TSU professor wins Fulbright Scholar Award

Agricultural sciences academician to teach one year in Ethiopia

Dr. Makonnen Lema, an associate professor of agricultural and environmental sciences at Tennessee State University, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach next year in Ethiopia, TSU officials announced today.

Lema becomes the fourth TSU professor since 1999 to have been selected for participation in the Fulbright Program.

The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board partner to oversee the awards, which fall under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program.

Lema’s award will take him to Ethiopia for the 2013-14 academic year to teach and conduct research at Haramaya University, one of the African nation’s oldest universities.

“This is a great opportunity for Dr. Lema,” Dr. Chandra Reddy, TSU dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, said in a release. “I know he is originally from Ethiopia, and he will be able to take back lessons learned here and apply them in his home country.”

The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 to increase cultural exchange and research between the United States and other nations. Each year roughly 1,200 U.S. scholars study, teach or conduct research abroad courtesy of the flagship program’s grants. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this prestigious award and extend my professional service internationally,” said Lema, who teaches in the TSU Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, at which he also is the coordinator and adviser for the animal science and pre-veterinary science programs. “I couldn’t do this without the support of the University.”

An alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Lema obtained his Ph.D. in animal science in 1994. Prior to joining the TSU faculty in 2003, he was a faculty member at Alabama A&M University for six years.

Congress established the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to supervise the Fulbright Program, set worldwide policies, select the program participants, and promote the program to audiences around the globe.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.