Stacye Fraser Thompson, an Educational Studies for Diverse Populations Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education, has recently been selected to receive the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) award for Germany in November 2021.

stacye fraser thompsonFraser Thompson will spend two weeks in Germany using her decades-long experience working in international education and the vital skills from her studies within the School of Education to research and learn more about the German education system, immigrant and refugee services, and study abroad opportunities.

“I have worked in international education for over 25 years,” said Fraser Thompson. “While working towards my Ph.D. in Educational Studies for Diverse Populations, I have been focusing my research on community college internationalization. Specifically on issues regarding accessibility for immigrants. It became a passion of mine to create spaces for equitable educational opportunities, and the UAB School of Education is helping me refine my voice and advocacy for these types of issues.”

Receiving a Fulbright award is one of the most prestigious titles for scholars and students looking to understand educational systems better globally. The Fulbright IEA program offers its recipients' immersive opportunities to expand their studies and develop meaningful and impactful relationships with like-minded individuals through extensive networking opportunities.

“As an international educator, one of the most respected programs in the field is the Fulbright program,” said Fraser Thompson. “I have always admired the goals of the program for its impactful educational exchange, diplomacy, and creating academic dialogue across borders. Being a 'Fulbrighter' will give me an avenue to continue pursuing my passion for advocating for international students."

The International Education Administrators (IEA) awards are seminars designed to help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries. Selected applicants learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of both U.S. and international colleagues throughout an intensive two-week grant duration.

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