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Honors College Hosts Fulbright Fellow

Fulbright Fellow Tiffany D. Joseph Speaks to Honors Students
Honors College Hosts Fulbright Fellow

Tiffany D. Joseph (center) shown with her Brazilian friends. Image Credit: http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries/western-hemisphere/brazil/joseph.html

Along with the Office of Study Abroad, the Honors College recently welcomed Fulbright Fellow and Ford Predoctoral Fellow Tiffany D. Joseph, who spoke on the Fulbright Scholarship Program to a group of Honors College students.

 Joseph, a sociological doctoral candidate with a graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan, has won numerous awards and grants over the years to continue her research on race and immigration. 

The Tennessee native is an alumni ambassador for the Fulbright Program.  She spoke to Honors students about how her Fulbright grant enabled her to travel to Governador Valdares, Brazil and complete her dissertation. 

For more than 60 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government’s flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has given nearly 300,000 participants the chance to study, teach, and conduct research abroad.  About 7,500 students — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — are awarded grants every year. The next Fulbright application round starts in May.

“It’s always incredibly beneficial to the students to hear from someone who has not only achieved the scholarship but has also gone on the experience that the scholarship funds,” said Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms, former Rhodes Scholar and Director of Fellowship Advising at the Honors College.  “The presentation was very informative and encouraging; she gave helpful tips on winning the scholarship and also on the experience itself, like how to prepare for culture shock.”

Dr. Arms said that the Fulbright is a scholarship that more LSU students should consider applying for.

“It’s a scholarship that our students aren’t embracing quite as readily as they should, possibly because they’re afraid of the research component and the amount of planning ahead required,” she said. “But Honors seniors have the research experience necessary to be able to handle themselves abroad … Hopefully, the presentation made it seem more attainable.”