January 29, 2018

Notre Dame Welcomes Fulbright Scholar to Campus

Newly-awarded Fulbright African Research Scholar, Dr. Folasade M. Olajuyigbe will be presenting The Making of a Woman Scientist, sharing her experiences and scientific discoveries with students.

Notre Dame is proud to welcome Fulbright Scholar and world-renowned scientist Dr. Folasade M. Olajuyigbe to campus on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m. As a newly-awarded Fulbright African Research Scholar, Dr. Olajuyigbe will be presenting The Making of a Woman Scientist, sharing her experiences and scientific discoveries during the student body’s activity period.

With a Ph.D. in biochemistry, Dr. Olajuyigbe has dedicated her life to enzyme biotechnology and environmental health. She currently acts as Senior Lecturer at Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria, while simultaneously conducting her own independent research on molecular studies on aerobic biodegradation. More of her independent work can be seen at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Margo Cunniffe, NDMU’s Director of International Education is excited to welcome Dr. Olajuyigbe’s to campus and is thrilled about her presentation saying, “I believe her visit will provide students a different perspective on women in science given her international background and research interests.”

Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Olajuyigbe was chosen out of approximately 700 candidates in the program pool for her 2017 Fulbright nomination-win.

The Fulbright program selects individuals who display high levels of dedication and ambition to their academic programs and greater community. Well-spoken and deeply committed, the Fulbright representatives utilize their drive and passion as a means to encourage mutual understanding and appreciation between countries. Acting as ambassadors, scholars like Dr. Olajuyigbe are able to travel from country-to-country, and, in Dr. Olajuyigbe’s case, advocate for medical advancement through newly-discovered research.

For more information check out the event's webpage.