Thursday, May. 17, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

A record number of Grinnell College seniors have accepted Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments next year—11 who will graduate on Mon., May 21, plus one recent graduate, making a total of 12 Fulbrights for Grinnellians this year.

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.

“This has been a banner year for Grinnellians in the Fulbright competition,” said Doug Cutchins, director of social commitment. “Grinnell has consistently been a top producer for the Fulbright program, but this year we exceeded even our own expectations.” Cutchins said that a record number of Grinnell students applied to the Fulbright program (55) and a record number received offers (15) or were named alternates (7).

Grinnellians and their country assignments for 2012-13 include:

• Elizabeth Behr, a French and anthropology major from Edina, Minn., will teach English in South Korea.

• Jared Dye, a Russian major from Mount Vernon, Ia., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Russia.

• Marco (Max) Fulgoni, an anthropology and Spanish major from Kalamazoo, Mich., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Malaysia.

• Laura Glass, a religious studies major from Albuquerque, N.M., will teach English in Nepal.

• Claire Griffith, a political science major from Westminster West, Vt., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Macedonia.

• Kristen Moreland, a Russian major from Pella, Ia., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Russia.

• Christopher Neubert, a 2008 graduate from Des Moines, Ia., will conduct independent research and field work in Sri Lanka.

• Hannah Taylor, a German and English major from Williamsburg, Va., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Germany.

• Noah Tetenbaum, a philosophy major from Amherst, Mass., will study Arabic in Egypt.

• Emily Ullberg, a psychology and Chinese major from Prairie View, Ill., will work with the Rural Education Action Project in China.

• Justin Wedell, a political science major from Pepper Pike, Ohio, has accepted an English teaching assistantship to Turkey.

• Robin Wetherill, an anthropology major from Indianapolis, Ind., will teach English in the Czech Republic.

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.