Five students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies will receive Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year, the most U.S. student awards received in the Institute’s 56-year history.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Known for its selectivity and prestige, the Fulbright Program supports a limited number of students each year—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Since its establishment in 1946, the program has produced 43 alumni who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, and it is active today in over 155 countries.
"We’re delighted to see our students honored with this recognition," said Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. "Their success in the very competitive Fulbright Program reflects both the quality of education and the uniquely international character of the Monterey Institute."
The five MIIS students receiving Fulbright awards this year are:
- Lindsey Bowman -- Building on a prior year-long experience in rural Colombia, Bowman will teach English and promote local economic development in Brazil.
- Bonnie Holman -- An expert in carbon markets and forest conservation, Holman will evaluate Ecuador's national program to combine carbon sequestration, forest protection, and economic development.
- Rebecca Noreen – Noreen, an expert in English language instruction and cross-cultural communication, will spend a year in Panama sharing cutting edge teaching methodologies with English language instructors.
- Elizabeth Reid -- An Arabic-speaking attorney with expertise in illegal markets, Reid will work with the Jordanian government to stem illegal pilfering of precious antiquities from the nation's archeological sites.
- Bill Reinecke -- A French-speaking social entrepreneur, Reinecke will work with a 3,500-member agricultural cooperative in Burkina Faso to strengthen financial and ecological performance of key products.