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Susquehanna Student Wins Pair of Prestigious Awards

Published on May 9, 2014

Susquehanna University's Andrew Budsock was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and a CBYX placement.Andrew Budsock, a member of Susquehanna University’s class of 2014 from Nazareth, Pa., was recently honored with two prestigious awards—a Fulbright scholarship for 2014–15 and a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) appointment. While he is grateful for the Fulbright award, he has chosen to work instead in a lab in Germany as part of CBYX before pursuing graduate school at Columbia University.

Budsock is one of five Fulbright winners this academic year for Susquehanna and one of eight in the last two years. Susquehanna boasts the third-best placement rate for Fulbright awards for 2013 among liberal arts institutions in Pennsylvania and has a dedicated program in place to identify and nurture potential applicants. A double major in ecology and German, he was awarded placement in the Fulbright program as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany. During his junior year, he lived and studied in Freiberg, a city on the doorstep of the Black Forest, as part of the university’s Global Opportunities (GO) program, where he learned a lot about sustainability.

“Freiberg was ecologically beautiful and there was lots of innovation in sustainability, ecological design and engineering,” Budsock said. “It was a really inspiring place to be as a young scientist who is interested in ecology and environmentalism. To get the cultural immersion aspect of that and learn about these things in German gives you a new perspective.”

The opportunity to continue in a scientific capacity while still going overseas was one Budsock couldn’t pass up. He’ll be returning to work with Technische Universität München (TUM) in a program specializing in forest management. He also looks forward to learning more about German culture, which places a premium on recycling.

“It feels good to get the validation after lots of hard work. The application process is riveting and definitely requires a lot of work,” Budsock said of the Fulbright, but added, “I’m a science major so if I had the opportunity to get an internship and work in a lab, I think I have do that over the Fulbright.”

CBYX is a fellowship funded by Germany’s Bundestag and the United States Congress that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others' countries, studying, interning and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The program is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of cultural exchange.

The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and currently operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.


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