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SUU Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Published: August 24, 2004 | Author: Renee Ballenger | Category: Academics

Tod Amon, associate professor of computer science at Southern Utah University has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, Africa during the 2004-2005 academic year.

Dr. Amon will spend 10 months in Tanzania teaching, mentoring graduate students, conducting research, and helping strengthen computer science education in Tanzania

He leaves with his wife and infant girl for Tanzania, a venue of his choice, mid-September. Amon says he listed Africa as one of his top choices for location because he very much wants to make this endeavor as much a personal adventure as a professional one.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards undergo a lengthy competition and are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, and extraordinary leadership in their fields.

Professor Amon is one of approximately 100 Americans who have been selected to teach or conduct research in 31 African countries, and one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries this year.

The Fulbright Scholar program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator Fulbright. The program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Dr. Amon's Fulbright tour follows closely behind his colleagues who most recently fulfilled Fulbrights-- Dr. Jon Smith who went to Portugal last Fall, Dr. S.S. Moorty who went to Moldavia, and Dr. Jim Aton who traveled to China.

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