Five University of Portland seniors have been awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships to study in Germany next year, according to language professor Laura McLary. The five represent the largest class of Fulbrights in the university’s history.
The students are Trevor Brandt, Anna Lattin, Lena Teplitsky, Jordie Sehestedt, and Emily Christiansen. Brandt, a double major in psychology and German studies; Lattin, a double major in theology and German studies; Teplitsky, a double major in English and German studies; and Sehestedt, a double major in history and German studies, will all be English language teaching assistants. Christiansen, a double major in political science and German studies, will conduct research on Turkish immigration in Germany.
“The success of these students is entirely their own,” McLary says, “but certainly their participation in study abroad in Salzburg, Austria; their studies in a strong German program here at the University of Portland; and, for some of them, taking advantage of volunteer opportunities in the German-speaking community in Portland have helped to prepare them for this opportunity.”
Eighteen German language students from the University of Portland have won Fulbrights, including three 2005 graduates and four 2006 graduates. “To see these students poised to become Fulbright scholars and teaching assistants,” states McLary “represents for me how well their experiences at UP have prepared them to take on a more public, indeed, global leadership role.”
The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to “assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other counties of the world” through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Last year, the University of Portland – with four of its students receiving Fulbrights -- ranked second nationally among “master’s institutions” in a listing of top producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2006-07, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education report.