2018 USF Fulbright Day Highlights
Go Bulls! Pictured from Left to Right: Aroushad Tahsini (Panelist), Dr. Holly Donahue Singh (Panelist), Allyson Hoffman (Panelist), Heather Theisen-Gandara (Panelist, Assistant Director of International Exchange Programs at IIE), Elizabeth Brown (Panelist), Betty Castor (former USF President and past Chair of the J. William Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board), Lauren Chambers (Moderator of the Panel and USF Student Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA), Dr. Sayandeb Basu (Director of the Office of National Scholarships), and Dr. Charles Adams (Dean of the Honors College).
Learn about USF Fulbright Day below and CLICK HERE to see the panel discussion, "My Fulbright Experience."
On April 6, 2018, USF celebrated its first ever Fulbright Day! Fulbright Day celebrates our university's continued success and legacy with the Fulbright US Student Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright US Student Program is the largest exchange program in the world – sending US students abroad for up to one year to engage in an independent research project, undertake a master's degree, or teach English. The Fulbright US Scholar Programs offer US faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, and/or conduct research in a variety of academic and professional fields.
For 2017, USF was named as the NUMBER ONE Producer of Fulbright Scholars (faculty) by the Chronicle of Higher Education. With an outstanding 12 faculty members named as scholars, USF doubled its number from the previous year surpassing other top research institutions. Also, in 2017, USF was the institution with the most Fulbright student awards in the state of Florida, having received 10 student awards. Additionally, each year, our university hosts a number of foreign Fulbright students and faculty from across the globe to teach and study at USF.
Fulbright Day is also devoted to celebrating USF's Fulbright success, discussing ways to continue and increase awareness about Fulbright programs across campus, learning about the application process, and listening to the experiences of past Fulbright scholars and students. This contributes to our already strong USF Fulbright legacy, and celebrates the road ahead in terms of the Fulbright legacy at USF.
USF Fulbright Day consists of two events: a student panel discussion and a networking reception event. The panel and reception celebrates and promotes Fulbright at USF, "embracing our Fulbright history, celebrating our Fulbright accomplishments, and works towards our future with Fulbright."
Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Charles Adams (Dean of the Honors College), Heather Theisen-Gandara (Panelist, Assistant Director of International Exchange Programs at IIE), Allyson Hoffman (Panelist), Dr. Holly Donahue Singh (Panelist), Elizabeth Brown (Panelist), and Aroushad Tahsini (Panelist)
The panel consists of past student Fulbright recipients, as well as Heather Theisen-Gandara, Manager of Outreach and Recruitment for the Institute for International Education (IIE), which manages the Fulbright US Student Program. The student recipients discuss their motivations for applying for Fulbright, what they did with their Fulbright in their host country, and how Fulbright impacted them professionally and personally. Learn more about the 2018 panelists by clicking on their bios below.
Heather Theisen-Gándara has more than nineteen years of experience in the field of international education. She joined IIE twelve years ago from Rice University, where she held the position of Assistant Director for the English as a Second Language Program. In 2005, Heather joined IIE in part to work on outreach for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, in addition to the KAUST Discovery Scholarship, the Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP), the ExxonMobil MENA Scholarship Program, EM Russian Scholarship Program, and the Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola. For the past two years, Heather has led the Fulbright Student Program Outreach and Recruitment Team. Heather holds a master's degree in education with an emphasis in multi-cultural guidance and counseling and has worked within the global community in several capacities. She is in the dissertation phase of her Doctorate of Education degree with an emphasis in higher education administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
The networking reception immediately followed the panel discussion, bringing together past student and faculty Fulbright recipients, foreign Fulbrighters currently on campus, and faculty and students interested in applying for the Fulbright US Student Program to engage in discussions about their Fulbright experiences or intentions.