Two more Seton Hall students have been named Fulbright Scholars in the prestigious national competition, bringing the university’s total for this year up to four. Senior Kristin Pe, a dual major in Asian Studies and in Diplomacy and International Relations, is headed to Taiwan. Senior Marie Pineda, who is majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations and minoring in Spanish and in Broadcasting and Visual Media, will be traveling to South Korea. The pair are the first SHU undergraduates to become Fulbright Scholars this year.
The university’s Fulbright Committee agreed that both scholars completed strong applications. Pe’s application was supported by letters of support from Dean Tracy Gottlieb (Freshman Studies), Professor Mei Zhao (Arts and Sciences / Asian Studies) and Father John Dennehy (University Chaplain). Pineda supplemented her application with letters from Professor Kelly Shea (Arts and Sciences / English), Professor Michael Chiaradonna (Diplomacy) and Professor Maura Harrington (Arts and Sciences / English).
Previously this spring, the Fulbright program named graduate students Julia Edwards and Lisa Rubenthaler as scholars. Edwards, an MA candidate in the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, is headed to Norway. Rubenthaler, who will be traveling to Spain, is an MA candidate in the College Education and Human Services, and is majoring in Professional Development; she is also enrolled in Seton Hall’s EPICS program (Educational Partners in Catholic Schools).
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Pe, Pineda, Edwards, and Rubenthaler bring to six Seton Hall’s overall total of student Fulbright Scholars. In a 2004-2005 Fulbright award to Belgium and Luxembroug, Yevgeniy E. Oleynikov studied European Union foreign policy toward the U.S. In 1994-1995, Theresa M. Napolitano studied Sweden’s role in regional civilian defense while on a Fulbright award to that county.
Seton Hall’s growing Fulbright initiative is an important aspect of the university’s increasing internationalization efforts. While only two SHU students applied for a Fulbright awards in 2007-2008, eleven applied in this year’s cycle, including the four new scholars. The university’s Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, says that students in next year’s senior class and any graduate students interested in a Fulbright application in the upcoming application cycle should contact him to prepare their application, due in mid-September. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.
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Dr. Jim Kimble