THREE JAMAICAN educators have been selected as recipients of the 2006 Fulbright Scholarship programme.
They are Earle Buckle, of Excelsior Community College (EXED); Jacqueline Oram-Sterling, The Mico College; and Sonia Richards-Malcolm of the University of Technology (UTech).
The scholarships are sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in St. Andrew.
The Latin American Scholarship Programme of American Universities (LASPAU) has collaborated with the Fulbright Programme since 1975 in the administration of this programme, bringing up to 150 educators each year from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. Faculties are selected for their potential to contribute to their disciplines as well as to their academic institu-tions. After their studies in the U.S., grantees resume teaching and research at their home institutions, sharing the benefit of their educational experiences.
Mr. Buckle, vice-principal of EXED, will be heading to the North Carolina State University in Raleigh to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). in higher education administration. He said a doctorate in the field will provide him with advanced professional preparation for managing and administering programmes and services at EXED.
LEARNING TO GIVE BACK TO JAMAICA
Mrs. Oram-Sterling, lecturer in history, social studies and methodology at The Mico College, will pursue a Ph.D. in educational administration at Illinois State University. Prior to starting her academic programme, she will attend a special five-day orientation programme at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mrs. Oram-Sterling said that, on completion of her programme, she will return home to strengthen the teaching faculty at Mico.
Mrs. Richards-Malcolm, lecturer and research coordinator at UTech, who holds a graduate degree in health education and health promotion, will attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a master's degree in clinical laboratory sciences.
OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH
She said there are no graduate programmes and limited research currently been done in immuno-haematology in Jamaica and this "will bring me into contact with the world's leading programmes which will address the rapidly changing health care environ-ment and selected evolving clinical science disciplines".
The recipients of the Fulbright/ LASPAU scholarships will leave Jamaica at the end of July to begin their programmes.