Two University of Scranton Students Earn Fulbright Awards

05/21/2015

The two University of Scranton students were awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. From left are, Brian Entler, who was awarded a Fulbright Academic Award to Australia; Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/finance at the University; and Benjamin Turcea, who was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mongolia.

The University of Scranton’s long tradition of success with students earning prestigious Fulbright scholarships continues with two members of its Class of 2015 earning this honor. Since 1972, a total of 150 Scranton students have been awarded grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education, including Fulbrights.

Two students awarded the highly coveted international educational exchange grants bestowed by the U.S. government are Benjamin Turcea, who will graduate this month with a bachelor of science degree in international studies and philosophy as a member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, and Brian Entler, a 2013 Scranton graduate with a bachelor of science in neuroscience and biology and member of the University’s Honors Program, who will earn his master’s in biochemistry from the University this month.

“The Fulbright program offers scholars an exceptional, yearlong opportunity for study and research abroad,” said Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/finance. “We are pleased to continue The University of Scranton’s remarkable tradition of achieving Fulbright tradition.”

The University has been recognized among the nation’s top producers of U.S. Fulbright students for 10 consecutive years in lists published annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Turcea, Baltimore, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mongolia, where he will research at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences in Ulaanbaatar. Entler, Scranton, was awarded a Fulbright Academic Award to Australia. He will conduct research at Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as with collaborators at the Australian National University in Canberra.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, administered by the Institute of International Education, awards grants to students pursuing positions as English-teaching assistants and graduate researchers in more than 140 countries.

Additional information about each Fulbright recipient can be found by clicking on the student’s name above.


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