a dozen CSULB students have received Fulbright Awards.

In addition to Freet, Simi and Huy, three CSULB employees have been selected by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for this year. Frank Baber (Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration) has been named the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Environmental Policy at the Politechnic Institute of Turin, Italy, where he will teach and conduct research on international environmental law in the spring 2009 semester. Anna Liesl Haas (Political Science) is studying the impact of gender quotas on policymaking in Costa Rica at the University of Costa Rica through June 2009. Robin Lee, associate director of the Career Development Center, was accepted to the Fulbright International Education Administrators (FIEA) program and traveled to Germany in October, where she met with faculty and administrators to learn about orientation and retention efforts for first-year students.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program was created to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and countries participating in the program through educational and cultural exchanges. Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program. Sponsored by the State Department, it is an international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.