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Leanne Pupchek wins Fulbright Award

06/29/11 -  

 Dr. Leanne PupchekDr. Leanne Pupchek, associate professor in the Knight School of Communication, is studying and teaching in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The U.S. Dept. of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced her award in June 2010.  She is the first sitting Queens faculty member to ever win the prestigious award.

Pupchek is teaching at the Ukrainian Catholic University and performing research on the visual vocabulary of persuasive messages designed for and about the Euro 2012 soccer championship tournament.  She is one of approximately 1,100 faculty and professionals who are traveling and living abroad through this year's Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.

"I am very excited for the professional opportunity and also for my family as our sons were adopted from Ukraine," Pupchek said. You can follow her blog at http://ukrainecheks.wordpress.com/

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 

"This is quite an accomplishment for Dr. Pupchek, a long-time leader in the Knight School," said Dean Van King. "She always makes a difference wherever she is, and will have a  great year in Ukraine, enjoying both her teaching and research. We're really proud of her and proud for Queens."

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics.  Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect. 

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.  For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

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