Fulbright Program

Interested in a workshop on How to Prepare a Successful Fulbright Application? Please contact your Fulbright Scholar Program campus liaison Gitta Montoto at gmontoto@fiu.edu or 305-348-3763.

Fulbright Ambassador Workshop Presentation (3/10/2017)
Daris Hale, Senior Instructor, School of Music, Texas State University-United States-San Marcos, shared her and her family’s experiences during their Fulbright Scholar visit to Tanzania in 2010-2011:  Fulbright Ambassador Presentation by Daris Hale (3/10/2017)

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Archived Fulbright Events 

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PANEL “Fulfilling the J. William Fulbright Vision: Mutual Understanding for a More Peaceful World” (Thursday, November 17, 2016, MARC Pavilion 2nd Floor, 2:45-4:15 PM)

For this event, the following panelists shared their different experiences as a Fulbright Scholar/Student alumna/alumnus during 2016 International Education Week at FIU. A recording of the event may be accessed here .

Fulbright Student Alumni

rafikova_alinaAlina Rafikova, MS, is a Fulbright grantee from Russia who studied Global Strategic Communications at Florida International University, School of Communication and Journalism. Her academic research interests revolve around place branding and intercultural communications. She has interned at the United Nations headquarters in New York and participated in the organization of G20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events in Russia. She served as a graduate research assistant at Florida International University. Currently, she works with the Research and Data Insights team at Hill and Knowlton Strategies. While at FIU from 2014-2016, she was under the Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student Program, working on a project entitled “Branding a ‘Place in the Sun’: ‘Little Moscow’ within American Environments.” Ms. Rafikova’s home institution in Russia was the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow. Her Master’s Degree in Journalism with a specialization in Global Strategic Communications was conferred earlier this year.

oehlze_mMicah Oelze, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Miami’s Florida International University. He teaches cultural and intellectual history of Latin America and helps lead the department’s “Writing in History” program. Dr. Oelze completed his PhD in Atlantic History in the summer of 2016, also at Florida International University. His research, on twentieth-century Brazil, examines the social impacts of a governmental engagement with the arts, specifically concert music, ethnomusicology, and music education. His research has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, and the US Department of Education. The importance of his innovative work is being increasingly recognized locally and abroad, including in the form of a research article published in the most recent edition of his field’s premier interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Fulbright Scholar Alumni

kotey_pSince 2004, Professor Phyllis Kotey, a senior judge, is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Externship and Pro Bono Program at FIU. As Director of the Legal Externship Program, she has assisted students in judicial, civil and criminal placements at the local, state and national levels. She has facilitated student initiated pro bono service in Columbia, South America and around the country including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was selected as an FIU Top Scholar in 2014 and presently serves on the FIU Faculty Senate. She was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year in Accra, Ghana, and conducted research in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Access to Justice. While conducting research in Ghana, she also taught classes at Mountcrest University College in Accra, Ghana. In Summer 2015, she taught Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure at Universidad de Sevilla Facultad de Derecho in Seville, Spain. Prior to becoming a judge, Kotey served as an assistant state attorney specializing in capital sexual battery cases and serving as chief of the County Court Division. She served as the Associate Dean of the Florida Judicial College and is a faculty member for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Judicial College. She specializes in the area of judicial ethics, criminal procedure and trial practice. Dr. Kotey is the author of multiple books, book chapters, and articles, next to being actively involved in the Florida Legal System.

