Baruch top producer of Fulbright winners


Baruch College News Center

Vincent Perretti

Baruch College was named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students and scholars for 2022 to 2023.

The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international academic exchange program that sends winners to various countries to pursue academic and social research.

According to its mission statement, the program aims to “increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

The Baruch Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships Advising guides students through any fellowship’s steps. Starr Career Development Center, Sponsored Programs and Research and Student Academic Consulting Center also strive to assist students in their academic and career aspirations.

Baruch President S. David Wu celebrated the designation in a statement.

“As one of the top academic institutions in the heart of New York City, Baruch College is proud of the impactful scholarship of our faculty and outstanding achievements of our students,” Wu said.  “This prestigious designation as a dual Fulbright top producer proves Baruch’s success in attracting world-class faculty who are not only distinguished in their fields, but committed to providing a transformative education for students from every corner of New York, the nation, and the world.”

Five Baruch scholars have been chosen for Fulbright awards; two are faculty members and three are students.

Allison Griffiths and Martin Nguyen are distinguished professors at Baruch who plan to study abroad to conduct research.

Griffiths will visit the National Library of Norway in Oslo, working alongside indigenous Sámi people. She will examine amateur films and attempt to reconnect them to the Sámi community.

“I am proud to share this honor with Baruch College,” Griffiths told Baruch College Press. “The College’s continued support of my scholarship has helped me make this award possible.”

Nguyen, an Associate Professor in the Department of History, decided to go to Vietnam.

Tiannis Coffie, Juan Garcia and Annaliese Bronz are the three students selected for the program.

Coffie earned a BA in Corporate Communication from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. She won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award and will head to Brazil to help students gain confidence in their English-speaking skills.

“It was surreal to learn I won,” Coffie said in a statement. “After months of anxiously waiting, it was an immense relief to know the wait was over and that I succeeded this time.”

Garcia graduated with a BBA in Marketing from the Zicklin School of Business and plans on completing a photo documentary on members of indigenous communities from the Amazon rainforest.

“My goal for the photographic essay is to show how important indigenous communities are for the conservation of the Amazon,” Garcia said. “I hope this project will then convey how important it is to support the people that live there.”

Annaliese Bronz won the Fulbright/UCL Entrepreneurship Award and will head to the United Kingdom.

Garcia and Coffie stated the Office of National and Prestigious Fellowship Advising and deputy director Valeria Hymas assisted them throughout the process.