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Two York researchers get Fulbright Awards

Two York researchers get Fulbright Awards

A York University PhD student and a contract faculty member have been awarded Fulbright Awards to do research in the United States. York University will also play host to a distinguished American scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year.

David Hugill (right), a PhD candidate at York University, has been granted a Fulbright Student Award to study geography at the University of Minnesota. Hugill will be spending nine months, starting in September, conducting research for his project  “Urban Indigenity and the Neoliberal City: Winnipeg and Minneapolis in Comparative Context.”   

Jia Li, a contract faculty member in York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, has been granted a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Starting this month, Li will spend nine months at Harvard conducting research for a project titled “Cross-border Literacy Intervention Using Integrative Technologies and Social Networking for Diverse Students in North American Inner-City Schools.”  

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Dr. Jia Li and Mr. David Hugill to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholars,” said Michael Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada. “Their success brings tremendous credit to York University and to the Canada-US Fulbright Program.”

York will also welcome an American Fulbright Award recipient. Professor Jessica Fields (left), from San Francisco State University, will take up a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturing Chair. While at York, Fields will conduct research for her project “Intimate Possibilities: Sexuality, Education, and Civil Rights in Canada.”

The Fulbright program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and other countries. Operating in more than 150 nations, the Fulbright program is one of the world’s premier academic exchange programs. With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Department of State, the Canada-US Fulbright Program offers academic exchanges and intellectual opportunity.

For more information, visit the Fulbright Canada website.

Republished courtesy of YFile– York University’s daily e-bulletin.