Dr. Folasade Olajuyigbe, a female Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, has been named winner of the 2017 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) award for advanced research in the United States for 2017/2018 academic year. The FUTA don will be affiliated with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She was selected from a pool of 700 candidates who initially applied for the fellowship from Nigeria; 16 candidates were shortlisted for the interview from where five finalists were selected.
Olajuyigbe whose area of reaserch interest is Enzyme Biotechnology and Environmental Health will focus on this area during her stint in the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. Over 155 countries worldwide, including Nigeria participate in this program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
Fulbright Scholars (Senior Research Program category) are highly motivated academics with strong academic background, professional achievements, high leadership potential, passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and serious commitment to completing the program and returning home. Fulbright Scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and are prepared to speak about their countries, cultures and research to academic and community groups.