Thompson Announces $75,900 Fulbright-Hays Grant for Penn State University

Jul 19, 2017

Thompson congratulates 2016-2017 Fulbright award recipients

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a $75,900 federal grant for Penn State University students and scholars working on group projects overseas.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the funding through the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program.

It provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.

This grant will afford 13 participants the opportunity to study abroad including:

six pre-service agriculture education students; six current secondary agricultural education secondary school teachers; and one assistant professor serving as program organizers and facilitators.

“Congratulations to the 13 Penn State University participants for being selected to receive this Fulbright-Hays funding,” Rep. Thompson said. “Our American students and scholars work in countries throughout the world teaching, studying and promoting global peace and friendship. I am proud that our Penn State students are participating in these unique exchange programs, and I wish them all the best for a safe journey abroad and a successful study.”

Melanie Miller Foster, Ph.D., is the project director for the group that will receive the Fulbright-Hays grant funding.

“The Pennsylvania State University Global Teach Ag! Initiative is excited to provide leadership to advance the global learning occurring throughout our secondary education programs focused on food, fiber, and natural resources,” Dr. Miller Foster said. “Agriculture is truly the shared language of the world. With funding from Fulbright Hays, we will be able to advance meaningful conversations between future generations of positive change agents and current secondary agriscience teachers.”

 

2016-2017 FULBRIGHT AWARDS

Rep. Thompson also recently congratulated 2016-2017 Fulbright award recipients from Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional district during a speech on the House floor.

Congress established the Fulbright program in 1946. It promotes friendly and peaceful relations between Americans and people of other countries through international educational exchange. Each year more than 3,000 U.S. students, scholars, artists, and professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to lecture, study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 140 countries.

The 16 recipients are:

Dr. Farshid Arhrestani, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Biology whose host country was India.

Dr. Luis Ayala Hernandez, of State College Pennsylvania. A Scholar of engineering whose host country was Colombia.

Ms. Maria Barboza, of Clarion, Pennsylvania. A student with an English Teaching Apprenticeship whose host country is Brazil.

Dr. Samuel Bufford, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Law whose host country was Romania.

Ms. Alice Chen, of Bradford, Pennsylvania. A student with an English Teaching Apprenticeship whose host country was Taiwan.

Ms. Talia Cowen, of State College, Pennsylvania. A student with an English Teaching Apprenticeship whose host country is South Korea.

Dr. Zuleima Karpyn, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Engineering whose host country was Colombia.

Ms. Lauren Knoth, of State College, Pennsylvania. A student of Sociology whose host country was Finland.

Dr. Gerald Le Tendre, of Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Education whose host country was Japan.

Dr. Anthony Robinson, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Geography whose host country was Austria.

Dr. Robert Roeser, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Psychology whose host country is India.

Dr. Heather Snyder, of Waterford, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Psychology whose host country was the United Kingdom.

Dr. Jacqueline Stefkovich, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Education whose host country was Croatia.

Ms. Ann Tarantino, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of the Arts whose host country was Brazil.

Dr. Andrea Wyman, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Library Science whose host country was Azerbaijan.

Dr. Karl Zimmerer, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Scholar of Geography whose host country is Spain.

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