Gloucester County student gets Fulbright award

Posted: April 02, 2013

A Richard Stockton College student from Westville has received a Fulbright award, a coveted honor that funds scholarship, research, and teaching, the school announced Monday.

Barbara Fisher, a 22-year-old physics major, is set to graduate in May and will teach English in the Czech Republic during the 2013-14 academic year, according to the college. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president of the college in Galloway, said he was not aware of any other Stockton student who had received the award.

Fisher wants to be a teacher and hopes to learn how Czech students have surpassed their American counterparts in fields such as chemistry, physics, and mathematics. "Is it the school structure? The culture? Or something deeper?" she said in a news release.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, awards about 1,800 grants annually and operates in more than 155 countries. It was founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946.

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