April 26, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University senior Emily Ostrom has been selected to receive a Fulbright teaching grant.

Ostrom will graduate from Bucknell May 23 with a bachelor of arts degree in German and English.

While at Bucknell, Ostrom has been named to the dean's list and served as a Reunion ambassador. She studied in Germany during her junior year and will return to Germany after graduation to conduct a project investigating the benefits of placing an emphasis on reading in foreign language learning.

Ostrom's mentor for the research is Helen Morris-Keitel, associate professor of German at Bucknell, who says, "At a time when international and cross-cultural understanding is imperative, Emily will be helping young Germans to see beyond the stereotypical images of Americans prevalent in mass media.

"In addition, her research project will help her gain useful insights into the similarities and differences between learning one's first (own) language and a second language.

"As an English and German double major who also is getting teaching certification, Emily is uniquely qualified to succeed in this Fulbright program," she said.

Since 1992, 16 other Bucknell students have received Fulbright awards. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

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