May 24, 2004
VITERBO GRADUATE WINS PRESTIGOUS FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Viterbo University graduate Margaret Elvekrog of Waunakee has won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to conduct chemistry research at Stockholm University in Sweden for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Elvekrog graduated from Viterbo May 8 with a degree in chemistry and will seek her Ph.D. from Columbia University upon her return from Sweden. Viterbo chemistry professor Michael Collins describes Elvekrog as “simply one of the most talented people I have ever met in my 32 years of higher education and one of the kindest people I have ever met, period.”
During her career at Viterbo, Elvekrog has interned at the University of Puerto Rico and Columbia University. “I thought a Fulbright Scholarship would be a great opportunity to be abroad learning about a different culture and conducting research,” Elvekrog said. “It’s important to learn how research is done in other countries because the science community is so global.”
“We’ve only had two Fulbright Scholarship winners in the history of Viterbo,” said Viterbo University President Bill Medland. “This is a very prestigious honor. In all my years of higher education I can’t remember a Fulbright Scholarship winner so young.”
Elvekrog said she was “pleasantly surprised” to win the scholarship. Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and provides funds for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, and teaching while promoting mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries.