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Recent sport management graduate one of eight Fulbright winners

Kristin Garland.jpgThe University of Minnesota announced its Fulbright recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year, which include four undergraduate and four graduate students. In an award announced earlier this spring, Kristin Garland, who recently received a master's degree in sport management, was named 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Working directly with the Olympiatoppen, an organization responsible for training elite Norwegian athletes, Garland will examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams. She will focus on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 300,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, and cultural institutions; exchange ideas; and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as on demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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