UMKC students awarded Fulbright U.S. Student grants

Grantees Will Study Abroad During 2013-2014 Academic Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three University of Missouri-Kansas City students were awarded Fulbright grants to study abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year. They are John Chittum, Nathan Hoffmann and Kate Tankel.

“We are very proud of our three Fulbright U. S. Student grantees and wish them well as they spend the upcoming academic year abroad,” said Linna Place, Ph.D., director of International Academic Programs at the university. “This is a great opportunity for our students to experience another culture and to fine-tune their research.”

Chittum, a doctoral student at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, will research “death metal” music and performers at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden’s largest college of music. His research in Stockholm will contribute to his doctoral dissertation.

Selected as an English teaching assistant, Hoffmann will teach English conversation and culture at the Université de Mons in southwestern Belgium, and he plans to have an active presence in the community during his stay. Hoffman is a 2013 graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in French and a bachelor’s in music, with a concentration in cello performance.

Tankel – who just completed bachelor degrees in Spanish and K-12 Spanish Education – also received an English teaching assistantship and will teach in Ecuador.

Funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. This competitive program requires applicants to undergo an extensive application process.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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