Purdue joins elite list of top-producing Fulbright institutions

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has been included in the prestigious list of US colleges and universities selected as one of the top producing institutions of the Fulbright US Scholar Program for 2021-2022.

Each year, the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the the best producing institutions for the Fulbright program, the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Purdue is tied for third in the nation in the “research institution” competition for university awards, making it one of the nation’s top producers for 2021-22.

The university is one of 18 research institutions to be named. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

“We couldn’t be prouder because each year more of our faculty members have been chosen to be part of this prestigious and widely recognized international program,” said Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. and diversity. “Participating in the Fulbright program can literally be a career-changing experience. We hope to remain among the most productive institutions for faculty Fulbright scholars for many years to come.

In 2020, six Purdue faculty members were named 2020-2021 Fulbright Fellows for their projects, which were chosen because they demonstrated advances in health sciences and social welfare. Specifically, improving treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, understanding how traumatic brain injury can lead to heart dysfunction, and advancing K-12 STEM education are just a few. subjects that constituted the research projects of these faculties. For the 2021-2022 competition, eight Purdue professors have been shortlisted for a Fulbright Scholar Award.

Christopher J. Lukasik, Provost Member, Fulbright Faculty Award; and Associate Professor of English and American Studies, said, “Fulbright recipients often describe their experiences as life-changing, and their expanded worldview makes them better informed to talk about global issues upon their return to the United States. . Fulbright professors are exceptionally well-prepared to speak to students who are not only entering a global economy, but who belong to a generation facing a range of challenges – on a global scale – such as climate change or Food Safety.

The deadline for this year’s Fulbright US Scholar Award is September 15. For more information about the Fulbright Faculty Award program, contact Lukasik at [email protected].

The Fulbright Program was established more than 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between American citizens and those of other countries. Fulbright is the largest and most diverse international educational exchange program in the world. Its main source of funding is an annual congressional appropriation to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. ECA sponsors the Fulbright program and several nonprofit cooperative partners implement and support the program on its behalf. For more information on the Fulbright program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a leading public research institution that develops practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the past four years as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the United States by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers groundbreaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. Committed to hands-on, online, real-world learning, Purdue provides transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap to https://stories.purdue.edu

Writer: Margaret Mower

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, [email protected]

Source: Christopher Lukasik, [email protected]

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