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Davidsonians Overachieve at Winning Fulbright Awards

by Bill Giduz

ChambersDavidson College is listed as a "top producer" in the U.S. Department of State's list of colleges and universities with the most 2013-2014 Fulbright students.

With its eight current Fulbright grant recipients, Davidson ranks 14th among 114 Carnegie classification bachelor's degree institutions. The top school was Pitzer College with 22 grants, followed by Smith College with 21.

Most of the Fulbright recipients from Davidson are members of the Class of 2013, and are currently in the midst of their assignments. They are 1) Jean DeOrnellas, on an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in South Korea; 2) Alexandra Francis '12, conducting research in international relations in Jordan; 3) Anja Fries, conducting research in medical sciences in Spain; 4) Monica Lee, on an ETA in Guatemala; 5) Marja "Beth" Mundy, conducting research in chemistry in Finland; 6) Maegan Newell, conducting biology research in Germany; 7) Kristine Sowers, on an ETA in Spain; and 8) Yessenia Coto, on an ETA in Brazil.

More than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study currently hold Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential-with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 67 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.