Program Advisor Krishna Winston helps students apply for the Fulbright
grants. Six students received the award this fall.
Wesleyan a Top Fulbright Scholar Producer
For the second year in a row, the Chronicle of
Higher Education named Wesleyan as one of the “Top Producers of Fulbright
Awards for U.S. Students.” The report was published in the Oct. 20 edition.
Under the “Bachelor’s Institutions” category, Wesleyan tied for 9th place
with St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minn. and Wheaton College in Norton,
Mass. In 2006-07, Wesleyan had 23 Fulbright applicants, with six students
The students who were awarded Fulbrights are:
Cara Chebuske ’06 and Amie Kim ’04 are currently in South Korea, teaching
English as a foreign language. Emily Garts, Kate McCrery and Rose Tisdall,
all of the class of ’06, are in Germany teaching English. Elizabeth Langston
’05 is in France teaching English. Laura Goldblatt ’06 also received the
French Government Teaching Assistantship but declined the award, and Roger
Yang, M.D. ’99 was named an alternate; he had applied for a grant to study
Chinese alternative medicine in Australia.
“Wesleyan can be proud of these results,” says Krishna Winston, the Marcus
L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, who has served as
Fulbright Program Advisor since 1979.
In recent years, the number of applicants with whom she works has risen from
an average of 12 to more than 20, thanks to the larger number of Wesleyan
students participating in study-abroad programs and the internationalization
of the curriculum.
“Opportunities for teaching English have increased dramatically, and now
attract a good percentage of the applicants, eager to be on the giving end
in the classroom instead of the receiving end,” Winston says.
The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the
largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for
students, scholar, and professionals to undertake international graduate
study, advanced research, teaching and work in the creative arts. The
program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the
government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and the people of other countries."
This fall, the 1,200 American students who received Fulbright awards are
conducting research, taking courses, or teaching English in 122 countries.
Winston works very closely with seniors, graduate students and alumni,
helping them refine their projects and write and rewrite their proposals and
“I enjoy my role as Fulbright Advisor because I come to know very able and
interesting students from a wide range of disciplines, including graduate
students, and because I am essentially giving them individual writing
tutorials,” she says. “I learn a great deal from discussing the projects
with the applicants, and they learn a great deal about how to present their
ideas cogently and concisely.”
Winston recruits faculty members with international experience to serve on
the Campus Fulbright Committee, which interviews all the applicants who are
on campus and any alumni who live within traveling distance of Middletown.
This fall, the members of the committee were Annemarie Arnold, Robert Conn,
Alice Hadler and Catherine Ostrow.
“I am tremendously grateful to these colleagues who give up an afternoon and
an evening to interview up to 20 students,” she says.
For more information on the Chronicle of Higher Education ranking and the
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By Olivia Bartlett, The Wesleyan Connection