The University, along with faculty and students, proudly received accolades from the Fulbright Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program has facilitated academic exchanges across 160 countries, with the university being recognized as a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institutions Leader for 2023. This prestigious title acknowledges the university’s commitment and engagement with the Fulbright Program, placing it among 46 institutions honored by the U.S. Department of State.
Amanda Bennett, the director of Global Partnerships and Engagement at International Affairs, emphasized the significance of this recognition in expanding the university’s reputation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution at the national level. With over 95 faculty and staff recognized as Fulbright Scholars and Specialists since 1960, and more than 52 Fulbright Student Award winners since 1949, the university continues to thrive in international academic exchanges.
For the 2023-2024 academic year, seven faculty, staff, and students were honored:
Dr. Diana Berman and Dr. Joseph Oppong received Fulbright Scholar Program awards.
Lauren Jacobsen-Bridges participated in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar to South Korea.
Dr. Saraju Mohanty was recognized under the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Dr. Garrison Gerard, Lorelei Nichols, and Odalis Alvarado received Fulbright U.S. Student Awards.
These individuals undertook diverse projects, from STEM research to cultural exploration, showcasing the global impact of the university’s academic community. As the university continues to foster international collaborations, the Fulbright Program remains a cornerstone, offering faculty and students opportunities for research, study, and enriching international exchanges. The Global Engagement Office actively promotes Fulbright opportunities through campaigns and workshops, resulting in increased interest and participation from both faculty and students.
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