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Stony Brook University Graduate Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Andrea Nesteruk

STONY BROOK, NY, September 26, 2011 – Andréa Nesteruk has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship for English Teaching Assistantship in Italy, announced the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She is one of approximately 1,600 U.S. citizens, and the only one from Stony Brook University, who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Stony Brook University Office of International Academic Programs & Services was instrumental in advising Andréa throughout the application process, and submitting her campus committee evaluations and application for consideration to the Institute of International Education, the body that administers international scholarships and grants.

Nesteruk will be co-teaching high school level English courses with Italian educators in Rome and L’Aquila, Italy. In an effort to broaden her Italian students’ understanding of the American way of life, she will provide lectures and presentations about American culture and society and encourage students to use English creatively through various activities and projects. Additionally, her project proposal is to start an afterschool student book club where she will read and discuss books written in English.

“Andréa’s love for teaching and the Italian culture fit perfectly with the Fulbright mission of fostering cross-cultural understanding,” said Dr. William Arens, Dean of International Academic Programs & Services at Stony Brook University. “This is a tremendous opportunity for her and she is truly deserving of this honor. She will undoubtedly reach many students during her time abroad.”

Andréa graduated summa cum laude from Stony Brook University in May 2010 with a BA in Italian Studies and an MA in Teaching. She is also the recipient of the De Luca Award given to the outstanding graduating senior in Italian Studies. This past school year, she taught Italian to sixth graders in the Half Hollow Hills School District. You can follow her journey on her blog, www.romerica.blogspot.com, as she documents her experiences in Italy with hopes of deepening both her and her readers’ understanding of the Italian culture.

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. Fulbright grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni have received the Nobel Prize and 75 have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Please click here for more information about Fulbright scholarships and study abroad and exchange programs.