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University of Portland math student wins Fulbright Teaching Fellowship

University of Portland math student wins Fulbright Teaching Fellowship

Jennifer Cournia, a senior math major at the University of Portland, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Germany next September. The prestigious one-year fellowship includes all living and travel expenses.

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.(lP>

Cournia will also receive the Dean's Award as the College of Arts & Sciences outstanding student during the university's commencement exercises Sunday, May 6.

While at the University of Portland, she spent a year studying in Austria at the university's Salzburg center. She has also been an ASUP senator, student body secretary, and community volunteer at the German-American School in Portland.

Cournia originally enrolled as an engineering major, but underwent a transformation during her year in Austria.

"German language and culture absolutely captivated me," says Cournia, who credits great teachers such as University of Portland adjunct assistant professor Ralf Genske with her decision to major in math -- because math provided more opportunities than engineering -- to teach in the German language.

"Winning the Fulbright will expand my dreams of becoming a math teacher - and hopefully an extraordinary teacher of German," she says.

Cournia is a 1997 graduate of Jesuit High School in Portland where she earned a 3.96 GPA and 1340 SAT scores. She is the daughter of Barbara and Michael Cournia of Aloha.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program. It enables U.S. students, artists and other professionals to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world. It enables U.S. citizens to gain international competence in an increasingly interdependent world.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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