Mizzou Faculty Build Global Ties Through Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides around 800 teaching/research grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in nearly every academic program or professional field. Established by prominent American statesman, J. William Fulbright in 1946, the program sought to strengthen binational partnerships between the U.S. and foreign governments with the sole goal of advancing mutual understanding through education. Since its inception more than 250,000 Fulbright students, scholars, and teachers have made significant contributions in the U.S. and abroad through their teaching/research endeavors.

Mizzou has been a powerful force in shaping and sending scholars and students abroad through the Fulbright program over the decades. The program is highly competitive and each year several Mizzou faculty members are honored with the prestigious award. It is an opportunity that fosters cross-cultural collaboration and enriches Mizzou as a leading global university by creating global scholars that pass their knowledge and experience onto students upon their return. And if the goal is to foster mutual understanding and learning from other cultures, then Mizzou is right on point as Mizzou Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Matt Lucy says, “You can’t really substitute every day, face-to-face relationships.”

2013-2014 Mizzou Fulbright Scholars

(Click photo to read more about each professor)

Matt Lucy, Ph.D

At Mizzou: Animal Science Faculty, Professor, Molecular Endocrinology

Fulbrigh position: Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences at Teagasc in Fermoy, County of Cork, Ireland

On his experience:


As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Dr. Lucy worked with Teagasc, Ireland’s agriculture and food development agency. Photo via Mizzou  International Center

David Bergin, Ph.D

At Mizzou: College of Education, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Fulbright position: Associate Professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology at the University of the Frontier, Temuco, Chile

On his experience: I looked forward to many things like improving Spanish skills. If you can speak the local language, you will have a much fuller experience. For example, people are more likely to invite you into their homes if it will lead to conversation and not hours of sitting silently or looking things up in a dictionary. I also looked forward to learning about student motivation (of indigenous and non-indigenous students) through interviews, meeting new people, and learning about how higher education and K-12 schools function in Chile. Be ready for serendipitous things to happen and take advantage of them. 

David Bergin and daughter, Leigh, stopped off at the Torres del Paine National Park on a trip to present at a conference in Punta Arenas

David Bergin and daughter, Leigh, stopped off at the Torres del Paine National Park on a trip to present at a conference in Punta Arenas.  Photo via Mizzou International Center

Chris Daniggelis, MFA

At Mizzou: Art Department, Assistant Professor, Printmaking

Fulbright position: Assistant Professor/coordinator in the Art Department at the Frafikwerkstatt Dresden and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Germany

Chris Daniggelis, MU Art Department and Fulbright Scholar, is reflected in a work of art by Robert Rauschenberg in Berlin's contemporary fine arts museum.

Chris Daniggelis,  Fulbright Scholar, is reflected in a work of art by Robert Rauschenberg in Berlin’s contemporary fine arts museum. Photo via Mizzou International Center

For more information on the scholars please visit “Bringing it back to Mizzou”, here


Dianna Borsi O’Brien. MU International Center international.missouri.edu

Feature Photo: MU International Center

3 thoughts on “Mizzou Faculty Build Global Ties Through Fulbright Program

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