April 11, 2017
Susquehanna University senior history major Rachel Baer has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2017-18 academic year. The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board made the award.
Baer, of Shermans Dale, Pa., will travel to Germany to participate in Fulbright's English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, which places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. She will help teach English to students there and improve their knowledge of the United States while also increasing her own German language skills and familiarity with her host country.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. Baer is the eighth Susquehanna student or recent graduate to win a Fulbright in the past four years.
"Rachel is an excellent student who has a love of learning and a desire to make a difference in the world," said Karen Mura, associate professor of English and faculty coordinator for postgraduate advising. "I am so pleased that the Fulbright committee also recognized these qualities in her and that she's been given this exciting opportunity."
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. The program currently operates in more than 140 countries.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by Congress to the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.