Public Affairs

Making a Global Impact

Dec. 6, 2011
By Elizabeth Chapin

This year, the announcement of 30 Fulbright awardees and the system's first official Rhodes Scholar is proof that the CSU is producing some of the world's most prestigious scholars.

Stephanie BrysonCal State Long Beach grad Stephanie Bryson received one of only 32 Rhodes Scholarships awarded throughout the United States. The scholarships are the oldest and most prestigious international fellowship awards in the world and grant full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in England. Upon receiving the scholarship, Bryson became the first official Rhodes Scholar in the CSU system. Read more about her story here.

In addition, 14 recent graduates from East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Humboldt, San Diego and San Francisco received esteemed Fulbright U.S. student awards. With nine coming from San Diego State, the campus was recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s top Fulbright producing research institutions, ranking 37th in the nation and tying for third among California colleges and universities.

A number of Fulbright faculty scholars also hail from the CSU. This year, 16 faculty members from 10 campuses were awarded with Fulbrights—with Cal State L.A., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Fullerton, and San José State recognized as top producers.

The Fulbright program is the government’s largest international exchange program, designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries. Students, scholars, and professionals granted Fulbrights undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide, in more than 155 countries. Their foreign counterparts engage in similar activities in the U.S., many of which are hosted by CSUs.