LAWRENCE -- Five University of Kansas students received prestigious Fulbright awards for research, study or English teaching as an assistant abroad for the 2012-13 academic year, including Andrew Toth of Colby.

Toth is a graduate of Colby High School. He is the son of Sally and Patrick Toth. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

He has received a Fulbright grant to Germany to study in the master's program in environmental engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Hamburg. Toth is especially interested in the treatment of wastewater so it becomes a source of energy. In addition to taking classes that address the Water-Energy Nexus, he will complete an internship at Hamburg's wastewater treatment plant to experience first-hand the equipment and processes that generate energy from wastewater sludge. Fluent in German, Toth first went to Germany as a high school student. He returned last summer as an intern in Lú where he was instrumental not only in facilitating the residency of the KU orchestra and Hansel and Gretel cast in nearby Eutin (a sister city of Lawrence) but also arranged for internships in local businesses for KU students. Toth has attended KU as a Summerfield Scholar.

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 people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The U.S. Student Fulbright program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants provide funding for round trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident insurance and, where relevant, tuition. Since the program's inception in 1946, 437 KU students, including this year's awardees, have been awarded Fulbrights.

The Office of International Programs coordinates applications for Fulbright grants.