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New graduate nabs Fulbright grant

Katherine Flansburg '03 will study in United Arab Emirates

7/22/2003 11:43:08 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. —Katherine Flansburg, member of the Class of '03, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to pursue study and research in the United Arab Emirates. Flansburg, a native of Peoria, Illinois, will learn Arabic and spend 10 months in the UAE under the auspices of the Fulbright U. S. Student Program, where she will be conducting research on women's education and students with special needs.

Flansburg's work will focus on how the UAE has become the leader in the Arab world in women's education and the cultural impact that initiative has had. In addition, she will also be examining the country's practice of devoting tremendous educational and medical resources toward the treatment of special needs children. Flansburg maintains that such treatment means that these children "reach their full potential, and they leave prepared to find jobs and be contributing members of society."

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Funding for the Fulbright Program is provided through annual appropriations by the U.S. Congress, significant contributions by partner governments, and generous cost-sharing by colleges and universities in the U.S. and overseas. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the New York-based Institute of International Education, under an agreement with the Department of State.

This year's U.S. Fulbright students were selected from among more than 5,000 recommended applicants. The awardees come from all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The majority are graduating seniors, but the group also includes candidates for graduate degrees as well as developing professionals and artists. Most will spend a full academic year in a host country overseas.

Flansburg is but one of six members of the Class of '03 who will be working abroad in the coming year. For the full story, check out our online version of the Spring 2003 On The Move.

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