Arijit Sen, an associate professor of architecture at UWM, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Architecture for the 2020-2021 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Sen is one of about 800 U.S. citizens selected to conduct research or teach abroad for the upcoming school year through the Fulbright program. Award recipients engage in cutting-edge research, often continuing collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, Fulbright recipients often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad.
Sen will lecture at the Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Kerala in India as part of his Urban Field School project. The project will introduce students to methods of architectural and public history fieldwork developed at the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School in Milwaukee.
Using digital technology, collaborative ethnography, and architectural field documentation Sen will work with students and scholars at NIT to develop a curriculum around vernacular architecture documentation and community engagement in Calicut, India.
“We are extremely proud of Associate Professor Sen’s work and recognition through a Fulbright award,” UWM Chancellor Mark A. Mone said. “This honor reflects the excellence of our faculty and the impact of international engagement.
“Faculty who are immersed in the Fulbright experience are a special asset to our students who gain unique international perspectives,” Mone added. “Dr. Sen is dedicated to creating models of instruction that introduce students to diverse racial, ethnic, global, economic and cultural experiences. We congratulate Dr. Sen.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between people in the United States and other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals.
Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns. The program is funded through an annual appropriation by Congress to the State Department. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.