MSU scientific society to spotlight Fulbright Scholars program

Contact: Maridith Geuder

The Mississippi State chapter of Sigma Xi is sponsoring a Feb. 12 public lecture about the national J. William Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Dr. Philip Bushby will lead the 7 p.m. presentation in the Wise Center seminar room. An MSU professor of veterinary medicine, he was a Fulbright Scholar to University College of Dublin, Ireland, in 2000.

Sigma Xi is the international scientific research society. The MSU faculty chapter was organized in 1939.

Established by Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by the Arkansas senator for whom it's named, the Fulbright program is designed to help expand cultural understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Administered by the Department of State, it is considered the flagship international education effort of the United States government. Some 234,000 persons have participated to date.

Bushby will discuss his Fulbright experience and provide information about the application process. At the Irish university, he directed a project that explored the use of problem-based learning in the veterinary medicine curriculum, a teaching method that promotes student participation by presenting them with clinical problems to solve.

Bushby was among faculty members who helped implement the learning program at MSU's veterinary college.

"The Fulbright program is extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally," Bushby said. "It was extremely beneficial to interact with new faculty and different students and to experience their reactions to a different kind of learning.

"It is also very rewarding to live somewhere else and to experience another culture," he added.

For more information about the program, contact Wanda Dodson at (662) 325-8429 or wld@humansci.msstate.edu.

Wed, 01/30/2002 - 06:00