For the ninth consecutive year, Northwestern ranks among the top 10 research institutions that produce Fulbright U.S. Student awards, according to data published in the February 12 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A near-record 27 Northwestern students or alumni accepted the prestigious award and currently pursue teaching, research or other projects, which are funded by the nation’s premier international exchange program. An additional two grants were offered but declined.

The high number of Fulbright scholars ranks Northwestern third out of all the research institutions nationwide that submit applications.

Northwestern Fulbrighters for the 2014-15 academic year hail from a variety of academic backgrounds, ranging from biomedical engineering and mathematics to journalism and political science. They have been dispatched to 18 different countries, including Brazil, Israel, India, South Korea and Germany.

One Fulbright recipient, Emil Leon Klosowiak '14, is now researching new materials that can be used in spinal cord regeneration at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.

“Besides the exciting research I’ve been engaged in, I’ve submerged myself in Krakow student life, exploring the city and hiking and skiing in the nearby Tatra mountains," said Klosowiak, who graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and plans to attend medical school upon his return.

Two Northwestern students secured Fulbrights to the United Kingdom, one of the most competitive placements, said Northwestern’s Sara Anson Vaux, the director of the Office of Fellowships and the Fulbright Faculty Adviser.

Northwestern’s largest class was 2008-09, when it led all research institutions with 32 grant winners. In 2011-12, Northwestern also had 27 recipients.

“Bringing the Wildcat sprit to New Zealand, Tanzania, Poland, Uruguay and all points in between, Northwestern students will once again be in the field pushing forward their intellectual agendas,” said Stephen Hill, senior associate director in the Office of Fellowships.

For a complete list of this year's Northwestern Fullbright recipients, visit the Northwestern News Center.

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