3 UNI professors awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 10:11
Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members are “bright” with potential.
Nadia Korobova, Chris Martin and Mark Myers were awarded the title of Fulbright Scholar, a prestigious honor that provides each recipient the opportunity to study abroad based on their academic merit and leadership potential.
The recipients went through an extensive application process, including references and writings on what they plan to do with the grant.
The grant covers almost all of the costs for travel, lodging and food. There are grants for U.S. faculty and students and for foreign faculty and students.
“For our family, it’s kind of a dream come true,” said Myers, assistant professor of biology. “My wife is Colombian, so we’re going to be not far from where she grew up.”
Myers will be teaching at the same institution from which his wife received her undergraduate degree. Myers’s wife and two children will join him in Colombia.
Korobova, assistant director of international programs, will participate in the International Education Administrators Program in Germany and France. She will attend seminars in both countries with 20 additional Fulbright Scholars from around the U.S. Korobova and the other U.S. scholars will learn how Germany and France run their international programs and bring the information back to share with their home universities.
“I am very, very humbled and honored,” said Korobova. “I did not expect to win this.”
Korobova’s trip will take place Oct. 5 through Oct. 19. She will spend time in Berlin, Darmstadt and France.
Martin, interim head and professor of communication studies, will participate in consulting and lecturing in Hungary. Martin visited Hungary last spring when his wife, Bettina Fabos, was named a Fulbright Scholar.
“They very much see Fulbright Scholars as someone who is representing the United States,” said Martin, who learned this during his wife’s Fulbright trip.
He is taking his two kids and his wife with him to Hungary in the summer of 2014.
University faculty members in the host countries have contacted UNI’s Fulbright Scholars and given them ideas about research, but no plans have been set in stone.
Myers does know what he will be doing from from a teaching perspective, though.
“I will be teaching (a course in conservation biology) to undergraduates and also collaborating with colleagues from the university and learning about their studies and research and seeing if I can lend some of my skills to help them further their research pursuits,” said Myers.
The Fulbright Scholar program not only assists U.S. Scholars, but it also benefits the host country.
“I’m interested in providing opportunities for them,” said Martin. “Hungary is a wonderful country for a lot of different areas of study.”