Rutgers Ranked 3rd Among Top-Producing Fulbright Universities

Nicholas Hughes - Fulbright WinnerRutgers students and alumni accepted 26 Fulbright Grants this year, the most ever in the university’s history. Nationally, only Harvard (39) and Michigan (32) received more. Joining Rutgers in the top 10 were Princeton (26), Arizona State (26), Northwestern (23), Texas (22), Columbia (21), Yale (21), Cornell (20), and Chicago (20).  The highest Rutgers had previously been ranked was 11th with 21 recipients in 2012–2013. For a complete list of the 2013–2014 top-producing Fulbright schools among Ph.D.-granting institutions, see the Fulbright Website.

The 26 U.S. Fulbright Students from Rutgers will spend their year abroad in 14 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. Among the recipients were 17 graduating seniors, four current graduate students, and five graduates of Rutgers. Twenty-two of Rutgers’ 26 U.S. Fulbright Students will serve as English Teaching Assistants; the remaining four will pursue independent research. In addition, five other Rutgers students declined the award.

As is the case with all such major successes, this one was hardly an overnight outcome. Indeed it was the culmination of six years of hard work during which the number of Fulbright applications by Rutgers students increased from 24 in 2008–2009 to an all-time high of 129 this past year. Of course, the lion’s share of the credit for such dramatic improvement must go to the candidates themselves, but it’s also true that even students as obviously talented and accomplished as these couldn’t have succeeded without the support of their faculty mentors who wrote letters of recommendation and their faculty Fulbright advisers who helped them prepare and polish their applications. For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and how to apply, see the Fulbright Grant web Fulbright Grant webpage.

Here, listed alphabetically by country, are the 31 Rutgers students who were offered 2013–2014 Fulbright Grants, along with their major, school, and whether they will be English Teaching Assistants (ETA) or doing research:

  • Kimberley Thomas, Geography, Graduate School–New Brunswick, Research, Bangladesh
  • Dimetri Duckrey, Political Science and Spanish, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Brazil
  • Shane McFadden, Language Education, Graduate School of Education, ETA, Brazil
  • Henry Mason, English, School of Arts and Sciences, Brazil
  • Vera Lentini, English and Italian Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Bulgaria (declined)
  • Aviva Rosenberg, Communication and Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Bulgaria
  • Jeffrey Adler, Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Colombia
  • Timothy Hauser, Information Technology and Informatics, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Germany
  • Spencer Klein, Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Germany
  • Alexander McKenna, English and German, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Germany
  • Kate Imy, History, Graduate School–New Brunswick, Research, India
  • Morgan Campbell, Planning and Public Policy, Graduate School–New Brunswick, ETA, India
  • Nicholas Hughes, English and Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Indonesia
  • Aidan Milner, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Indonesia
  • Catherine Kupiec, Art History, Graduate School–New Brunswick, Research, Italy
  • Jocelyn Chokkattu, English, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia
  • Andrew Foltz-Morrison, Philosophy and Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia
  • Kara McCloskey, History and Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia
  • Veena Rathakrishnan, Public Health, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia (declined)
  • Taha Saeed, Philosophy and English, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia
  • Jonathan Weintraub, American Studies and Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Malaysia
  • Rohini Bhaumik, English and History, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Slovak Republic
  • Kira McDonald, Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Slovak Republic
  • John Karayannopoulos, History, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, South Korea
  • Kelvin Mei, Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, South Korea (declined)
  • Elix Colon, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Spain
  • Kevin Apodaca, Biological Sciences and Classics, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Taiwan
  • Matthew Cortland, Art History, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Taiwan (declined)
  • Rubab Hassan, Middle Eastern Studies and English, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Turkey
  • Alexander Kelsen, English, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Turkey (declined)
  • Sonia Szczesna, Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, ETA, Turkey