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Being awarded a Fulbright grant has been the biggest achievement of my academic life.

Anna Rushton found her place to shine at Chico State—as the first student at the University to win a prestigious Fulbright.

The anthropology grad student is using her grant to spend nine months in Rwanda studying the integration of a group known as “Potters” into Rwandan society. Rushton is creating a documentary about her research through the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology.

“Being awarded a Fulbright grant has been the biggest achievement of my academic life,” she says. “It is very validating and has given me the confidence to pursue a doctoral degree.”

Rushton views her time in Rwanda as a catalyst for the rest of her career. And she credits the varied and supportive faculty in the Chico State anthropology department with getting her there.

“I have been exposed to a wide variety of perspectives in the anthropology department,” she says. “That benefited me and is something that has helped me along the way.”

Chico State students stand out in big and little ways. Other recent standouts include CSU student trustee Ian Ruddell, top CSU award-winner Tim Sain, numerous winning student teams, and student-athletes who rank among the elite in Division II athletics. 

Anna Rushton in the Student Services Center, where she worked as a financial aid analyst while winning awards as a grad student.
Anna Rushton in the Student Services Center, where she worked as a financial aid analyst while winning awards as a grad student.