Archive for Monday, June 21, 1999


June 21, 1999


Two more Kansas University students have received Fulbright scholarships to study or conduct research abroad for the 1999-2000 academic year, including one of the first Fulbright scholarships for China.

In May, KU's Office of International Programs announced three Fulbright scholars. Altogether five KU students have been selected as Fulbright scholars for 1999-2000.

The newest scholarship winners are Nickolas Zaller, May 1999 graduate in microbiology and in East Asian languages and literatures, and Karla Kral, a doctoral student in anthropology.

Zaller, who plans a career in international public health, is one of five students who were selected from more than 40 Fulbright applicants for study in China. Zaller, of Tulsa, Okla., will conduct research with a public health agency studying a freshwater parasite responsible for schistosomiasis, an intestinal disease. He also plans to advance his Chinese language skills and knowledge of Chinese culture.

Kral, from Akron, Ohio, will conduct a comparative ethnographic study of Mexican women's social and economic roles in creating and sustaining transnational communities in Chihuahua City, Mexico, and Garden City. This study builds on Kral's research for her master's thesis on the incorporation of Latino immigrants into rental housing in Garden City.

Fulbright Scholarship winners announced in May were: Paul Dunscomb, a doctoral student in history, from Ossining, N.Y., who will study in Japan; Stacie Lightner, graduating senior from Garden City, to study in Germany; and Lori Ann Mah, graduating senior in civil engineering from Topeka, to study in Sweden.

Since the Fulbright program was established more than 50 years ago, 349 KU students, including the two new grantees, have received this prestigious award.

The Fulbright Program was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then-freshman Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

A full Fulbright grant covers round-trip travel, health insurance, maintenance and tuition, if applicable, for nine to 10 months of study or research or both. KU's Office of International Programs coordinates the U.S. Fulbright Student Program and the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty.

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