Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Hobart and William Smith are among the colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to a list recently released by the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
This year marked the most Fulbright Awards granted in a single year for HWS, with four awardees. Silene Binkerd-Dale '12, Tatianna Echevarria '13, Molly Krifka '13 and Katherine Marino '13 received the prestigious award, as well as Devan Mizzoni '13, who was designated an alternate for the Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany.
Binkerd-Dale, who earned her B.A. in religious studies, was granted an award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany, and studied the social utility of language in addition to teaching. Krifka served her assistantship in Peru while also exploring the Quechua language and the connection between gender, music, language and activism. She earned her B.A. in ethnomusicology and Spanish and Hispanic studies. Marino, who earned her B.A. in dance and environmental studies, journeyed to Argentina for her assistantship and worked to create a movement education program in the local community. Echevarria earned her B.A. in anthropology and participated in an English Teaching Assistantship in Vietnam with her award.
"Our inclusion on this exclusive list has a lot to do with the popularity and high quality of our global education programs. HWS' internationally engaged faculty and our diverse and compelling study abroad programs are inspiring more and more students to seek international opportunities after graduation," explains Scott MacPhail, assistant director of health professions and fellowship advising. "That Hobart and William Smith students are finding success in the prestigious Fulbright program is also a testament to their hard work and abilities. HWS students are high-achieving, adventurous, independent, curious about the world, and committed to living lives of consequence, all qualities that match well with what the Fulbright program looks for in applicants."
More than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/.
Created in 1949, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and numerous nations around the world. Recipients are selected for their academic merit and leadership qualities, and will spend a year living, studying, teaching and conducting research abroad in effort to promote mutual understanding through intellectual freedom, academic integrity and openness.