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Dr. Yoel Rodríguez, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2016-2017, Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology, Slovak Academy of Science.

 

Dr. Yoel Rodríguez, a well-known and much-lauded member of Hostos Community College (HCC)’s Natural Sciences Department, is professor of physics and chemistry, and the coordinator of the HCC Joint Dual Engineering Degree program with The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, both at The City University of New York (CUNY).

 

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Yoel is an expert in computational biophysics and medicinal chemistry, and received his PhD in Theoretical Biophysics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed research articles and presented at several conferences. Yoel is also captivated by STEM pedagogical research. He coordinates Hostos programs aimed at improving diversity in STEM disciplines. He has mentored many minority students in research who have earned multiple awards at undergraduate STEM conferences and several have succeeded in earning, for example, PhD from Princeton University, MS from Stanford University and MS from Columbia University.

 

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During his Fulbright stay, he collaborated with Dr. Magdaléna Májeková, an expert in biophysics and medicinal chemistry, on a research that will ultimately contribute to the finding of therapeutic approaches with the potential to target neurodegenerative, muscle, cancer, cardiovascular and heart diseases. The team of chemists, biochemists and structural biologists explored the structure and function of SERCA – transmembrane enzyme - involved in many biological functions. During his stay, they built and developed different protein-lingand-membrane systems such as SERCA-rutin (and rutin derivates) in POPC pure membranes and conducted computer simulations. As a result, Yoel and Magdalena have published a peer-reviewed article “Rodríguez, Yoel, and Magdaléna Májeková. 2020. Structural Changes of Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+-ATPase Induced by Rutin Arachidonate: A Molecular Dynamics StudyBiomolecules 10, No. 2: 214. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10020214.”

 

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As Yoel says, "My Fulbright experience in Slovakia was amazing, rewarding and reaching, both professionally and personally. A truly transformative journey.” His Fulbright research stay was selected to be a Cover of the CUNY’s Salute to Scholars magazine.

 

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In January 2021, Yoel received a $15,000 CUNY Community College Research Grant to be used in studying coronavirus-related issues. In addition, in 2019, Yoel and his colleagues received a $999,400 National Science Foundation (NSF) award The “Hostos Engineering Academic Talent” (HEAT) Scholarship Program aimed at increasing the number of low-income, talented domestic students who persevere and graduate with associate and baccalaureate degrees in engineering.

 

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Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

 

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, provides an opportunity for Fulbright Slovak scholars to connect with National Archives and Record Administration scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives and Record Administration’s state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration. The award was established to support archival science education, conservation, and research. Minimum length of the grant is 5 months, maximum is 12 months.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Slovak citizenship
  • Researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields
  • Master’s degree is required, but Ph.D. is preferred for academic candidates or or equivalent professional experience for non-academic candidates
  • Academic, professional or artistic excellence and other achievements qualifying the candidate to undertake the proposed project in the U.S.
  • Proficiency in English commensurate with the project proposed

 

Factors affecting selection

  • Preference given to candidates without substantial recent experience in the United States
  • Affiliation with a Slovak higher education institution preferable
  • Justification for a research/teaching project in the United States
  • Professional distinction and leadership skills
  • Adaptability and personal suitability of candidates who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of their own country
  • A willingness to return to Slovakia, build on skills gained in the United States and share knowledge at home institution and across communities

 

How to apply

Candidate must submit an online application. There is no need to send any documents to the Commission.

Application must include: CV, Project Statement, 3 Reference Letters, Invitation Letter from accredited U.S. institution.

The application form is designed for the whole Fulbright Program worldwide.

 

Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship Application Form

 

Application Deadline is October 15, 2021.

 

More information can be found here https://cies.org/fulbrightnationalarchives

Milota Sidorová, Fulbright Slovak Student to the U.S., 2013-2014, City College of New York, Faculty of Architecture

 

Facilitator, moderator, strategist, planner, networker and a feminist in service of more inclusive cities.

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Milota is an expert in public spaces and participation, she holds PhD. in landscape architecture from Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. She is a founding member of the international festival on the development of the city reSITE in Prague as well as WPS Prague (Women Public Space Prague), that supports and promotes the professional activities of women experts in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning.

 

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Milota is a director of Urban Studies and Participatory Planning Department at Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava (Metropolitný inštitút Bratislavy) where she focuses on city planning from the perspective of inclusion and gender balance. Together with Lívia Gažová, Milota runs the radio show Living City FM (Živé mesto), the only radio show in Slovakia focused on livable and equitable cities. Environmental challenges Milota addresses within Green Foundation activities and are reflected in her work of urban planning.

 

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During her Fulbright research stay, she worked with Michael Sorkin at City University of New York, whom she brought to reSITE festival in Prague year after her stay. During her endless walks in the city of New York, her terrain research, she got familiar with the whole range of topics such as municipal leadership, urban risk management, poverty, criminality and gentrification in the cities. In the light of opening the discourse on urban planning and designed, she published her research online at http://milotathewalker.tumblr.com/.