anderson_epElizabeth P. Anderson, PhD, is a freshwater conservation ecologist based at FIU, where she is co-Director of the Tropical Conservation Institute and a member of the faculty. Her research explores the natural history of tropical freshwaters of Central America, the Andean Amazon, and East Africa, and the effects of human activities on these ecosystems. Her work has a strong conservation focus and involves collaborations with other scientists and those in key water resource management roles. Dr. Anderson received both undergraduate and PhD (Ecology) degrees from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in Athens. She has since worked for the Organization for Tropical Studies as coordinator of international research and study programs for U.S. and Costa Rican students at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica; and as Conservation Sustainability Director at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA. At FIU, she worked with the USAID-funded Global Water for Sustainability Program to support pilot projects for integrated water resources management in South America, East Africa and India, and later was Program Officer for East Africa programs. Between 2013-2016, Dr. Anderson has served as the Director of International Research Programs in the School of Environment, Arts and Society at FIU. In this post, she built partnership programs with diverse collaborators for conservation of globally important landscapes in the Andean Amazon and East Africa regions.  Dr. Anderson is a three-time Fulbrighter: a Fulbright Research Award to Costa Rica in 2001; a Fulbright Scholar Award to Peru in 2014; and a Fulbright Specialist Award to Colombia in 2015.

macgowan_mDr. Mark Macgowan’s is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, and also holds a Full Professorship. His scholarship focuses on advancing rigorous, impactful, and culturally-relevant group work, particularly in the areas of substance use, mental health, and social well-being. He is the author of Guide to Evidence-Based Group Work and co-author of Group Work Research, both with Oxford University Press, and is co-editor of Evidence-Based Group Work in Community Settings and IASWG Standards for Social Work with Groups, both with Taylor & Francis. Dr. Macgowan has received multiple professional or university awards for excellence in teaching and research. In 2012, Dr. Macgowan was Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, where he was engaged in teaching and research about global perspectives on evidence-based group work. As a licensed therapist and supervisor of therapist trainees, he has significant clinical experience, mainly with persons with substance use problems and those affected by disasters. He currently serves as a mental/behavioral health specialist with federal, state, and local government disaster response medical teams.

melesse_aDr. Assefa M. Melesse is a Professor of Water Resources Engineering with background in remote sensing and geospatial applications to hydrological modeling. He earned his M.E (2000) and Ph. D (2002) from the University of Florida in Agricultural Engineering with two concentrations (Hydrological Sciences and GIS)  and 3 minors (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Remote sensing). His areas of research and experience include spatially distributed hydrologic modeling, ecohydrology, spatial surface water balance modeling, sediment transport, surface and groundwater interactions modeling, spatial evapotranspiration mapping using remote sensing, water-energy-carbon fluxes coupling and modeling, remote sensing hydrology, climate change impact modeling, river basin management and land cover change detection and scaling. He has vast experiences in the Nile River basin and the Caribbean islands. Dr. Melesse was a Fulbright Scholar in Ethiopia in 2012. Dr. Melesse has ample experience in river basin runoff modeling employing GIS and data from remote sensing. Dr. Melesse is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and also Diplomate of Water Resources Engineer (D. WRE) with over 26 years of teaching, research and extension experience both in Ethiopia and USA. He is the author/editor of 5 books and over 100 journal articles. Over the last 10 years, he has been supervising 47 Ph. D and M.Sc students at FIU and other collaborative institutions in Ethiopia of which 37 of them have graduated.

sudol_jDr. Jacob David Sudol writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound.  His music has been performed over one hundred times across the USA as well as in Canada, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, China, Thailand, Japan, and Cambodia.  He was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan for the 2015-16 Academic Year and is also an Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition and the Coordinator of Music Technology area at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Sudol’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by many prestigious ensembles and performers.  He has also been invited to give dozens of lectures and be a guest artist across the USA, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and Cambodia.  His compositions for instruments and electronics are regularly selected for the most prestigious annual national and international computer music and electronic music conferences. As a recording engineer and producer he has worked on albums that have been or will be released by Mode, Bridge, and Centaur Records. In 2012, Dr. Sudol founded a cello/electro-acoustic duo with his colleague the distinguished cellist Jason Calloway and, since 2010 he has been in a piano/electro-acoustic duo with his wife Chen-Hui Jen. At FIU he directs the FLEA (Florida Laptop Electro-Acoustic) Ensemble and in Taiwan he directed CLOrk (Chiao-Da Laptop Orchestra). More information is available under jacobsudol.com and https://soundcloud.com/jacob-david-sudol.

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