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For Third Year, Pomona College Leads Peers in Fulbright Fellowships, Tops Research Universities per Capita

For the third year in a row, Pomona College topped all liberal arts colleges in the total number of Fulbrights awarded to its graduating class, with the Class of 2009 receiving 15 of the prestigious awards. The totals were released in the Oct. 19, 2009, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and do not include the six Pomona graduates who received an award but declined and one later award.

Following Pomona in this year’s Fulbright awards were Smith College with 14, Pitzer College (12), and Kenyon College (11). Oberlin College, Swarthmore College and Vassar College followed with nine each.

Per capita, liberal arts colleges had a far greater success rate than the top five research institutions with the most recipients. Per 1,000 students, Pitzer received 12 Fulbright grants per capita, followed by Scripps (10.4) Pomona (9.7), Swarthmore (6.7) and Kenyon (6.7). Among research institutions, Northwestern University received the most Fulbright awards, 32 for 4.1 per 1,000 students; followed by the University of Chicago with 31 awards for 6.6; Brown University with 31 awards for 4.8, Stanford with 28 fellowships for 4.6, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with 28 fellowships for 1.1.

Pomona’s Class of 2009 recipients are conducting research in Japan; Reykjavik, Iceland; the Republic of Korea; Halle, Germany; Switzerland; Ecuador; Xi’an, China; Lima and the Peruvian Amazon; Spain; South Africa; South Korea; and Venezuela. Their research areas range from education, urban planning, socio-economic justice, and Japanese youth baseball to forestry and watershed management, computational modeling, avian seed dispersal and the molecular biology of snake venom.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.