Matt Haugen selected to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Kinesiology doctoral student Matt Haugen was selected to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, through which he will spend the 2017-18 academic year in China conducting research on the intersection of education and athletics in a Chinese cultural context. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the United States’ largest exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and more than 360,000 people have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.
Haugen will use the year in China to complete his dissertation on whether a shift in social norms encourages a fusion of athletic and academic education – in short, is China embracing the concept of the student-athlete? Haugen hopes to generate cross-cultural exchange between the U.S. and China of best practices in the academic schooling of aspiring athletes and to identify developmental models that can assist Chines athletes to study academic, technical, or professional subjects at the same time as they are engaged in sports training.
"I am thrilled to receive this news and humbled to be a recipient of a Fulbright award,” Haugen said. “I look forward to starting my research project, which will deliver new information on Chinese cultural attitudes regarding the integration of education and athletics. I am honored to uphold the ideals of the Fulbright mission and champion the ideals of diplomacy by cultivating bilateral relationships and international partnerships. I want to thank all who have supported my scholarly pursuits and those who worked closely with me on this process. I can’t wait to implement this project with the help of my colleagues at the Nanjing Sport Institute.”