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May 17, 2018

IPFW Senior Wins Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Purdue University Fort Wayne is pleased to announce that one of its IPFW graduating seniors has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2018–19 academic year. Kyler Hudson, majoring in political science and history, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to Canada.

The Fulbright Study/Research Grant that Hudson won will allow him to conduct independent research on the urban-rural divide in Canada’s western provinces while also earning an M.A. in political science at the University of Saskatchewan. He has also been admitted with full funding to IU’s Ph.D. program in political science, which he plans to pursue after a one-year deferral for the Fulbright.

Hudson is from Harlan, Ind., and graduated from Leo Jr./Sr. High School. His interests include rural communities, small towns, rural politics, and political polarization.

“I am excited to embark on this journey into academia,” says Kyler Hudson. “The faculty in the political science department have provided me with the analytical skills necessary to carry out this important research. The training I received in quantitative and communicative methods will help me in my work to better understand the relationships between geography, political attitudes, and electoral outcomes.”

Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. A Fulbright student spends an academic year abroad, all expenses paid, to conduct independent research, teach English, or study in any of more than 160 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as on their records of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“Kyler is an outstanding student who will have a great Fulbright year,” says Professor James Toole, director of the university’s office of major scholarship advising. “One thing that is so interesting about the research he’ll do in Saskatchewan is how closely it mirrors dynamics that we see in United State politics. By helping us to better understand rural-urban divides in Western Canadian politics, his research should help us to better appreciate some of the divisions that have emerged in our own politics. And because he has already done some good work on this subject, he’s already well prepared to dive deeply into his research once he arrives in Canada. We couldn’t be prouder of Kyler, and we look forward to all that he will learn and accomplish as a Fulbrighter.”

In the past four years, five other IPFW students have won top-level national scholarships. Chayenne Polimedio, a 2014 political science graduate, won a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship, which has a 4% acceptance rate. Micah Rapp, a 2015 biology graduate, won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, viewed by many as the most prestigious national undergraduate scholarship in math, the natural sciences, and engineering. Alex Allison, a 2015 history graduate, won a 2016–17 Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Colombia. Nathaniel Brophy, a 2017 political science graduate won a 2017–18 Fulbright Scholarship to research political parties in Romania. Cody Fuelling, a 2017 history and political science graduate, won a 2017–18 Fulbright Scholarship to study genocide education in Luxembourg.

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