 

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As Milota says: “Fulbright scholarship was one of the best opportunities in life to experience different education system, to meet the best brains in the field, to spend hours in discussion with professors who had curious and partnership approach to me. It showed me the streets of New York in the way that even NY citizens do not know it, I walked through it, observed the life and searched for urban development linkages. It showed me how perseverance, curiosity and the desire to keep personally growing are the real philosophy of life and how complaining, as a cultural phenomenon, will lead us nowhere.”

Dear Friends of Fulbright, 

 

Fulbright Slovakia joins the world celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program today, and affirms the importance of mutual understanding between nations remaining steadfast in its dedication to strengthen relationships between the United States and Slovakia, through cultural and educational exchange.

 

On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the act that launched the Fulbright Program, which enhances mutual understanding and helps people and nations work together toward common goals. The Fulbright Program connects the United States with more than 160 partner countries worldwide, Slovakia being one of them.

 

Since the inception of the Fulbright Program in 1946, over 400,000 people from all backgrounds – recent graduates, teachers, scientists and researchers, artists, and more – have participated in the Fulbright Program to seek greater global understanding and advance ideas in the world we share.

 

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, and include 60 Nobel Prize recipients, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.

 

The Fulbright Program began in Slovakia in 1994 and has granted 362 awards to Slovak citizens who have had the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research in the U.S., and 381 American students, scholars, and professionals have been awarded Fulbright grants in a variety of academic fields in Slovakia.

 

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, we are launching a monthly Alumni Spotlight Series on our social media this Tuesday – highlighting Fulbrighters who make a lasting impact, share knowledge and improve lives across communities.

 

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Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary School Administrators 2021

 

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava and the Slovak Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce Summer 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for experienced secondary school administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others.

 

The program will utilize a hybrid format with an initial virtual component taking place from June through August 2021. Over a period of approximately two weeks in fall 2021 or winter 2022, an in-person component will take place in the United States at the host institution, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions. Exact dates for both program components will be determined at a later time. 

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

 

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Administrators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Each Institute will have approximately 20 participants and will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021. Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution. During the academic residency, participants will engage in Institute activities remotely from their home countries. If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, such as lectures and site visits to local communities. The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities. 

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Administrators (SUSIs) will provide a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school administrators (including administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.

 

Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. Host institutions will offer a virtual program that will include many elements of the traditional in-person program. The in-person component will complement the virtual program at U.S. host institutions and will include, as much as possible, a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. The program will feature curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. All programs will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the award period.

 

California State University at Chico will conduct the Institute for Administrators and will focus on access and equity in U.S. education and society. 

 

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be mid-career (typically between the ages of 30-50), highly motivated, experienced secondary school administrators;
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency as it is vital to a successful experience in the Institute;
  • Have a graduate degree and substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component;
  • Have no prior or limited experience in the United States;
  • Have a special interest and experience in the field of secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties. 

 

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are highly competitive. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.  Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program. 

 

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

 

Program Funding:  ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) will cover all participant costs, including: visa; program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; visa travel; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

 

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants must complete the entire virtual program in order to participate in the in-person program component in the United States. Candidates should be aware that they are applying for an intensive, rigorous, academic program and are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program. The Institute is not a research program. Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings. During the U.S. component of the Institute, family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program. Candidates should be aware that this is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. 

 

English Language Ability:  All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program. Host institution will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of participants may vary and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for participants whose English is their second or third language. 

 

Housing and Meal Arrangements:  Each participant will have a private room and bathroom during the in-person portion of the Institute. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities; participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

 

Health Benefits:  All participants will receive the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit, which provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations. COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE policy.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

 

Expectations:  Violations of program rules, U.S. host institution rules, or U.S. local, state or federal laws may be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. 

 

Program Model: The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities. Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country. Participants must complete the virtual program in order to continue to the in-person program in the United States. However, if a participant cannot continue onto the in-person U.S. component of the program, they will still receive ECA alumni status and be eligible for all ECA alumni benefits after completion of the virtual program.

 

Technology Requirements: In order to participate in both the initial virtual program component in their home country, participants must have access to a computer and a stable internet connection.  For the in-person component of the program, the host institution will provide participants with access to a computer and internet.

 

Participation: Participants will be expected to actively engage in all programs activities, and therefore, should notify immediately the host institution of any issues with their online access during the duration of the program as well as any difficulties affecting their participation.

 

The application period will be closed on March 2, 2021.

 

Please, send your application and any questions about the program to the Slovak Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy Bratislava at: office@fulbright.sk and contact_bratislava@state.gov


Finalists will be invited for an interview as part of the selection procedure; interviews will be conducted in English.

 

Due to the large number of applications that we expect, only successful individuals will be notified by end of April 2021.

