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Four UHD Faculty Earn Fulbright Scholar Awards!

Four faculty members at the University of Houston–Downtown earned Fulbright Scholar Awards for 2022-23. This is a significant achievement compared to peer institutions, only one of which earned four Fulbrights in 2021-22, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. UHD 2022-23 Fulbrighters include: 


Dr. Edmund Cueva, Professor of Humanities in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, will travel to the University of Murcia, Spain, to research and teach Greek and Roman Classics’ influence in Latin American countries.

Natacha Poggio, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, will travel to the Universidad de las Artes in Guayaquil, Ecuador, gateway to the Galapagos Islands, to work with students and community members to support environmental advocacy for this ecologically significant region.

Dr. Shahnaz Savani, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Field Education in UHD’s Social Work Program, will travel to the University of Central Asia in Khorog, Tajikistan, a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, where she will teach courses and conduct community research on mental health and suicide prevention and intervention. 

Dr. Rahul Verma, Professor of Finance in the Marilyn Davies College of Business, will travel to Ajman University in the UAE (near Dubai) to research the relevance and value of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing strategies pre- and post-COVID.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs, and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.