Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics Announces Denise Agosto as Recipient of Fulbright Award for 2022-2023

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Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is pleased to announce that Professor Denise Agosto, PhD has received a 2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in information science for the 2022-23 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Agosto is among over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

Agosto will research at the School of Information Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, as part of a project to study information sharing, misinformation, and disinformation among Brazilian college students. As in many countries, young people in Brazil who use the internet often encounter inaccurate, misleading, or biased information. Agosto’s collaborative project, titled “Somos Brasil,” will use qualitative research methods to build detailed portrayals of Brazilian college students’ experiences in sharing information online. The project will examine what happens when the students encounter misinformation and study the impact of cultural context on information use and sharing.

“Dr. Agosto’s selection as a Fulbright Scholar is reflective of her standing as one of our nation’s top researchers in the information science field,” said CCI Dean and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor Yi Deng, PhD. “As a College, we are enormously proud of her and look forward to following her research in Brazil.”

As a Fulbright Scholar, Agosto will share knowledge and foster meaningful connections across communities in the United States and Brazil.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people in the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the US Congress to the US Department of State‘s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and direct support to the Program.

For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute finding solutions to challenges facing our communities in our world. More than 800 US scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright US Scholar Program annually. Additionally, over 1,900 diverse US students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright US Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright US Student and Scholar Programs on behalf of the US Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.  

For more information on the Fulbright program visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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