University of Missouri-Kansas City students have set a campus record with four Fulbright scholarships this year.
In addition, two UMKC professors received Fulbright grants, along with five students and three professors from the University of Kansas, three students and one professor from the University of Missouri, and one professor from the University of Central Missouri.
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The highly competitive scholarships cover the cost of travel and living expenses for the winners to study, teach or research abroad. The Fulbright program, created in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
UMKC Fulbright scholar Andrew Cole will use his grant to research and arrange new music forms at the New Zealand School of Music.
Ryan Occeña, a recent UMKC graduate in music education, will study at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
“I will be surrounded by people and places that cherish the arts, and it will affect all that I bring to teaching,” he said.
Julie Bates, a German major with an art history minor, will teach English in Germany; Sa Shea Gaston, a graduate student in romance languages, will teach English in Mexico.
The school’s winning professors are Thomas Stroik, who will teach in Poland, and Lindsey Williams, an assistant professor of music education, who will go to Thailand.
KU’s student scholars are Erin Atwood, who graduated this month with a bachelor’s degree in genetics and will study in Peru; John Korba, a doctoral student of Slavic languages and literature, Czech Republic; Laura Potter, a doctoral student in tuba performance, Denmark; Allison Schmidt, a doctoral student in modern European history, Germany; and Andrew Toth, environmental engineering, Germany.
The KU 2012 Fulbright faculty are Debra Hedden, associate professor of music education and music therapy; John Janzen, a professor of anthropology; and Burdett Loomis, professor of political science. Hedden will go to Lithuania, Jenzen to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Loomis to Australia.
MU’s scholars are Sarah Hirne, a senior in chemistry, traveling to South Africa; Sheela Lal, a senior in international studies, Sri Lanka; and Krysta Brown, an adjunct professor of German and Russian studies, Germany. A fourth scholar did not want to be named.
The University of Central Missouri’s Nicholas Baeth, associate professor of mathematics, will teach and conduct research in Austria.