Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) -- The University of South Florida (USF) is
ranked as the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the United States
for 2016-2017, according to new data released this week by the U.S. Department of
State and Institute of International Education. The top-producing
institutions were highlighted nationally this week by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
With an outstanding 12 faculty
members named as scholars, USF doubled its number from last year surpassing
other top research institutions, including the Ohio State University,
Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University
of Southern California and more.
students, faculty and programs has long been a strategic priority for the
University of South Florida System. This
commitment is reflected in our mission, faculty research, global engagement and
campus diversity,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Earning this important recognition as the
national leader in producing Fulbright Scholars is another example of USF’s
rapid growth and increasing trajectory as a top tier global research
Faculty who receive the highly
competitive, prestigious Fulbright awards travel abroad, bringing their
experiences back with them to the United States. These new perspectives are incorporated into
their curriculum and research, furthering the development of USF students as
As a global research
university dedicated to student success, USF has seen growth in the number of
students participating in study abroad programs. This helps all students gain
valuable international perspectives. Between
a combination of faculty expertise and diverse classrooms interspersed with the
nearly 5,000 international students at USF, students from all academic levels at
USF will develop cultural skills necessary for a professional career.
“Providing unfettered access
to the highest quality global education to all academically qualified students
has remained a top priority for the University of South Florida. With 40
percent of our undergraduates being Pell recipients and 30 percent the first in
their family to graduate from college, access to world-class faculty enriches
the academic experience in ways that cannot be measured,” said Provost and
Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox.
Through the Fulbright
program USF faculty were awarded grants to conduct research across the world in
a variety of disciplines, including Muma College of Business marketing
professor, Dr. James Stock, who was awarded
the prestigious Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Finland. Only forty-three
Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards worldwide were available for 2016-17, and
the awards are "viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the
Fulbright Scholar Program," according to the Fulbright program.
Dr. James Stock (left), marketing professor in the USF Muma College of Business, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Finland. He is pictured with Charles C. Adams, Jr., an Honorary Chair for the Fulbright Center Board of Directors and the former U.S. ambassador to Finland.
In the USF College of
Engineering, Dr. Babu Joseph was awarded a Fulbright to study renewable energy
in India, while Department of Integrative Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Christina
Richards is currently in France examining molecular mechanisms that contribute
to how organisms respond to the environment.
“When faculty travel and conduct research abroad via highly
competitive, prestigious Fulbright awards, they bring their experiences back
with them. Faculty return with new perspectives and global content to embed
into their curriculum thus furthering the development of students as global
citizens,” said Dr. Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President, USF World. “In
addition to research, the USF Fulbright awardees contribute to positive,
societal change through global research and partnerships that promote not only
the university, but also the Tampa Bay community and the state of Florida,
around the world.”
Since its inception in 1946,
the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for
their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to
exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international
concerns. In 2016-17, only 193 U.S. college and university faculty and
administrators were awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout
A complete list of USF’s
2016-17 Fulbright Scholars can be found