Gustavus Adolphus College Geographer Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Posted on November 11th, 2004 by

Mark Bjelland, Associate Professor of Geography at Gustavus Adolphus College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at Cardiff University in Wales during the 2004-05 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Bjelland will lecture and do research to compare the redevelopment of brownfield sites, abandoned industrial or commercial properties, in Britain and the United States with regard to urban sustainability.

He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 57 years, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught, or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of the Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.


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