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The Fulbright Program shines within the College of Education

Associate Professor of Educational Studies Dr. Kara Brown joins other university faculty who serve on scholarship committees for the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. She also advises students in preparing their applications and actively engages them as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistance Advisor to apply for the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Fulbright grants.

Sarah Wojcik is especially grateful to Brown for shepherding her throughout the daunting application process. Because of Brown's dedicated guidance, encouragement, and many edits, Wojcik was able to comprehensively convey the necessary information to earn an ETA. "The Fulbright is such an amazing opportunity. If you're invested at all in helping to expand opportunities abroad for undergraduates and graduates, and that is one of my commitments here at USC, then this is a natural fit," says Brown.

Wojcik is the fourth USC student majoring in education to receive this opportunity since 1995. The three other education major students who earned Fulbright Grants are Hannah Nicol who earned an ETA in 2010 to Macau; In 2005, Kevin Simmonds conducted research in Singapore; And in 1995, Jennifer Morrison conducted research in New Zealand. Wojcik will be among 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Through this opportunity, Wojcik looks forward to learning more about German pedagogy and school life. [Read more about Wojcik's plans].

College faculty, in addition to Brown, who have participated or currently are participating in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program include: Gloria Boutte (ITE), Tim Bergen (retired EDST), Susi Long (ITE), Doyle Stevick (ITE), David Virtue (ITE), Lemuel Watson (EDLP), Alan Wieder (retired, EDST), and Jennifer Wilson (deceased, ITE).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program provides participants —chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in over 155 countries.

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