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May 16, 2005

Grad Student Wins Fulbright Fellowship

A University of Guelph political science graduate student has won a prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. David Hornsby will spend next year at Tufts University in Boston studying trade and the environment.

“This is an important accolade for Guelph,” said president Alastair Summerlee. “It speaks highly of the calibre of the students we produce. I am absolutely delighted for David and for the University. He clearly deserves the award. He has worked very hard and will be an outstanding ambassador for Canada in the program.”

The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Since the program was established in 1946, more than 250,000 people chosen for academic merit and leadership potential have studied and taught in partner countries. Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of states, scientists and professors, and CEOs. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is nearly 15 years old and has graduated about 700 students and scholars.

“I’m honoured and humbled to be a Fulbright Fellow,” said Hornsby, a longtime student leader at Guelph. “I see the Fulbright Fellowship as promoting deep connections between countries.”

Hornsby will study with William Moomaw, a professor in international environmental policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and director of the Global Environment and Development Institute in Medford, Mass. Hornsby will also work with trade and environmental experts at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to access people who will help me in achieving my research goals,” he said. Hornsby is researching the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Canada-U.S trade relations and how to use risk management to encourage sustainable trading practices in both countries. He also studies the Kyoto Protocol and the World Trade Organization.

At U of G, Hornsby served on the executives of the Central Student Association and the Graduate Students’ Association, the Board of Governors, and Senate. He was a member of U of G’s Presidential Task Force on Accessibility to University Education and serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education. In 2000, he became the youngest intern ever appointed to the Canadian Embassy program in Washington, DC. In 1999, he had been the youngest intern appointed to the office of Ontario’s lieutenant-governor.

Among his earlier awards, Hornsby received a $17,500 grant this year from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Walter Vaughan Medal for contributions to student life and Senate.

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