April 24, 2023

Elliott Professor of English Evan Davis and Elliott Professor of Biology Rachel Goodman have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2023-24 academic year.

Hampden-Sydney College is pleased to announce that Elliott Professor of English Evan Davis and Elliott Professor of Biology Rachel Goodman have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards in English and biology, respectively, for the 2023-24 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Evan Davis outdoor headshot

Dr. Davis will be teaching courses in American satire and American graphic novels at two universities, Hosei University and  Tsuda University, in Tokyo in the fall of 2023.

Rachel Goodman outdoor headshotDr. Goodman’s work will take her to Colombia, where she will work with collaborators at seven Colombian universities to survey ranaviruses in amphibians and squamates throughout the country. Her research will be split between her sabbatical in the fall of 2023 and the summer of 2024.

“This is both a tremendous, well-deserved honor for Rachel and Evan and a testament to the quality of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College,” said Mike McDermott, the College’s dean of the faculty. “We wish them the best as they embark upon these exciting experiences that will no doubt enrich them personally and professionally.”

Dr. Davis and Dr. Goodman are among over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2023-24 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The College’s most recent Fulbright honoree was Assistant Professor of History Andre Pagliarini, who received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the 2022-23 academic year.

Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

The  Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program.

For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. Additionally, over 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas. 

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar Programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.     

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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