Andrew Koehler awarded prestigious Fulbright grant

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2017-05-09 15:25:33 - General

Andrew Koehler
Andrew Koehler 

Coe College graduating senior Andrew Koehler has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Koehler to teach in Sri Lanka during the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, six graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards this spring.  The seven recipients represent a new record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have been awarded Fulbrights in a given year. 

Koehler graduated cum laude on May 7 double majoring in chemistry and physics, and minoring in mathematics. While at Coe, he has been a college adjustment peer and student ambassador, and served on Student Senate and the Provost Search Committee. He was a captain of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team, and conducted research at Coe’s Center for the Study of Glass with faculty members in the chemistry and physics departments.

“I applied for the Fulbright because teaching English has become one of the most enjoyable experiences of my college career,” said Koehler. “I want to spend at least a year of my life teaching English before I begin graduate school, and the Fulbright gives me the opportunity to do so while also allowing me to learn about another culture.”

As a consultant at the Coe College Writing Center, Koehler assists Coe students on a variety of writing projects. Additionally, he volunteers at the Catherine McAuley Center where he teaches English to immigrants in the Cedar Rapids area.

After conducting environmental engineering research at the University of Iowa, Koehler decided that he wanted to pursue a career relating to water resources and energy. This was part of the reason why he applied to teach in Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lankan’s use of water resources throughout their history fascinates me,” Koehler said. “From ancient reservoirs and irrigation systems that date back thousands of years, to the extensive use of hydroelectric power today, I’m excited to observe Sri Lanka’s use of water and energy when I’m there.”

He received guidance on his application from Coe Professor Amber Shaw, who serves as the college’s Fulbright Program advisor.

After completing his Fulbright, Koehler will attend graduate school in environmental engineering at Colorado School of Mines, where he received a fellowship to conduct his Ph.D. research at the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

A graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Wichita High School East in Wichita, Kansas, Andrew is the son of Kent and Julie Koehler.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 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 early-career professionals in over 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually in over 140 countries around the world.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 20 in the past five years, and 28 awardees in the past decade.  This builds upon the tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights since the program was established.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success.  Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment.  Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.