Central Michigan University statistics professor Felix Famoye has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Nigeria in mathematics from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Famoye will research and lecture at the University of Lagos as part of a project to conduct research and implement hands-on activities and technology in statistics courses.
"I am glad to receive the grant and also will be able to travel to Nigeria to contribute to the country's educational development," he said. "My visit to the University of Lagos will be very timely as they are starting a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics."
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Famoye is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
"I knew my chance of getting this grant was very small as priority is given to an applicant who had not received a Fulbright award, and I received one in 2009-10," Famoye said. "In addition to teaching and directing students' projects and my research project, I plan to participate in recruiting students to CMU."
Famoye was also awarded the CMU President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in 2005 and CMU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He also is a fellow in the American Statistical Association and has been a member of the International Statistical Institute since 1990.
About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries who are needed to solve global challenges.
Fulbrighters address critical global challenges – from sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security – in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the U.S. and the world. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 33 who have served as a head of state or government.
Fulbright recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.