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Medina native wins Fulbright

Contributed Story Posted 13 June 2013 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – Eric Mietz, a 2009 graduate of Medina High School, graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College this May as a triple-major in International Relations, German, and European Studies, and was a member of the All-College Honors Program. During his undergraduate career, Mietz was inducted into the National German Honor Society, studied the Arabic language in Fez, Morocco, and spent a semester abroad in Eichstaett, Germany.

Mietz is most notably the recipient of a J. William Fulbright fellowship grant to Austria, which will fund the first year of his graduate studies in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Mietz is also the recipient of a scholarship grant offered by the Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, which will partially fund his experience this summer as an intern performing international relations and defense policy research at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. That think-tank in Warsaw, Poland, advises the Polish government on foreign policy issues.

The Fulbright experience and work in Warsaw will be a continuation of Meitz’s Canisius honors thesis research, which focuses on maintaining transatlantic relations, as well as the development of European security and defense policy via the European Union and NATO.