Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton in top 10 for Fulbrights

For the 10th consecutive year, Wheaton College has earned a top ranking among the nation’s liberal arts colleges for its success in preparing students to win U.S. Fulbright awards for advanced study and work abroad.

Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-15Wheaton’s 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars include:

  • Nicholas Cicchinelli ’14 (Moldova)
  • Jennifer Irving ’14 (Malaysia)
  • Bailey McWilliams ’14 (Panama)
  • Alexis Nieves ’14 (Brazil)
  • Montana Rogers ’14 (Bulgaria)
  • Matthew Sexton ’14 (Poland)
  • Savannah Tenney ’14 (Taiwan)
  • Ashley Wich ’14 (Greece)

The U.S. Department of State in February announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2014–2015 U.S. Fulbright students. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The success of the top-producing institutions is highlighted in a February 12 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wheaton’s nine 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars placed it in a tie with four other institutions (Hamilton, Lewis & Clark, Grinnell and College of the Holy Cross), producing the seventh-most number of scholars among liberal arts schools. The college ranked sixth overall in the percentage of Fulbright nominees who win the award, with a 35 percent success rate. The average success rate among top Fulbright-producing colleges is 25 percent.

“Wheaton’s success in preparing students for study and teaching as Fulbright Scholars is great news for our students who win the award, but it also reflects the quality of the educational opportunities we provide to all students,” President Dennis M. Hanno said.

“Six months after graduation, ninety-eight percent of the Class of 2014 have found jobs, begun graduate school, or are involved in volunteer work and fellowships such as the Fulbright,” Hanno said.

Wheaton’s 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholars are conducting research, studying, and teaching English in locations from Europe to Southeast Asia. The scholars include Nicholas Cicchinelli ’14 (Moldova), Jennifer Irving ’14 (Malaysia), Bailey McWilliams ’14 (Panama), Alexis Nieves ’14 (Brazil), Montana Rogers ’14 (Bulgaria), Matthew Sexton ’14 (Poland), Savannah Tenney ’14 (Taiwan) and Ashley Wich ’14 (Greece).

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Semester in Budapest

Juniors accepted to prestigious math, computer science programs

Wheaton juniors Lithia Helmreich ’16 and Jacob “Jake” Horowitz ’16 spent their spring semester in Budapest, Hungary, enrolled in two highly competitive programs in computer science and mathematics. [Read more...]

Roosevelt Institute wins awards

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

It’s almost as if the Wheaton College chapter of the Roosevelt Institute won two grants.

The chapter’s national organization, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, awarded the Wheaton group a Community Building Grant to fund activities that connect the campus and promote its visibility.

The Wheaton group’s award was followed almost immediately by news that the national organization is one of nine nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The $750,000 award provides funding to invest in the network’s long-term sustainability. [Read more...]

Extraterrestrial faults

Analyzing plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Professor Geoffrey Collins

Professor Geoffrey Collins

A team composed of Wheaton students and a professor has received funding to continue the investigation into whether the surface of one of Jupiter’s moons is being shaped by plate tectonic activity, like Earth.

Physics professor Geoffrey Collins is part of a team that recently won a grant from NASA to revisit old data in light of the new theory. The award provides more than $132,000 to Wheaton for Professor Collins and students to look more closely at the evidence of possible plate tectonic activity on Europa. The grant funding allows Collins to devote more time to the research project and hire student research assistants, and for the Wheaton research team to present their work at conferences.

Planetary geologists Simon Kattenhorn, of the University of Idaho, Moscow, and Louise Prockter, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., pointed out evidence for plate tectonics on Europa last fall in an article published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Plate tectonics is the scientific theory that Earth’s outer layer is made up of plates or blocks that move, geological activity that leads to the formation of mountains and volcanoes and sets off earthquakes. The new observations on Europa provide the first solid evidence that this geologic process may also occur beyond Earth. [Read more...]