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August 29, 2019 at 9:40 am

Vis Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Brazil

Dr. Morgan Vis, portrait

Dr. Morgan Vis

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Morgan Vis has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Brazil in Biology.

Vis is Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology at Ohio University. In 2018-2019 she was named an Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar and University Professor. She is on Faculty Fellowship Leave this fall and spring and is in Brazil working on a collaborative book project, “Freshwater Red Algae – Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Biogeography.”

Vis is visiting her colleague Dr. Orlando Necchi Jr. at UNESP – Campus de São José do Rio Preto to synthesize their collaborative research on freshwater red algae in an authoritative book on the topic. In addition, she will teach a Workshop on Scientific Writing for graduate students in the life sciences.

Vis is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. 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.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit the Fulbright website or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail

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