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UW–Madison students receive Fulbright fellowships

June 3, 2013 By Kerry Hill

Eleven UW–Madison students have received 2013-14 fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the country’s flagship program for international exchange.

The program provides recipients with funding for a full academic year of study, research or assistant teaching abroad. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the program, with significant contributions from participating governments and host institutions.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 310,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

UW-Madison has been among the leading U.S. research institutions producing Fulbright fellows and scholars.

Nine from UW–Madison (listed here with degree, destination country, field and research topic) received awards for graduate study abroad:

  • John Boonstra, PhD, France, history: Circuits of Silk: Commerce, Colonialism and Culture between Lebanon and Lyon, 1860-1930
  • Marquita Decker, PhD, Netherlands, economics: Societal and Patient-Centered Cost Effectiveness in Breast Cancer Screening
  • Galen Gibson-Cornell, MA, Hungary, painting and printmaking: Urban Portrait of Budapest: A Printmaking Project
  • David Harrisville, PhD, Germany, history: Unholy Crusade: The Moral Economy of the Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-44
  • Anthony Irwin, PhD, Thailand, theology and religion: Building Buddhism in Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Daniel Kim, PhD, South Korea, history: Japanese Colonial Education and the Culture of Academia in Korea, 1910-1945
  • Anthony Medrano, PhD, Malaysia, history: Weathering Change: Suluk Networks Across the Sulu and South China Seas, 1878-1963
  • Debbie Sharnack, PhD, Uruguay, history: A Contested History of Human Rights: The View from Uruguay
  • Jeffrey Ziegler, BA, Sweden, political science: Understanding Swedish Electoral Reforms: Influencing Factors, Implications and Results

Two individuals from UW–Madison (listed here with degree and destination country) received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for English teaching assistantships:

  • Jeffrey Eversman, BA, Germany
  • Sarah Tolman, BA, Germany

In a separate competition administered through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Caitlin Mackesey, who recently received an undergraduate degree from UW–Madison, was awarded a French Government English teaching assistantship.