Seven UO students receive Fulbright scholarships to study abroad

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Aug. 21, 2012) -- Seven University of Oregon students will study in other countries during the coming academic year after being selected to receive highly-competitive Fulbright scholarships for 2012-13.

The UO students will be assigned to six different countries in Europe, Africa and Asia during 2012-13 under Fulbright's U.S. Student Program for international study or research. The Fulbright program also offers awards for faculty to teach or conduct research abroad.

This year's student Fulbright recipients from the UO are Gina Blackburn (physics, Germany), Catherine Gifford (urban development and planning, Denmark) Lucy Gubbins (English teaching assistantship, Armenia), Brian Guy (political science, Senegal), Jade Snelling (English teaching assistantship, Germany), Jason Tashea (law, Kosovo) and Adhiraj Vable (environmental studies, India).

Five UO students received Fulbright awards a year ago, and 76 have received Fulbright awards over the past 16 years. There have been a total of 201UO student Fulbright recipients since the program was founded in 1946 by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright.

Fulbright student grants are intended to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange, while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, along with room, board and incidental expenses, based on the cost of living in host countries. They also provide health and accident coverage.

The Fulbright program offers 8,000 grants each year for graduate study, research and lecturing or teaching. Recipients from the U.S. are able to study or teach abroad, and recipients from other countries come to the U.S. for their scholarship year.

Over 300,000 student or faculty recipients – including more than 120,000 from the U.S. – have taken part in the program.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through annual appropriations from the Congress. Partner governments, foundations, corporations and educational institutions contribute additional support for the program.

For more information, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Web site at Students currently enrolled at the UO or recent graduates should contact the campus Fulbright Program adviser, Cari Vanderkar Moore ( for more information. The on-campus application deadline for the 2013-14 competition is Sept. 19.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

MEDIA CONTACT:Joe Mosley, UO media relations, 541-346-3606,

SOURCE:Cari Vanderkar Moore, UO Fulbright program advisor, 541-346-3207,

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