More Fulbright scholars per capita than Harvard or Yale.
New College of Florida is consistently named a top producer of Fulbright scholars with one of the highest numbers of annual Fulbright awards per capita among all colleges and universities. In fact, more than 70 students have traveled to 33 countries on six continents since our founding in 1960, with more than 33 grants in the last five years.
New College has a dedicated team of faculty and staff who guide students throughout the application process. One of the keys to our students’ success is our curriculum’s emphasis on close student-faculty interaction, independent research and what students can accomplish before applying for a Fulbright. For example:
Fulbright to Sweden to study resettled Iraqi refugees — As the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service family, Silvia Ulloa spent her childhood in four countries. The family lived in Saudi Arabia when the second Iraq War began and had to be evacuated twice. During her New College work in anthropology and gender studies, she traveled to Jordan to work with agencies that assist Iraqi refugees. (2013-14)
Fulbright for history and music research at the University of Heidelberg in Germany — At New College, Amelia Nordin was teaching assistant in music theory, a pianist and accompanist, composed two pieces performed in concert series, and interned with Sarasota Opera. Her studies have been in a field known as musicology, in which disciplines such as history, philosophy, psychology and even mathematics are used to analyze music. (2013-14)
Fulbright for cancer research in Germany — At New College, Christopher Mulholland focused his work in biology with several independent study projects on epigenetics and molecular biology. He conducted his senior thesis research work at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., where he took on the challenge of identifying regions of DNA methylation within single cancer cells in culture. (2012-13)
Fulbright to study giraffe populations in Namibia — Katharine Dean volunteered at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in nearby Myakka City where she learned about animal behavior and husbandry. She later volunteered as a research assistant at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa and extended her stay to collect data for her senior thesis on “The Effects of Feeding Behavior on Parasitic Infections in Wild Vervet Monkeys.” (2011-12)
Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan — In her second year at New College, Jennifer Lieb was one of only 50 women worldwide to be accepted to attend an international conference in Dubai focused on promoting cultural and academic exchange. While conducting research for her senior thesis in the Philippines, she tutored a 13-year-old boy in English grammar and geometry, where she honed teaching skills, and he completed his first three-page book report entirely in English. (2011-12)
Fulbright to study black birds’ sleep patterns in Germany — In his first year at New College, Ryan Tisdale and a group of students drove across ice sheets in northern Finland above the Arctic Circle to photograph the aurora borealis and evidence of climate change. The next year, he took an intensive one-month German language course in Ulm, Germany, during the January Interterm and again in summer. His experience conducting field research on the roles wildfires play in driving plant successional patterns in Alaskan boreal forests crystallized his desire to become an international research biologist. (2011-12)