The Chronicle rates MTSU among top producers of Fulbright students

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2010 Fulbright Award recipients Kaitlen Howell, left, and Eric Little recently visited after Howell made the first of two Fulbright presentations. Howell’s second appearance will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.
Middle Tennessee State University has achieved a first-time national recognition for scholarly work that university officials hope becomes a trend.
The Chronicle of Higher Education listed MTSU as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by type of institution for the 2012 academic year. MTSU is among 17 schools listed in the master’s institutions category and the only college or university from Tennessee listed in three categories altogether.
The highly competitive Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
“This achievement validates the caliber of student at MTSU,” Provost Brad Bartel said. “We have attracted many students who are exceptional, and will be leaders in society.”
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“To be the only school in Tennessee recognized for this honor is truly extraordinary,” said John Vile, dean of the University Honors College. “If you see the company we are in — many are elite private colleges — it’s an impressive achievement.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Chronicle list indicates MTSU had 13 applicants competing for slots abroad and three received 2012 Fulbright Awards, including:
• Daniel Gouger, a double major in Spanish and biochemistry, who was selected by Spain;
• Anna Yacovone, a double major in global studies and organizational communication, who was selected by Laos; and
• Adam Emerson, a double major in international relations and psychology, who was selected by Russia.
Enhanced efforts by the Honor College’s Laura Clippard to generate more high-caliber applicants for Fulbright Awards has led to the recognition.
“Laura does a tremendous job,” Vile said of Clippard, who joined the staff in 2008 as adviser and Undergraduate Fellowship Office coordinator. With her assistance, seven MTSU students have earned Fulbright Awards.
“We are delighted to be recognized as a ‘Top Producer,’” Clippard said. “MTSU does produce students who are nationally competitive and will go on to be great change agents in society. MTSU is receiving recognition for our international efforts.”
After joining the staff and learning of The Chronicle’s list, making it became a goal for Clippard.
“The Fulbright Program promotes world peace and good will,” she said. “When I saw The Chronicle was recognizing ‘Top Producers,’ that was my dream, to have MTSU recognized. It is designed to have our students become change agents. I’m very passionate about the program.”
MTSU has had nine Fulbright recipients between 2001 to present.
MTSU alumna and Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Kaitlen Howell will discuss her Fulbright experience in Germany as well as opportunities the award can provide at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. The event is free and open to the public.
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November 15, 2012 at 1:20pm
I think it is awesome that MTSU wants their Fulbright students to be a part of international education program .MTSU is taking the right steps in helping these students become successful .These few select students are extremely outstanding, well cultured, and remarkable in their achievements. The Fulbright program is represented by the U.S government and is a student exchange program. This program is a privilege and offers a great opportunity for students to travel the world and learn about other cultures. MTSU Students get to connect with students in a specific country and experience new learning techniques in the classrooms. This program is competitive because MTSU is the only school in the state to be selected to participate in this program. Therefore, only high ranking students for the 2012 academic year are selected. This year only three students were selected for the program out of thirteen applicants. These three students were double majors and are very dedicated to their academic and school life. I believe the honors college has done an exceptional job in choosing applicants. Also in my opinion, these students have rightful earned the Fulbright awards. With this program, Fulbright students are able to change the world and become great leaders. I congratulate MTSU on having our students participate in this program. It is an honor to attend a school that makes national efforts and encourages unity.
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