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BU Tops Fullbright Scholar Numbers

Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 9.26.07 PMStriving to become a university of national distinction may be bolstered by an international recognition, being a top producer of Fulbright students.
Bradley was ranked sixth nationally, among similar universities, with three students winning the Fulbright award for the year. A total of seven students have won the award since the 2011-12 school year.
The Fulbright United States Student Program offers grants for individually designed research projects and English Teaching Assistantships.
Fulbright Award winner Julie Mohedano ’13 will travel to Brazil as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, starting in early 2014.
Mohedano said that it was an honor to win a prestigious award for a international competition with an opportunity to develop skills and gain knowledge that will help her in the future.
“Obviously, this will be something I can put on my resume when I come back and look for a job, but it will also provide skills and experiences that I won’t be able to simply put down on paper,” she said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”
Students from all colleges are encouraged to apply, and must be a current junior, senior, alumni or graduate student.
In order to apply, students must meet with Chair of Bradley’s Fulbright Committee and professor Tim Conley and members of the Fulbright Advisory Committee in the spring semester of their junior year.
“The Fulbright reviewers look for students who have excellent academic records, knowledge of the host country, a clear plan of action, excellent recommendations and an ability to adapt to life in other cultures,” Conley said.
Students must then enroll in the one credit LAS seminar and complete a series of required essays. After the essay submission, the committee recommend revisions and submit an evaluation.
The applicants await the results of two external evaluations by national and international reviewers.
University President Joanne Glasser said it is a wonderful achievement for Bradley students to receive highly competitive awards like the Fulbright award.
“Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to provide the academic excellence, mentorship and educational opportunities to prepare students to compete successfully with students across the country,” she said.
Glasser said that this is one more validation that the Bradley experience has great value.