Pitt Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

The University of Pittsburgh has been named one of the nation’s top institutions for producing Fulbright students for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and other professionals—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding
solutions to shared international concerns.

This is the eighth time in nine years that Pitt has been ranked in the U.S. Student Program category. The competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program supplies grants for individually-designed study and research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs around the world.

“This designation reflects highly on the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to advancing educational excellence,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “We could not be prouder of our alumni who are participating in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. They truly epitomize our goal of embracing the world.”

Eleven students from Pitt earned the U.S. Student Program award this year, as noted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Sunday.

“We are particularly proud to receive this honor in this Year of Pitt Global,” said Brian Primack, Dean of the University Honors College. “We are delighted that our students are consistently interested in and successful with pursuing these international awards. And we are more committed than ever to supporting them in these endeavors.”

Nine Pitt undergraduate alumni, one graduate alumna and one current PhD candidate are currently abroad in the Fulbright U.S. Student
Program. They are:

  • Katherine Andrews, of York, Pa., who graduated in 2018 with a degree in Political Science, and certificates in Latin American Studies and Global Studies, is conducting research in Uruguay.
    • Study Abroad Programs:
      • CIEE Rio de Janeiro - Spring 2018
      • CIEE Rio de Janeiro - Summer, 2018
      • Center for Latin American Studies: Valladolid, Mexico - Summer 2017
      • ISA Meknes Spring, 2016
      • Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Field Trip / Seminar – Summer 2015
  • Lauren Manning of Annapolis, Md., who graduated in 2018 with a degree in Chinese, a minor in Legal Studies and a certificate in Global Studies, is teaching English in Taiwan.
    • Study Abroad Program: CET Shanghai - Summer 2014
  • Monica Merante of Pittsburgh, Pa., who graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Anthropology and a minor in Classics, is teaching English in Malaysia.
    • Study Abroad Program:
      • Pitt in the Pacific - Spring 2016
      • OUR Borders and Belonging: London Field Studies - Summer 2017
  • Kimberly Muth of Bangor, Pa., who graduated in 2018 with a Master of Education, is teaching English in the Czech Republic.
  • Juliette Rihl of Langhorne, Pa., who graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Political Science and a minor in Italian, is teaching English in Tawian.
    • Study Abroad Program: Pitt in Florence - Spring 2016
  • Logan Tuite of Bethel Park, Pa., who graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in Applied Simulation in Engineering Design, is pursuing a graduate degree in the Netherlands.
  • Neelam Vohra of Langhorne, Pa., who graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, is teaching English in Indonesia.
    • Study Abroad Program: Comparative Healthcare in Graz - Summer 2016
  • Stephanie Washington of Moon Township, Pa., who graduated in 2018 with a degree in Biology, minors in Spanish and Chemistry and certificates in American Sign Language and West European Studies, is conducting research in Spain.
    • Study Abroad Programs:
      • OUR Borders and Belonging: London Field Studies - Summer 2016
      • Pitt in Alcala - Summer 2016

Additionally, three Pitt affiliates received the Fulbright U.S. Scholar award, which offers awards for teaching, research or both in over 125 countries to faculty and other professionals. They are:

  • David Berman of the School of Education will be in in Bosnia & Herzegovina working on a research project called School Days in Srebrenica: A Case Study of Schooling in the Extreme from Feb. through June 2019.
  • Denis Sharapov (A&S ’17G) with the Department of Anthropology within the Dietrich
    School
    is lecturing within a project called Introducing Four-Field Anthropology to Western Siberia in Russia through June 2019.
  • Colter Harper (A&S ’06G,’11G) with the Department of Music within the Dietrich School is lecturing and researching a project called Building a Recording Studio and Music Production Curriculum within the University of Ghana’s Department of Music through June 2019.