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Mon October 29, 2012
Sorry, Harvard: UM gets most Fulbright awards
How do you like them apples? Once again, the University of Michigan gets the nerd bragging rights for receiving more Fulbright Grants than any other school this year.
Forty Michigan students received the grants, a school record. Harvard’s in second with 31.
Besides the ego boost, Michiganders get to work in dozens of countries, researching everything from healthcare to Chinese sculpture.
Andrea Ubriel Goldner is studying landscape architecture in Morocco.
She says lately, it’s been depressing to work in southeastern Michigan, where the bad economy is crippling and she feels the architectural focus is short-sighted.
But this Fulbright is a chance to refresh, she says, with new inspiration from the old city of Fez.
"It’s completely car-free inside the old city. And yet somehow it's one of the most convenient cities I've ever lived in. I can make last-minute grocery decisions and execute them on foot in a matter of minutes. We have hot bread just steps away from our front door. So I think we're looking at a lot of precedents for walkable neighborhoods, sharing resources, and making healthy cities.”
She’ll also be studying how communities find solutions to limited resources; lessons she wants to bring home to Michigan.
The U of M says this is the sixth time in eight years that Michigan students have received the most Fulbrights.