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5 OU Students Receive Fulbright Awards

University of Oklahoma students Hunter F. Brunwald, Lindsay Flloyd, Chantel Green, Kayla Privett and David Stroup received 2015 Fulbright grants.

NORMAN – Five University of Oklahoma students have been named as recipients to Fulbright Grants:

  • Hunter F. Brunwald of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, who graduated with an international studies degree and a minor in German, will spend the 2015-2016 academic year teaching English to secondary school students in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
  • Lindsay Floyd of Bluff Dale, Texas, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in letters, will spend time as an English teaching assistant in Brazil where she plans to research the country’s attitude toward primary education.
  • Chantel Green, of Norman, Oklahoma, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, will spend the 2015-2016 school year teaching English in Morocco.
  • Kayla Privett of Altus, Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, will spend four weeks in Thailand with 21 other Fulbright fellows learning about Thai culture and language, before being placed in a school as an English teaching assistant.
  • David Stroup of Danville, Kentucky, working toward a Ph.D. in political science, will conduct dissertation research on the impact of urban renewal on ethnic minority communities in the cities of Jinan, Yinchan and Xining, China.

“The OU family is excited to see so many outstanding students honored with Fulbright awards. We are proud to have such able scholars represent the university internationally,” said OU President David Boren.

“This is the second highest number of recipients in OU’s history, and we are very proud of the talent and years of hard work that enabled our students to receive these prestigious grants,” said Jaci Gandenberger, the Global Engagement Fellowship and Fulbright programs coordinator at OU.

“Each of these students was successful in winning a Fulbright grant because of the hard work they put into their applications and their academic careers at the University of Oklahoma. The Fulbright program attracts many of the best and brightest graduating seniors and graduate students in the nation. OU’s great success is consistently producing Fulbright winners to teach and conduct research around the world is a testament to our outstanding student body and the university’s increasing international focus. These students will return to the United States with experiences and skills that will have a profound longterm impact on their lives and careers, as well as their communities.”

Students were chosen for the Fulbright Grants after a national competition among more than 9,800 applicants. The Fulbright Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, supports students for up to a year of research, coursework or teaching practicum in more than 160 countries around the world. It is designed to give recent graduates, graduate students and young professionals international experience.

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program. Fulbright Grants are available to students studying most subjects in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and in professional programs.