April 19, 2011
By Chris Dell
DALLAS (SMU) — SMU senior and President’s Scholar Jordan Johansen has received an internationally respected 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellowship, which will allow her to work as an English teaching assistant and study Greek at Cypriot University on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus next year.
At SMU, the DeSoto, Texas, native is pursuing majors in anthropology, history and music, and a minor in human rights. She is president of SMU’s chapter of Amnesty International and has earned numerous awards for academic achievement and community service.
Johansen is one of an estimated 1,600 students out of more than 9,000 applicants to be honored with the Fulbright grant, which is made possible by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.
Fulbright grants allow U.S. and foreign students to travel and work abroad, promoting cultural awareness while achieving educational and vocational advancement. Upon returning to the U.S., Johansen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology and become a professor.
“Being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship is a great honor,” Johansen says. “I’m very much looking forward to my time in Cyprus and the great experiences that are sure to come with it.”
While at SMU, Johansen studied in Germany and Copenhagen, where she learned about migration, nationalism and international human rights. She also has worked with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in this country and in Denmark.
Johansen’s many honors include the William K. McElvaney Peace and Justice Award, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society membership, Henry S. Jacobus Junior Paper Prize in History, Lambda Alpha Iota Chapter Distinguished Achievement Award, Outstanding Senior Student in Anthropology, Stanton Sharp Award for Outstanding Service and Academic Achievement, Robert Stewart Hyer Society membership, University Award for Outstanding Scholar and a nomination for Outstanding Senior Woman.