Coe graduates receive a record five prestigious Fulbright grants

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2012-05-18 07:33:06 - General

Four graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2012-13 academic year. This represents a record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year.

The latest Coe Fulbright awardee to be announced is Ellen Burns, who recently graduated with majors in creative writing and English. A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Burns has been given the opportunity to teach and conduct research in Turkey during the next school year.

As previously reported, graduating seniors Nina Carlson of Ames, Iowa, Martha Hughes of Albuquerque, N.M., and Christine Kuster, class of 2011 from Muscatine, Iowa, have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants. The awards will provide all three with the opportunity to teach in Germany during the 2012-13 academic year. In addition, Elizabeth Steele, a member of the class of 2012 from Shoreview, Minn., has received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Serbia during the next school year.

Carlson and Hughes both double majored in English and German while at Coe. Steele majored in political science with a minor in economics. Carlson, Hughes, Steele and Burns graduated from Coe on May 6. Kuster majored in English and creative writing, and minored in art while a student at Coe.

Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program, providing funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends approximately 1,500 students per year to more than 140 countries.