Appalachian’s 2017 Fulbright awards

Two faculty, one alumna and one graduating senior from Appalachian State University have received awards from the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and those of other countries.

“We are extremely proud of the faculty and young scholars receiving Fulbright awards this year,” Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said. “Global learning and sustainability are two of our university’s strategic initiatives central to the academic mission. The research the professors are conducting – one in Ghana and the other in Malaysia – has broad implications for sustainability in those countries and beyond. Our students’ experiences abroad as teachers and researchers will make them better global thinkers and frame their local actions for a lifetime."

Dr. Susan Lappan in the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Anatoli Ignatov in the Department of Sustainable Development received Fulbright Scholar awards to Malaysia and Ghana, respectively. Receiving prestigious scholarship awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for opportunities in Europe were Ryan Hellenbrand ’17 and Megan Holt-Smith ’15 ’16.

Dr. Susan Lappan has been researching the siamang and their ecosystems since 2000. A Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2017-18 academic year will support a new research project in Malaysia.

Dr. Anatoli Ignatov receives a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Award to study land ownership and management in Ghana.

Hellenbrand will conduct research and support the teaching of English in Austria, while Megan Holt-Smith will support the teaching of English in Germany.