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Survey Finds BC Among Top 10 Fulbright Producers

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By Office of News & Public Affairs |
Published: November 5, 2009
Fulbright grants, which support a year’s post-baccalaureate study abroad for graduating seniors and graduate students, are one of the most coveted of academic awards. And Boston College students are among the best in obtaining them.

BC placed 10th among the nation’s research universities in an annual survey of top producers of student Fulbright winners by the Institute of International Education.

The University has made steady progress on the Fulbright front. Where six graduating seniors and one doctoral student earned Fulbrights in 1997, six years later the number rose to 13, and 20 four years after that. Last year, a record 21 BC students were awarded Fulbrights for the 2009-10 academic year, out of 68 who applied.

“It’s gratifying to see public recognition of Boston College students’ success at pursuing major national grants like the Fulbright,” says
Professor of Slavic and Eastern Languages Margaret Thomas, who is BC’s Fulbright program advisor. “But my greatest satisfaction is that of working with smart, resourceful, open-minded, and intellectually curious students as they design year-long independent research projects — projects often directly inspired by the BC faculty and curriculum — or as they prepare to represent the US abroad as Fulbright teaching assistants.

“Our graduates are very well prepared for a Fulbright year that transforms their sense of the responsibilities of global citizens.”
 
The top finisher was Northwestern University with 32 Fulbright winners, followed by the University of Chicago (31), Brown (29), and
Stanford and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (both with 28).

Rounding out the top 10 were Yale (25), and Columbia, Harvard and George Washington University (all with 23).

Other New England research universities in the survey were MIT (13), Dartmouth (10), and Tufts and UMass-Amherst (eight apiece). BC had the most Fulbrights in the Atlantic Coast Conference; Duke and North Carolina-Chapel Hill both had 11.