Professor helps select Fulbright scholars

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 10, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Faith Warner, anthropology professor at Bloomsburg University, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee.

Warner received a Fulbright award in 1995 to conduct research with the Guatemalan Maya peoples in United Nations-sponsored Mexican refugee camps. She spent 22 months conducting field work, and she credits the Fulbright award, which paid for half of her research experience, with enabling her to finish her doctoral dissertation.

The screening committee reviews and rates approximately 60 to 75 applications from students wishing to pursue study, research or professional training abroad under the Fulbright-Hays Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Warner will help to select students for Fulbright awards to conduct research in Mexico.

“The process is very selective,” Warner said, “and is based on a detailed application, academic record, quality of the research proposal, and fluency in the native language.”

A Bloomsburg University faculty member since 1997, Warner earned a bachelor’s degree from BU and master’s and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. Her honors include the Charles R. Jenkins Award for distinguished achievement from Lambda Alpha, the national collegiate honors society in anthropology, and the Roscoe Martin Award for dissertation research from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Adviser to BU’s chapter of Lambda Alpha Student Club, the anthropology honors society, Warner recently contributed chapters to the edited volume, “Disasters in the Field: Preparing and Coping with Unexpected Events in Field Research.”

“Being named a Fulbright scholar positively impacts a student’s confidence and provides financial aid. It changes your perception of yourself and affirms the quality of the work you are pursuing,” Warner said. “As a graduate student, it was an affirmation of my work as a scholar and my greatest encouragement.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.