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CMU faculty member earns international research award

Tamera Minnick receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Tanzania for a teaching and research project

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced Colorado Mesa University Professor of Environmental Science & Technology Tamera Minnick, PhD, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Tanzania in ecology.

Minnick will research, lecture and advise graduate students at The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, as part of a project to advance understanding of savanna restoration after removal of one of the worst invasive species in the world. Her work will be in collaboration with Tanzanian scientists and graduate students.

“In western Colorado many of our most troublesome invasive species like Tamarisk and Cheatgrass are from other continents and countries. Restoration is a global effort that requires a global awareness and international research and sharing of best practices,” said Minnick. "I am honored for the opportunity to collaborate with students, researchers and the people of Tanzania while contributing to the efforts necessary to sustain healthy and vibrant ecosystems worldwide.”

Minnick is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. 

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. 

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit the program website or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by telephone 202.632.6452 or [email protected].

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Written by David Ludlam