Student awarded Fulbright ScholarshipChristine James, a senior who will graduate from Penn State Berks in May 2011 with a B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Professional Writing, has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan.
James was one of only 28 applicants out of 200 to be accepted to participate in the English Teaching Assistantship Program in Taiwan. Throughout the eleven months she will spend in Taiwan, she will be expected to work about 35 hours a week: 20 in the classroom and 15 developing lesson plans and tutoring students privately. James will share an apartment with three other scholars in the program.
In 2009, James spent a semester in China. To learn Mandarin Chinese for her studies abroad, she spent a semester in a Penn State Berks language class and another semester getting tutored before going to China. After spending the time in China, she knew it was an area of the world that she would return to.
With the encouragement and assistance of Dr. Sandy Feinstein, Honors Coordinator and Associate Professor of English, James applied for the Fulbright Program. After months of writing and editing her statement of purpose and personal statement with Feinstein, James submitted her application. The next step was a group interview with Berks faculty members Feinstein; Dr. Randall Fegley, Global Studies Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of History; and Dr. Malika Richards, Associate Professor of Management, who received a Fulbright grant in 2009 to lecture at Soochow University in Taiwan.
"Without the help and support from all my professors, I would have been too intimidated to apply for the Fulbright,” comments James. “My whole life has changed because of the faculty and staff here at Penn State Berks."
The Fulbright Program, which is sponsored by the US Department of State, is the flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program has provided nearly 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research; exchange ideas; and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.