CSULB ranks fifth in the nation among master's degree-granting institutions in producing Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2007-08, according to the Oct. 26 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The Long Beach campus had three students selected for Fulbright awards for the 2007-08 academic year, including two for English teaching assistantships and another for a student research grant.
"The quality of a Cal State Long Beach education is evident when you consider that every year our campus is recognized by the Fulbright Program," said President F. King Alexander. "We're very proud of all of our recipients over the years and of the work they have been able to accomplish through their Fulbright awards."
Anahit "Ana" Samarjian received a 2007-08 Fulbright Student Grant and is in Ghana, West Africa, until June 2008, spending 10 months conducting research on malaria prevention and education programs.
Additionally, Christina Arlene Nicholas Arrozal and Xenia Martinez, two recent graduates of CSULB, were selected for 2007-08 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA). Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the ETA Program is designed to improve foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Participants are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities in more than 20 countries and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country.
Arrozal is currently spending 12½ months in South Korea teaching English to students at the elementary or middle school/high school level. Beginning in March 2008, Martinez will spend her eight-month English teaching assistantship in Uruguay. She is the first Latino Fulbright scholar from CSULB and her grant to Uruguay marks the campus' first student Fulbright to South America.
Additionally, three CSULB faculty earned Fulbright awards for the 2007-08 academic year. Philosophy Professor Julie C. Van Camp is at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, this semester; Nancy Strow Sheley, an assistant professor of English/liberal studies, will spend six months on the island of Cyprus beginning in January 2008; and sociology Professor Nielan Barnes will be doing her Fulbright work in Mexico.
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program was created to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of 155 or so countries that currently participate in the program through educational and cultural exchanges.
Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program. Sponsored by the State Department, it is an international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Since the Fulbright Program's inception, more than 250,000 participants have been chosen for their leadership potential.