 

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Fulbrightov program oslavuje tento rok 75. výročie. Od svojho vzniku sa do Fulbrightovho programu zapojilo viac ako 400 000 absolventov, medzi ktorými je aj 39 hláv štátov alebo predsedov vlád, 60 laureátov Nobelovej ceny, 88 víťazov Pulitzerovej ceny a 16 držiteľov Prezidentskej medaily slobody udeľovanej prezidentom USA. Viac o význame a vplyve Fulbrightovho programu nájdete na webovej stránke venovanej jeho 75. výročiu.

 

Komisia J. Williama Fulbrighta pre vzdelávacie výmeny v Slovenskej republike vznikla v roku 1994. Od jej vzniku vyše 350 Slovákov malo možnosť študovať, učiť alebo robiť výskum v USA a takmer 400 amerických študentov, vysokoškolských učiteľov alebo výskumných pracovníkov a odborníkov z rôznych oblastí získalo Fulbrightovo štipendium na Slovensko.

Letné semináre v USA pre študentských lídrov sú 5 týždňové akademické programy, ktorých cieľom je prehĺbiť znalosti o USA a zároveň podporiť líderské schopnosti študentov na bakalárskom stupni štúdia. Pobyt pozostáva zo seminárov, diskusií, skupinových prezentácií, a štúdia textov. Školské aktivity budú doplnené exkurziami, návštevami múzeí, tematickými výletmi a rôznymi aktivitami na podporu vodcovských schopností a tiež dobrovoľníckymi aktivitami.

 

Pre podrobnejšie informácie, prihlášku ako aj kritéria pre uchádzačov kliknite sem.

 

Uzávierka podávania prihlášok je 11. januára 2021. Semináre sa uskutočnia v mesiacoch júl - august 2021. Konkrétny termín bude upresnený neskôr.

Virtuálny deň otvorených dverí na fakultách a univerzitách je určený študentom, ktorí sa chcú dozvedieť viac o štúdiu na jednotlivých vysokých školách. Fulbrightova komisia sa spolu s poradenským centrom EducationUSA zapojila do tohto projektu a môžete ju nás tak bližšie spoznať. Radi zodpovieme všetky Vaše otázky!

 

Premiéra je 27.4.2020 o 14:00, ale ak nestíhate, všetko si môžete pozrieť zo záznamu. Tešíme sa na Vás! https://virtualnydenotvorenychdveri.sk/

Informácia o COVID-19

 

Činnosť kancelárie Fulbrightovej komisie na Slovensku sa prispôsobuje aktuálnej situácii, naša činnosť je takmer úplne virtuálna.

 

Súčasťou činnosti Komisie je aj poradenské centrum EducationUSA, ktoré sprostredkúva aktuálne informácie o vysokoškolskom vzdelávaní v USA. Aj jeho činnosť sa presunula do virtuálnej sféry.

 

Vzhľadom na vyššie uvedené sa Vám preto snažíme priniesť najnovšie informácie spojené s COVID-19.

 

Najnovší vývoj a dopad vírusu na amerických vysokých školách a univerzitách môžete nájsť tu - The Chronicle Of Higher Education.

 

Oficiálna stránka Centra pre kontrolu a prevenciu chorôb tu - Center for Disease Control and Prevention, okrem iného prináša aktuálne informácie a čísla o COVID-19.

 

Interaktívna mapa potvrdených pozitívnych prípadov testovaných na COVID-19 nájdete tu - Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus Resource Center, sú dopĺňané priebežne a ponúkajú napríklad aj prehľad jednotlivých štátov USA, nielen ako celku.

 

Stránka, ktorá sa venuje príprave na núdzový stav - Ready.

 

Aktualizácie Veľvyslanectva SR v USA pre slovenských občanov nachádzajúcich sa na území USA.

 

Uvedomujeme si, že v aktuálnej situácii je dôležité starať sa aj o svoje psychické zdravie. Niekoľko dobrých zdrojov (články, podcasty, online otvorené kurzy, praktické cvičenia) nájdete aj tu - Greater Good Science Center – University of California, Berkeley.

 

Všetci dúfame, že sa aktuálna kríza čím skôr skončí a budeme sa nie len môcť vrátiť k vzájomným výmenám štipendistov, ale zoberieme si z nej aj inovatívne prístupy k vzdelávaniu a výskumu.

 

Komisiu môžete kontaktovať na telefónnych číslach +421911 415 000, +421911 415 001,  elektronicky na office@fulbright.sk, https://www.facebook.com/FulbrightSlovakRepublic.

 

You can reach the Commission at phone numbers  +421911 415 000, +421911 415 001, electronically at office@fulbright.sk, https://www.facebook.com/FulbrightSlovakRepublic.

Professor Milan Kováč, a 2014 Fulbright Fellow in cultural anthropology at Missouri State University, head of the Comenius University’s Department of Comparative Religions, is the founder of Mesoamerican and Maya studies in the Slovak Republic. His international research team in the northern Guatemalan jungle -- using new aerial laser scanning -- discovered remains of a Mayan metropolis of 15 million people (and 60,000 buildings, plazas, and pyramids) that collapsed in the 9th century.