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April 24, 2006
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EMU senior wins prestigious Fulbright teaching assistantship to Germany

YPSILANTI — For the third year in a row, an Eastern Michigan University student has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright teaching assistantship.

Jason Bishop, a senior from Plymouth, Mich., has won a fully-paid trip to Germany where he’ll spend ten months as an assistant English teacher for either elementary or high school students.  Bishop, 24, graduates from EMU April 30, with majors in German, linguistics and psychology.

“This is fantastic for our German program. In the three years that EMU has participated, we’ve had some really terrific students go through the program,” said Carla Damiano, assistant professor, foreign languages and bilingual studies. “I had the same Fulbright during my graduate year and it’s extremely competitive. We are really proud of Jason.”

Bishop will start his assistantship in early September with a weeklong orientation in Cologne. He then travels to Leipzig, in eastern Germany, where he will be assigned to a school. During his free time, he’ll also have the opportunity to conduct research in linguistics and attend classes at the University of Leipzig.

After he finishes teaching, Bishop plans on attending graduate school to specialize in linguistics.

“I really want to encourage others, especially those studying a foreign language, to apply for this scholarship,” said Bishop. “You don’t need a 4.0 GPA or go to Harvard to be a good candidate for a Fulbright. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and

plan to make the very best of my time in Germany.”

To qualify for a Fulbright, candidates must first compete in a series of interviews. After being chosen for the second round, Bishop then had to send the committee a personal statement and a short essay, both in German.

Two other EMU students have won Fulbrights.  They are: Joshua Gartner, who was awarded a Fulbright for 2004-05, and Adrienne Muncy, who won twice (2004-05 and 2005-06.)

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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