Education professor going to Uganda as Fulbright Scholar

October 12, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - David Eichinger, a Purdue University associate professor of science education, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar.

David Eichinger

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Eichinger will teach and conduct research during the spring semester at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda.

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Eichinger will co-teach biology courses for environmental health majors at the main Mukono campus, conduct science teaching workshops for primary and secondary school teachers at regional campuses, research Ugandan teachers' views of the nature of science, and assist with research capacity building and collaboration in science education.

Eichinger is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program next year.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has sent more than 108,000 Americans abroad to study, teach and research and has brought more than 178,000 people from other countries to the United States to do the same. The program operates in more than 155 countries.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports programs to promote mutual understanding and respect between Americans and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu  

Source: David Eichinger, 765-494-0711, deich@purdue.edu