NEW PALTZ—The State University of New York at New Paltz was named one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars for master’s institutions in 2013-2014, according to the U.S. Department of State.
“SUNY New Paltz has long been known for its international engagement, and part of that history has been a faculty with research and scholarship interests that span the world and contribute to the advancement of knowledge,” said Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Mauceri. “Fulbright Awards are highly competitive and I think this recognition speaks to the dedication and intellectual rigor of our faculty and programs.”
Two professors — Michael Vargas, associate professor in the Department of History, and Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, associate professor in the Department of Geography— received the prestigious award from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which provides grants to graduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Vargas, who is spending the 2013-2014 academic year in Barcelona, Spain, was granted the award to support his continued study of the Crown of Aragon in the late Middle Ages, including the exploration of problems of institutional imbalance, leadership hubris, and social anxieties in contemporary Spain and the United States.
Engel-DiMauro’s project combines teaching and researching environmental issues in cities. He will deliver graduate course lectures, seminars, and workshops at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Rome, Italy, and conduct research on the factors fostering trace element movement from urban garden soils to crops.
ABOUT THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More information about the Fulbright Program is available online.