Fulbright names CMC ‘Top Producing Institution’

Claremont McKenna College has been named a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Students for 2019-2020.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, with The Chronicle of Higher Education publishing the list of awardees.

CMC’s Fulbright graduates are abroad as follows:

Danielle Dominguez ‘19 English Teaching Assistant Cyprus
Timothy Gallagher ’19 Research – Chemistry Germany
Blake Lapin ‘19 English Teaching Assistant Indonesia
Madeline Lee ‘19 Research – Environmental Studies Mongolia
Roxane Sazegar ’19 Research – Agriculture Oman
Jacqueline Siegler ’19 English Teaching Assistant Peru

CMC has consistently been among colleges and universities with the most students accepted to the prestigious program, said Brian Davidson ’08, director of fellowships advising, who works with students pursuing grants.

“Claremont McKenna has been named a top producing college for student Fulbrights in nine of the past 11 years,” Davidson said. “This is recognition of how engaged CMCers are with the world at large. By building research and teaching projects that expand upon what they are learning in the classroom and through extracurricular activities, CMC students have been making a global mark for years now.”

With Fulbright Student grants, recently graduated CMC students will engage in academic research, teach English, and participate in a variety of academic activities abroad.

This year, six recent graduates from CMC were awarded Fulbrights, including Danielle Dominguez ’19, Timothy Gallagher ’19, Blake Lapin ’19, Madeline Lee ’19, Roxane Sazegar ’19, and Jacqueline Siegler ’19. They received the Fulbrights for diverse projects including a study of selective asymmetric hydrogenation of heteroarenes in Germany that may be able to streamline the production of certain anti-cancer drugs, an analysis of water efficiency in arid agricultural regions in Oman, and an investigation into the potential for large-scale renewable energy use in Mongolia.

“The original idea of CMC was to prepare our students for their ‘future world of affairs,’” said CMC President Hiram Chodosh. “The Fulbright program is a powerful extension of that idea, and we are proud of our partnership and this outstanding recognition of our students and faculty.”

—Gilien Silsby