MIIS Full of Fulbrights
May 11, 2011
The Monterey Institute of International Studies President Sunder Ramaswamy is “delighted to see [five MIIS] students honored with” Fulbright awards. The five students awarded will join a prestigious alumni representing 155 countries and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
The Fulbright is awarded to a select few students every year—chosen for their academic distinction and capacity for leadership.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and facilitates an international educational exchange program that works to get students into the field where they can research, build understanding and share ideas. Five students being awarded is the most in any academic year at the Institute since its founding in 1955.
“Their success in the very competitive Fulbright Program reflects both the quality of education and the uniquely international character of the Monterey Institute,” Ramaswamy says.
After attending a three-day orientation in Washington D.C., the Fulbrights generally spend 11 months in the country they are assigned. Most will start in the fall, but the nature of the work may dictate when they begin.
The names of the award recipients and a short synopsis of their expertise and destination as furnished by MIIS:
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.