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The Humanities & Arts Department and the International and Global Studies program are proud to announce the receipt by WPI Senior Claire Dickson-Burke of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award for Germany.

Claire is a double major in International and Global Studies and Biology/Biotechnology, for which she completed an MQP on Artemisia treatments for malaria. She is also an alumna of the HUA Project Center in Konstanz, Germany, an opportunity that led her to pursue summer lab work in Hanover, Germany, during her time at WPI.

Launched in 1946 by the U.S. State Department after the end of World War II in order to foster international exchange between the United States and countries around the world, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is today the largest U.S. exchange program, and one of the most prestigious. It offers upcoming and recent graduates, and graduate students, of U.S. institutions opportunities to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Not only is a Fulbright research or teaching award an experience that changes its recipients’ lives, but Fulbright alumni go on to be successful heads of corporations, ambassadors, members of Congress, presidents, journalists, artists, and professors. Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees.

WPI students or alumni with interest in Fulbright can find more information on the website:

For details on the Fulbright application process, contact Professor John Galante at The application for the next cycle launched recently and preparations for the October deadline should begin in late-spring/early-summer.