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History Major Iris Owens Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Germany


OSU History major Iris Owens has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Germany for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This prestigious program places recent American graduates in schools around the world to act as ambassadors for the United States, while improving foreign students’ English language abilities and teaching about American culture.

Owens, a graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will graduate from OSU in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and German, and will leave for Germany in September. Throughout her time at OSU, she received invaluable guidance and support from the German and History departments.

“Teaching English in Germany has been a dream of mine since studying German in high school. I am absolutely thrilled to have received this award.   I cannot wait to get settled in at my school or schools in Germany and connect with my students.”

While at OSU, Owens also received the competitive Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship for a semester study abroad program in Graz, Austria and helped produce the first episodes of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program’s podcast, Amplified Oklahoma. Along with her graduation in May, she will also be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by\ Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.