Las Cruces – Two New Mexico State University graduates are set to embark on an international adventure after being awarded Fulbright Scholarships for research and travel this coming school year.
Last spring, Owen Cortner received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture with a major in soil science. His interests include international development in Africa and East Asia, and he will be teaching English and working on community projects in Malaysia under his Fulbright Scholarship. Last year, Cortner traveled to Rwanda courtesy of an award from the World Agroforestry Centre. In 2008, Cortner attended an international conference in China as a delegate on the NMSU Model United Nations team. A graduate of Socorro High School in New Mexico, Cortner also has worked extensively in the Aggies Go Global program.
Dana Kroos completed a Master of Fine Arts in fiction at NMSU in 2008. She taught English at the university, as well as creative writing, English and ceramics at Alma d'Arte Charter Arts High School in Las Cruces. With her Fulbright Scholarship, Kroos will travel to Canada to complete research for a novel she is writing that is set in the fishing villages of Nova Scotia. Kroos also holds an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and frequently works on projects that cross the boundaries between visual and literary art. In 2009, she received a LOLA Alberto Moravia Prize for Literature.
Kroos and Cortner will attend in-country orientations this fall before starting their teaching and research.
Information on the campus application process for the Fulbright Scholarship can be found at scholars.nmsu.edu. Seniors with international interests in all fields are encouraged to apply. Applications for 2012-2013 will be due early in the fall semester. For more information, call 575-646-2051.