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Diplomacy Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
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John_Papaspanos_FulbrightA recent Seton Hall University graduate has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, a prestigious research grant that will take him to Greece for 10 months during the 2010-2011 school year. John Papaspanos graduated in May after completing his undergraduate work at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is the fourth SHU Fulbrighter in this year's cohort.

Papaspanos's application focused on his research project, "Energy Security and Ecological Protection: The E.U. Approach and the Role of Greece." While studying at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the project will enable him to work with Greek-language publications as well as with Greek experts on the E.U. and its policies. The project will allow him to expand on his undergraduate research on E.U. energy policies. Several members of the Seton Hall community supported Papaspanos's Fulbright application with enthusiastic letters, including Professor Peter G. Ahr (University Honors Program), Professor Gisela Goodrich T. Webb (University Honors Program), and Professor Judith Stark (A&S / Philosophy and University Honors Program).

For the duration of Papaspanos's stay in Greece, the Fulbright award will pay for all transportation, living, and medical insurance expenses. Upon his return to the U.S., Papaspanos will attend law school with the aim of practicing as an attorney in the environmental and energy sectors.

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Papaspanos is the tenth Seton Hall student to become a Fulbright Scholar. In a 2004-2005 Fulbright award to Belgium and Luxembourg, 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 country. More recently, the 2008-2009 school year brought Fulbright awards to SHU students Julia Edwards (Norway), Lisa Rubenthaler (Spain), Marie Pineda (South Korea), and Kristin Pe (Taiwan). Previously this year, Theology M.A. student Kaitey Sheldon won a Fulbright award to Slovakia, Diplomacy senior Grace Chung won an award to Indonesia, and 2009 Diplomacy graduate Stephanie Aigner won an award to Greece.

Seton Hall's growing Fulbright initiative is an important aspect of the university's increasing internationalization efforts. While only two SHU students applied for Fulbright awards in 2007-2008, 11 applied in the next year's cycle, and 14 this year, including Aigner. The university's Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, hopes to continue to increase the number of applicants in the next year's cycle. Students in next year's senior class and any graduate students interested in a Fulbright application in the upcoming application cycle should contact Kimble to prepare their application, due September 21. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.

For more information please contact:
James Kimble, Ph.D.
(973) 275-2776


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