UConn Faculty Member William Mustain Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award
Professor William Mustain, a faculty member in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to enable him to advance his research at the University of Surrey in the UK. The Fulbright Award is one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.
As a participant, Prof. Mustain has been selected from a strong applicant pool to investigate the use of electrochemical systems to reduce carbon dioxide emission from power plants. He will work with Professor John Varcoe, a world-leading expert in anion exchange membrane electrochemical systems, to develop new strategies and systems for carbon capture that significantly reduce energy demand and cost. The hope is that their collaboration will allow clean fossil-fuel energy technologies to finally be realized.
Commenting on receiving the award, Prof. Mustain said: “I am very happy to have received this award. Having the opportunity to work in close collaboration with Prof. Varcoe will significantly advance our research. The Fulbright program provides a very important platform that is needed for international collaborations to move forward, especially in today’s harsh funding climate. As a Fulbright scholar, I am also very excited at the opportunity to share our work throughout the UK and to experience the rich history and diverse culture there.”
Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the UK and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”
Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, added: It’s very rewarding seeing a group of talented, inspirational and very deserving individuals, embark on a life changing trip to the UK. This year’s cohort are no exception, and have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence, and a genuine desire to delve into UK culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.
The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
(reprinted with permission: Fulbright Commission)
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About the US-UK Fulbright Commission: The US-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty on 22 September 1948. The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral level for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programmes for shorter projects or for younger scholars. Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Programme include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and the economist and noble prize winner Milton Friedman.
About the Fulbright Awards Programme: Each year, the Commission supports UK and US citizens to study, lecture, conduct research or focus on professional development at leading institutions in the US and UK respectively. Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and nearly 12,000 US nationals in the UK on our educational exchange programmes.
About the Fulbright Advisory Service: The US-UK Fulbright Commission also supports US-UK exchange through its Advisory Service. The Fulbright Advising Team provides a wide range of information and hosts events for individuals interested in any level of US study. The Fulbright Advisory Service is the UK’s only official source of information on educational opportunities in the US and is part of the EducationUSA network of over 450 US advising centres worldwide.