Ten Georgetown students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships thus far in this year’s selection process.

The recipients, who include seven seniors and three graduate students or recent alumni, will use their scholarships to study in eight countries on four continents, from sites in Jordan and Malaysia to Brazil and Kosovo.

The Fulbright Program, which is run through the U.S. State Department, awards about 7,500 grants each year to recognize academic merit and leadership potential as well as to fund research initiatives.

Scholarship announcements will continue through the end of June.

The Fulbright Program comprises multiple grant categories based on applicants’ goals and interests. The core program enables applicants to pursue either a full-time research program abroad or teach while conducting side research projects. Additional scholarships allow winners to teach abroad or enable foreign students to study in the United States.

Last year, Georgetown nabbed a record 22 Fulbrights, placing it among the top producers of award winners in the nation. Thirteen of the 22 had been announced by April 25.

Stephen Szypulski (SFS ’12), who will study in Poland, decided to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program after studying abroad in Warsaw during the spring of his junior year.

His research proposal will allow him to study the evolution of the Catholic Church in Poland and its response to 21st-century issues.

“My undergraduate career has mostly focused on Eastern Europe, Poland, Russia and Ukraine,” Szypulski said. “This program is a good way to use my languages, Polish and Russian, in a region and culture I’m very interested in.”

Alexandra Dudziuk (SFS ’12), who studied abroad with Szypulski at the Warsaw School of Economics, has been accepted to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. Dudziuk, who will be teaching in Poland, expects the Fulbright Program to offer her a different perspective on living abroad.

“Study abroad is one experience, but I’m looking forward to study abroad being something completely different, because I won’t be with a full group of Americans,” she said.

Cecily Raynor (GRD ’12), who was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study contemporary Brazilian literature at the University of Brasilia, believes the funding and extra time is necessary for dissertation research and projects.

“Do research on the country you want to go to and all the universities in that country, and find somewhere really dependable that will offer support,” she said as advice to future applicants.

Other recipients so far include Johanna Caldwell (SFS ’12), Derek Dangerfield (COL ’12), Dudziuk, Shirley Lung (GRD ’12), Laura Molloy (COL ’11), Elizabeth Saam (SFS ’12), Sarah Stodder (COL ’12), Szypulski and Alyssa Warren (SFS ’12).

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