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Applied Linguistics' Fulbright Connection

Fulbright awards are among the most prestigious ones American students and faculty can receive. This year, six Portland State students were awarded Fulbrights for the coming academic year. Two of the awardees are from Applied Linguistics.

Sarah Taylor, who graduated last summer with a BA in Applied Linguistics and German, will be an English Teaching Assistant in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany while Sam McLain-Jespersen, who is currently enrolled in the MA TESOL program, will be teaching English at Moulay Ismail University in Errachidia, Morocco. Both are excited about the chance to live and work abroad in regions of the world where they already have some experience, and both hope to pursue PhDs after their return.

Additionally, next year's Nattinger Fellow, Jessica Hanson, is a former Fulbrighter in Graz, Austria. A 2007 graduate of Pacific Lutheran, where she majored in German and minored in Spanish and music, in the coming year, she'll be working with Dr. Susan Conrad and Darby Smith, of the department's Intensive English Language Program (IELP), to design corpus-based materials for a new IELP writing course. As she notes, "Ultimately, my primary goal is to find my niche within the field of applied linguistics...where I can best serve others and my community, whether this is my local community or the larger community of applied linguists or language teaching professionals." 

Help students like Jessica, Sarah and Sam discover their niches in applied linguistics and the larger world by supporting the Department of Applied Linguistics' Nattinger Fellowship Fund.

Visit the Applied Linguistics' website for more information about the department.