Rollins Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award

April 29, 2010

rachelRachel Newcomb, assistant professor of anthropology, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to study women's reproductive practices in Morocco during the 2010-11 academic year. Newcomb was one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals selected to travel abroad through the core Fulbright Scholar Program each year.

Her proposed research focuses on how Moroccan women’s great gains in the social sphere correspond with personal and societal expectations concerning motherhood and infertility.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

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