Fulbright Scholar

Luke Kachelein of Bandon has received a Fulbright Award to study physics in Germany.

Bandon resident Luke Kachelein of Vassar College has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Germany in physics, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. 

Kachelein, 20, is the son of Mark and Sabra Kachelein of Bandon. He was valedictorian of the Connections Academy Class of 2011 and is graduating with honors from Vassar at the end of this month. His brother Strider Kachelein is a sophomore at Vassar. Both were awarded scholarships to Vassar, a private, liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Luke Kachelein is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. 

Kachelein will travel to Germany to study for a master's degree in photonics, a subfield of physics, at the Abbe School of Photonics at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

“This plan would entail coursework in photonics, the study of manipulating and detecting light, and would culminate in a master's thesis relevant to solar energy technology, which is directly related to my career goals,” Kachelein said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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