Campus: San Jose State University -- May 17, 2002
San Jose State University Graduate Student Wins Prestigious
Brian Williams, SJSU graduate student in environmental studies, has
received a Fulbright grant to carry out field work research on the red
panda population in Nepal during the 2002-03 academic year.
Williams' research for his master's of science degree thesis will focus
on the status of the red panda in Eastern Nepal. Specifically, he will
attempt to identify the current distribution of the red panda within
the Taplejung and Panchthar districts and predict how current local
land-use patterns will affect the population. This study should provide
another powerful piece of the red panda puzzle and the critical information
needed to fulfill Williams' ultimate goal of creating a Red Panda Conservation
Area in Eastern Nepal.
Williams' thesis advisor is environmental studies professor and graduate
coordinator Gary Klee, with committee support from Lynn Sikkink, assistant
professor of anthropology, and a yet to be named Red Panda/Nepali specialist.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,000 grants
annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide. The
United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster
mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural
Selection for student program awards is based on the student's academic
or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility of the
proposed study project, and qualifications established by the Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundation.