GW Recognized as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The university placed among the top research institutions for generating Fulbright students, with a total of 11 students accepting the award in the 2018-2019 year.

February 15, 2019


The George Washington University has recently ranked among the top 45 research institutions for the number of its students granted Fulbright awards, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s newly released list of “Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students.”

GW made the list for its 11 undergraduate and graduate students who won Fulbright awards for the 2018-2019 year. 

“Being named a Fulbright top-producing institution is to be celebrated, and I'm excited for these recipients,” said Paul Hoyt-O’Connor, director of GW’s Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. “I am also proud of the faculty and staff of GW for fostering their commitment to cross-cultural understanding and for equipping them as future leaders who are ready to meet the world's great challenges.”

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and other professionals with funding for study and research abroad.

Eight undergraduate students accepted an award. Five of them will teach English and three others will conduct research in countries including Korea, China, Senegal, Morocco, Peru, Columbia and Germany.

Dr. Hoyt-O’Connor said the Fulbright program provides students an opportunity to forge lasting relationships with people in their host countries.

Three graduate students also earned the award, according to the GW Office of Graduate Students Assistantships and Fellowships.

“Each year we are inspired by our Fulbright graduate student recipients and their commitment to be a part of Fulbright’s mission—mutual understanding through nations,” said Geri Rypkema, assistant provost of the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.  “This recognition is also a testament to GW faculty and staff who are dedicated to supporting and promoting cultural and intellectual diversity.”

The graduate students will teach, conduct research and document cultures in South Africa, Mozambique and the Czech Republic. 

Three faculty members also received awards for lecturing and research, according to the Fulbright scholar directory.  

The recipients included:

English Teaching Assistantships

  • Safiat Adeogun, B.A. ‘18—Republic of Korea
  • Andrew Lindeborg, B.S. ‘18—Peru
  • Cameryn Lonsway, B.A. ‘18—Colombia
  • Abigail Pioch, B.A. ‘17—Senegal
  • Liza Tumen, B.A. ‘17—Morocco
  • Nenelwa Tomi, M.A. ‘18—South Africa


  • Hannah Corn, B.A. ‘18—Gender as a factor of internal migration and its impacts on social mobility in China
  • Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, B.A. ‘15—Analyzing European defense policy in a post-Brexit Europe in the European Union
  • Kara Zielinski, B.S. ‘18—Structural determination of tau neurofibrillary tangles and the effected microtubules in Germany
  • Diogo Oliveira, B.A. ’17, M.A. ‘18—The effect of the slave trade in Mozambique
  • Logan Werlinger, CERT ’17—Exploring the culture and communities around the Labe River through photography in the Czech Republic

Faculty Lecturing/Research

  • Alasdair Bowie, associate professor of comparative politics—Training the next generation of public servants in Southwest China: modernizing government structures, decentralizing and reaching out to Southeast Asia (Sichuan University, China)
  • Diane Cline, associate professor of ancient history—Mapping social networks in ancient Greece: collaborative experiments in the digital humanities (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Janis Teruggi Page, adjunct faculty of public relations/image management—Preparing Czech students for ethical leadership: best practices in strategic communication, public relations and social responsibility engagement (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)