Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA – Eight Grinnell College graduates have received Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments. The prestigious Fulbright international education exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State Department.

The Chronicle of Higher Education last year listed Grinnell as one of the “top producing schools” for students earning Fulbrights. Fifteen Grinnell students were finalists in the Fulbright program this year.

Grinnellians and their country assignments for 2010-11 include:

• Winnon Brunson, a 2010 philosophy graduate from St. Louis, Mo., will study public health systems and determinants of refugee and immigrant health at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

• Thomas Davis, a 2010 political science and economics graduate from Washington, Ia., accepted an English teaching assistantship to Indonesia.

• Harry Krejsa, a 2010 political science graduate from Indianola, Ia., will teach English in Taiwan and continue his study of the Chinese language.

• Christine McCormick, a 2009 graduate, and John Rassenfoss, a 2010 German graduate from Houston, Tex., received Fulbright English teaching assistantships to Germany.

• Emma Peterson, a 2010 Spanish graduate from Chicago, Ill., will teach English in Madrid, Spain.

• Brian Wermcrantz, a 2009 graduate, and Rachel Brolsma Whitfield, a 2010 sociology graduate from Eugene, Ore., will teach English in South Korea.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.