USF Honors Fulbright Scholars

The university held a celebration breakfast to highlight scholars and kick off International Education Week.


Heide Castaneda of USF’s Department of Anthropology presented her research during Friday’s breakfast. Photo: Aimee Blodgett | USF News


By Katy Hennig

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2012) - The University of South Florida is one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States and a celebration breakfast on campus honored their achievements Friday morning.


The breakfast kicks off International Education Week and highlights the contributions that the Fulbright program brings to USF.


Karen Holbrook, Senior Vice President for Global Affairs & International Research welcomed faculty, students and scholars, along with Betty Castor, former USF President and current member of the Fulbright Board. USF President Judy Genshaft discussed the importance of the knowledge exchange program on a global scale.


“My dream is that when students receive their notice for acceptance at the University of South Florida, they also receive an application for their passport, because I hope that every student that attends the USF system has an opportunity to travel overseas, internationally and have the experience of understanding different cultures and different countries,” said Genshaft.


Karen Holbrook pinning the Fulbright medal on Dr. Sandra Cadena, College of Nursing.

The Fulbright program provides opportunities to strengthen the global reach of faculty and students by offering a cross-cultural perspective. USF scholars represent the university on an international level as ambassadors and return with a wealth of experience that they can bring to the classroom.  


Fulbright faculty presentations included Dr. Heide Casteneda, from USF’s department of Anthropology, Fulbright Research Experience: Studying the Impact of European Union Membership on Roma Living in Germany. Casteneda, who is working on health care access for migrants, discussed the knowledge exchange and human rights.  “I’m looking forward to taking this Fulbright experience and sort of expanding into other areas and actually doing a lot more comparative work because I networked with a lot of people who do health policy both in the U.S. and in Germany on this intersection of immigration and health.”


Dr. John Petrila, from USF’s Department of Health Policy and Management, discussed his Fulbright experience; International Perspectives on Mental Health Law and Forensic Psychology from the Dutch Perspective. “Part of having a Fulbright is enjoying and immersing yourself in what’s around you,” Pertila said when describing living in Europe for six months.


Faculty and scholars from more than ten different countries were awarded Fulbright medals for their achievements.


Betty Castor praised the Fulbright scholar program, describing it as “the best educational exchange program.”