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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

March 20, 2006

International Programs will hold
Fulbright Interest Day for students, faculty

DeKalb, Ill. — International Programs will hold a Fulbright Interest Day Seminar for students and faculty who would like to learn more about the prestigious international exchange program.

The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Heritage Room of Holmes Student Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Deborah Pierce, executive director of the Division of International Programs, is hoping for a good turnout.

“During this academic year, we had a record number of NIU students recommended for Fulbright awards; three of our record eight applications made it past the first and most difficult cut,” she said. “This demonstrates that NIU students can be very competitive in the prestigious Student Fulbright program.”

Student Fulbright awards last year were available in more than 140 countries. Hundreds of opportunities will again be offered this year on a competitive basis. For example, students can apply to teach English in Indonesia, conduct dissertation research in Australia or enroll in a master's degree program in Argentina.

“Like last year, I'm still hoping to get more NIU faculty and students to take advantage of these opportunities,” Pierce said.

Among the NIU faculty, Jeffrey Brown in the College of Law, Doris Macdonald in the Department of English and Eric Jones in the Department of History currently have senior scholar Fulbright fellowships. Brown is teaching comparative law and conducting research in Russia. Macdonald is lecturing in Lithuania. Jones is teaching and conducting research in Malaysia.

Fulbright Interest Day will feature a panel of NIU faculty who have held senior scholar Fulbright fellowships, including Kenton Clymer, chair of the Department of History, and Lemuel Watson, chair of the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education.

International Programs is sponsoring the event in cooperation with the Office of Sponsored Projects, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Honors Program, the Office of Scholarships and the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta.