Updated July 6, 2011
Smith College a Leader in Fulbright Fellowship Success
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – This year, Smith College set a new record for the success of its applicants to the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State program that seeks to develop global leaders and protect academic freedom worldwide through educational exchange.
Out of 40 applicants, 19 received fellowships, the most in any single year for Smith. Over the past six years, Smith has produced the most Fulbright Fellows among all of the nation's colleges.
During that time, Smith has also consistently led the nation among top-ranking higher educational institutions, including the Ivy League universities, in its success rate (ratio of winners to applicants).
In total, 45 percent of Smith applicants were awarded fellowships this year – a figure that is more than 2.5 times the national average of about 17 percent. That means nearly one in two Smith applicants was named a Fulbright Fellow, as compared to one in six applicants on average.
The Smith alumnae will represent the United States in 14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Korea, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia and Turkey. Five have English teaching fellowships and the others will pursue the following projects:
- Mitigating the Effects of Future Chilean Earthquakes Through a GIS Database
- Harvesting Solar Energy for Homes Suffering Blackouts
- Detecting Deadly Parasites via One Quick, Accurate Test to Help Save Lives
- Maintaining the Delicate Balance of Tourism and Conservation on a Protected Landscape
- Producing Highly Charged Ions to Understand the Material of the Universe
- Uniting Science and Metaphysics through Embracing the Reality of Inherent Contradiction
- How Digital Media is Transforming Egyptian Colloquial Arabic into a Written Language
- Grassroots Journalism Seeds Second-Generation Agrarian Reform
- Reducing Disease Through Creating Inexpensive Human-Contact Materials
- The Hague District Court and International Criminal Tribunals: an Examination of Efficacy
- The Impact of Identity Formation and State-Building on Kazakhstani Autonomy
- Forging Polish Identity Within the Warsaw Uprising and Solidarity Movement Museum Spaces
- Resurgent Spirit: Staging Life as a Theatrical Response to War's Devastation
Since 1970, when Smith began maintaining a record of applicants to the Fulbright Program, more than 200 Smith alumnae have won fellowships.
Fulbright applicants set several additional college records this year:
- The largest number of applicants in a single year – 40
- The greatest variety of countries to which students applied for fellowships – 30
- The largest number of finalists – 29
To achieve this success, about 200 faculty members contributed time and expertise as mentors, recommenders, consultants, and evaluators, and reviewed about 800 pages of application materials.
Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,600 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.