Fairfield’s Fulbrights Embark on Research Abroad

This year, three of Fairfield University’s own are among the elite group to be awarded Fulbright grants to embark on educational experiences abroad.

Kayla Urbanowski ’17 will travel to Brazil to research the foraging and movement activity of a short-tailed fruit bat species. Urbanowski will be taking graduate classes and performing biological research during her time in Brazil. As a cultural ambassador, she hopes to help bridge the gap between the United States and Brazil.

The recipient of the Flex Fulbright Award, William Vasquez Mazariegos, PhD, associate professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will return to his home country, Guatemala. His motivation for applying to the program was based on findings from a previous research project. “Solid waste disposal has become a major health concern in the developing world,” Dr. Vasquez Mazariegos said. “With my research, I intend to be part of the solution to this ongoing problem.”

Gita Rajan, PhD, a professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded Fulbright Specialist status, an honor that follows on the heels of serving as a consultant to the World Bank last year. The Fulbright Specialist program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at academic institutions abroad. ●F