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UNI student receives Fulbright award

August 15, 2014

Jessica Moon, director, Honors Program, 319-273-3175,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Molly Rome, a University of Northern Iowa senior majoring in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)/Spanish, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Argentina for an English Teaching Assistantship.

Rome says that her professors at UNI have been exemplary role models who promote the true essence of TESOL."Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is all about building cross-cultural bridges, cultivating mutual respect, and promoting empathy and collaboration."

Rome says her professor Tammy Gregersen, associate professor of languages and literatures, first told her about the U.S. Student Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Argentina. Rome knew it would be an incredible opportunity to pursue her passion for TESOL as well as global and lifelong learning.

"The invaluable guidance offered by Dr. Tammy Gregersen, Dr. Ardith Meier and Dr. Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat throughout my application process, along with the collaboration and support I felt from my TESOL peers are two reasons why I am so grateful to have been a part of the languages and literatures department at UNI," said Rome. "This award and opportunity in Argentina is not only a great honor for me, but I believe it is also a direct result of the exceptional training, mentorship and support that I have received from my Spanish and TESOL professors during my undergraduate experience."

Rome is one of more than 1,800 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-15 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

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