Chronicle of Higher Education: Bowdoin a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students

Two faculty members and eleven students were awarded Fulbright grants in 2016, making Bowdoin one of the top Fulbright producing institutions of the year. The full list as compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education here.

Associate Professor of Economics Stephen Meardon was Fulbright U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico, from August through December, where he taught courses on the history of hemispheric trade relations, and did research on the history of U.S. trade deals with Mexico, and the role of U.S. funding agencies in the development of academic economics in Mexico.

Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies Peggy Wang will be leaving for Beijing in April, when she will begin researching contemporary Chinese art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

The eleven student awardees are teaching English or conducting research in eight countries. Read about them here.

“We encourage our students to be intentional about their four years—to take a wide variety of courses, to make the most of their summer opportunities, to be thoughtful about study away, and to give back to their community through extra-curricular and volunteer activities,” said Cindy Stocks, director of the Office of Student Fellowships and Research, which administers the Fulbright competition at Bowdoin.

“These experiences make for well-rounded students who think critically about the world beyond the U.S., which aligns perfectly with Fulbright’s mission to enhance cross-cultural understanding.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

More than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

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