Students receive Fulbright Awards for 2017-2018

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Four students from the Department of Biological Sciences have been awarded grants by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to study abroad in 2017-18.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering students grants to conduct research, study and teach abroad. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Notre Dame has appeared on this list for three consecutive years, coming in tied at No. 2 in the nation for the 2016-17 list.

“We believe that Notre Dame’s extraordinary success with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is due primarily to three factors,” said Jeffrey Thibert, associate director and acting director of the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). “First, the extensive advising that CUSE and the Graduate School provide, especially over the summer months. Second, the outstanding international experiences that our applicants bring to their applications from the excellent education they receive at Notre Dame. And third, the crucial mentoring and advice provided by Notre Dame faculty and staff who serve on our Fulbright Campus Committee and those both on-campus and off-campus who serve as recommenders and language evaluators.”

“Fulbright fellowships offer an amazing opportunity for our graduate students to support their innovative research within an international context. We are proud that so many of our students will serve as ambassadors for Notre Dame and the United States during their fellowship years,” said Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost, and dean of the Graduate School.

The recipients are:

  • Kiley Adams, Edgewood, Washington; biological sciences, Class of 2017 — study and research grant to India.
  • Haley Adams, Midland, Michigan; biological sciences, Class of 2017 — English teaching assistantship to Poland.
  • Salvatore Curasi, North Bellmore, New York; biological sciences graduate student — study and research grant to Russia.
  • Jenna Davidson, St. Charles, Missouri; biological sciences graduate student — study and research grant to Indonesia.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually in over 140 countries throughout the world.

The Fulbright competition at Notre Dame is open to all current students and alumni. It is administered at the graduate level by the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships and at the undergraduate level by CUSE. Students and alumni create an application for the fellowship program in conjunction with their faculty advisers and under the direction of either the Graduate School or CUSE. The recent improvement in Fulbright outcomes at Notre Dame corresponds to the increasing efforts by the Graduate School and CUSE to provide both one-on-one consultations and group support for students throughout the application process, including conceptualization of projects, writing and revising proposals, and interview preparation and practice.

Adapted from original article published by Brittany Collins Kaufman at on May 24, 2017.