Jacqueline Doremus, a PhD student in economics, and Dorothy Heebner,AB ’11econ, have received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for the 2011-2012 academic year. Jacqueline is in the Republic of Congo conducting research regarding the implications of independent forest monitoring, and Dorothy is in Taiwan teaching English.

Fulbright student grants are awarded to about 1,700 students each year on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. It offers grants in nearly all fields and disciplines and operates in more than 135 countries worldwide. These grants make it possible for students to do research, study or teach English for six to 12 months.

University of Michigan students have been awarded 29 Fulbright grants for the current academic year, topping the list of U.S. institutions for the fifth time in the past seven years. Ranking behind U-M this year was Northwestern University with 27 recipients, Yale University with 26 and the University of Chicago with 25.