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Four UHD Faculty Earn Fulbright Scholar Awards!


By Laura Wagner

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 United Arab Emirates (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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.