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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

Calling all potential Fulbright Scholars

R.I. Fulbright Association extends invite
to gatherings at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 25, 2003 -- Have you ever thought about becoming a Fulbright Scholar? Do you know there is a Fulbright program for scholars, researchers, professionals, students, non-scholars, artists and more? Do you want to know what it takes to start the process?

If so, some University of Rhode Island faculty and administrators would like to invite you to several workshops focusing on the variety of Fulbright programs available and how to frame a competitive proposal.

The Fulbright-Hayes Act, which established the international exchange program, was sponsored by the visionary Senator William J. Fulbright of Arkansas and passed by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of World II. Its goal was and remains to promote understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries by concrete contacts and exchanges. Today the program encompasses 140 participating nations in every region of the globe and can claim 240,000 alumni.

On Friday, May 2, Dr. Muriel Joffe, Senior Program Officer for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the administrative agency of the Fulbright program for the U.S. State Department, will visit URI. She will conduct workshops mainly for staff and faculty who wish to research or teach abroad. URI Philosophy Professor Cheryl Foster, who coordinates URI's efforts to secure international fellowships and awards for undergraduates, will offer a workshop for students seeking junior Fulbright awards.

Joffe's first workshop scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. will give an overview of Fulbright programs and may be attended by all interested parties. The second workshop from will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is on the nuts and bolts and finesse that make for a more competitive proposal. Her last session, for questions and answers, will begin at 3 p.m. All workshops will be held in the main conference room of Green Hall, located on the Kingston campus.

Foster's workshop for students from 10:30 to noon. That gathering takes place in the Hoffmann Room in Independence Hall, just opposite Green Hall. Handouts and other information will be available at both sites.

For further information, contact Lisa Harlow, URI professor of psychology at 874-4242 or or John Leo, URI professor of English, at 874-4674 or Harlow is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to Canada, and Leo was Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies and Senior Scholar, both awards to Poland. His third Fulbright is to the Slovak Republic.

URI has one of the highest numbers of Fulbright alumni among its faculty in the region, and this year has its first undergraduate recipient, Jennifer Hurtubise. The University also hosts several international Fulbrighters, advanced graduate students or visiting scholars, who have chosen URI for their studies, teaching, and research.

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