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Le Moyne Student Awarded Fulbright Grant

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Katherine Conroy, a senior at Le Moyne, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to teach and conduct research in Argentina for a year.

The Fulbright ETA program places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in overseas schools, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. Fulbright ETA’s are also encouraged to pursue individual study research plans in a specific area of interest in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Conroy will graduate in May from Le Moyne College as a triple major with degrees in political science, Spanish, and peace and global studies. She recently successfully defended her integral honors thesis on consumer psychology and the prevalence of weight loss supplement usage by students, faculty, and staff at Le Moyne. As a personal trainer, Conroy is committed to understanding the issues surrounding the use of such supplements and hopes to continue her research when she is in Argentina. She has also been awarded the Bishop Thomas J. Costello, D.P. Medal for excellence in peace and global studies and public service and is a member of Phi Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Societies.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 286,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

posted on: 5/15/2008