FSU earns distinction as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

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Florida State University has been named one of the nation’s top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars by the U.S. State Department.

Nine faculty scholars, a record for Florida State, were awarded Fulbright grants for 2018-2019. The annual list was published today by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

FSU ranks second in the nation among research institutions.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “It signifies the depth of excellence of our faculty.”

The nine Fulbright U.S. Scholars represent the largest number of FSU faculty members recognized in an academic year. The list of nine includes a postdoctoral scholar who earned a doctorate in English from FSU in 2018.

“The preeminent talent of Florida State’s faculty is a key reason why the university is being honored as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars,” said Janet Kistner, vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement. “We congratulate each of our nine awardees.”

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which operates in more than 125 countries, is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Since its inception in 1946, the program has awarded scholarships to about 400,000 participants so they can collaborate with scholars at institutions of higher education worldwide.

FSU’s Fulbright scholars have fanned out across the world in the 2018-2019 school year to teach and conduct research in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Malawi, France, Italy, Canada, Denmark and Israel.

Florida State ranks second in the nation as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. The annual list includes Igor Alabugin, Iris Junglas, Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj, Christopher Coutts, Joseph Schlenoff, Anne Barrett, Miles Taylor and Micah Vandegrift.Florida State ranks second in the nation as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. The annual list includes Igor Alabugin, Iris Junglas, Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj, Christopher Coutts, Joseph Schlenoff, Anne Barrett, Miles Taylor and Micah Vandegrift.

Igor Alabugin, the Cottrell Family Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to lecture and share ideas at universities in the United Kingdom.

Iris Junglas, associate professor in the Department of Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to conduct research in Ireland on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj, assistant professor of string music education in the College of Music, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland.

Christopher Coutts, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at Mzuzu University in Malawi.

Joseph Schlenoff, Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Mandelkern Professor of Polymer Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Strasbourg in France.

Anne Barrett, professor of sociology and director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Trento in Italy.

Miles Taylor, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach and perform research at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Micah Vandegrift, formerly FSU’s director of digital scholarship for University Libraries, received a Fulbright-Schuman Innovation grant to research open science policy at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and at the Royal Danish Library in Denmark. He now works at North Carolina State University.

Jacob Newberry, who earned a doctorate in English-creative writing from FSU last year, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct a postdoctoral fellowship at Bar-llan University in Israel.