The University of Arizona has been named a top producer of Fulbright students by the Institute of International Education, ranking No. 14 among all U.S. research institutions and setting a university record with 20 awardees.
Three of the recipients recently graduated from the College of Humanities:
- Sarah Erickson, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies – Russia (English teaching assistantship)
- Kimberly Henderson, Department of German Studies, Department of Neuroscience, Honors College – Germany (study/research)
- Bryn Sharp, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies, Honors College – Uruguay (English teaching assistantship)
"This record-breaking number of Fulbright students reflects well on the University of Arizona educational experience, and our high-achieving, global-ready students are eager to make an impact all over the world," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "We are all extremely proud of these remarkable students and excited to see what our Fulbright awardees accomplish in the future."
In order for a university to earn top-producer recognition, at least 10 students or recent graduates must be granted Fulbright awards for the academic year. With 20 awardees in 2019-20, the university more than doubled its mark of eight last year and surpassed its previous record of 16, set in 2011.
Awardee Sarah Erickson recently earned her master's degree in Russian and Slavic studies and is embarking upon an English teaching assistantship in Russia. As a first-generation college student, she said that the university provided an ideal support structure for her to achieve her academic goals.
"It was a bonus that there was such a great institution in my home state," added Erickson, a graduate of Buena High School in Sierra Vista.