Dr. Anastasia Lin, assistant dean of student research and scholarship at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been accepted from a competitive, nationwide pool of applicants to take part in the 2016 Fulbright Program Adviser Development Initiative.
The Fulbright Program Adviser Initiative is a biannual event aimed at giving participants the tools they need to help assist students as they apply for nationally competitive scholarships.
The spring initiative focuses on the forthcoming Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition, and the fall initiative provides an in-depth forum for understanding the application selection process.
"UNG students make exceptional international ambassadors due to their rigorous training in leadership and global awareness," Lin said. "I'm elated to be a part of this program because it will help me better support our outstanding students as they apply to nationally competitive international programs like the Fulbright. As I’ve often said, this is the best job on campus, dreaming and working with our highest ability students."
Lin is familiar with the Fulbright scholarship program, as she received a Fulbright Student Research Scholarship to Taiwan in 2004-2005, where she subsequently spent the year researching Chinese language and culture at Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan.
In 2015, the first six UNG students submitted Fulbright applications, and two winners, Jacob Dietrich and Erika Evans, were selected out of 1,900 people in the nation. This year, two more UNG students, Jennifer Hightower and Cody Bijeaux, were selected as Fulbright Semi-Finalists. They will be notified in mid-April if they are selected as Fulbright recipients.
"This is a well-deserved achievement. I can’t think of a more deserving recognition for Dr. Lin's commitment to our students," said Andy Novobilski, associate provost for research and engagement at UNG.
Lin is also an associate professor of English, teaching multicultural literature, and oversees the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at UNG. Her previous administrative positions include serving as the assistant director of the Honors program on UNG's Gainesville Campus and in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership as the faculty fellow for service-learning.