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Northwestern Named Top Fulbright Producer

Twenty-seven Northwestern scholars win prestigious award to study or teach, including two students who proposed public health research projects.

For the ninth consecutive year, Northwestern University ranks among the 10 top research institutions that produce Fulbright U.S. Student award winners, according to data published in the February 12 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A near-record 27 Northwestern students or alumni accepted the prestigious award and currently pursue teaching, research or other projects, which are funded by the nation’s premier international exchange program. An additional two grants were offered but declined.

The high number of Fulbright scholars ranks Northwestern third out of all the research institutions nationwide that submit applications.

Northwestern Fulbrighters for the 2014-15 academic year hail from a variety of academic backgrounds, ranging from biomedical engineering and mathematics to journalism and political science. They have been dispatched to 18 different countries, including Brazil, Israel, India, South Korea and Germany.

Two Northwestern students secured Fulbrights to the United Kingdom, one of the most competitive placements, said Ms. Sara Anson Vaux, director Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships and the Fulbright Faculty Adviser.

Among Northwestern’s winners, Amisha Patel (Jackson, Miss.), a fellow at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, proposed studying pre-hospital care of patients with heart attacks in India by using focus groups, analyzing documents and conducting in-depth interviews with healthcare professionals and patients.

The complete list of Northwestern 2014-15 Fulbright recipients follows, their hometowns and their projects:

Nicholas Boffi (Avon, Conn.), Israel, physics; Nicole Bronnimann (Tucson, Ariz.), Germany, teaching English; Iman Childs (Queens Village, N.Y.), Rome, journalism; Sofia Falzoni (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Brazil, teaching English; Hannah Green (Madison, Wisc.), United Kingdom, journalism; Nadia Hlebowitsch (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Uruguay, teaching English; Christopher Hoffman (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Germany, teaching English; Candace Kohli, (Dundee, Ohio), Germany, theology and religion; Neel Lalkiya (Binghamton, N.Y.), Taiwan, teaching English; Rachel Markon (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), South Africa, teaching English; Tracy Navichoque (Los Angeles, Calif.), Uruguay, teaching English; Joel Penning (Valley Center, Kansas), Italy, history; Janesh Rahlan (Aurora, Ill.), Turkey, teaching English; Julie Santella (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Tanzania, political science; Rachel Scholes (Olympia, Wash.), New Zealand, chemistry; Kia Sosa (Highland Park, Ill.), Croatia, teaching English; Jacob Wunsh (Homer Glen, Ill.), Germany, teaching English; Kali Zhou (Irvine, Calif.), China, public health.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program was designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the citizens of other countries and provide support for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant programs. Candidates succeed based upon their academic merit and leadership potential.

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