Catalina Segura, assistant professor of forest engineering, resources and management in the College of Forestry, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Italy to study rainfall-runoff generation response, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced. 

Segura will conduct research in spring 2021 at the University of Florence as part of a project titled “The role of catchment physiography in the hydrologic response of headwater streams.”

Segura is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad in the 2020-21 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

This is the second Fulbright for Segura, who received her first one 20 years ago as a student.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.  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.

Since being established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded a Nobel Prize and 84 who have received a Pulitzer Prize.