Math Department Professor Named Fulbright Scholar


Saint Mary’s College Math Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Ind.
(574) 284-4579

March 19, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.) –Saint Mary's College is proud to announce that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Steven Broad, assistant professor of mathematics, as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Brazil. As a result, during the summer of 2011 Broad will conduct research in his specialty, classical dynamical systems and differential geometry, and teach a seminar on the subject at the Instituto de Matemática e Estatística of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP-IME).

“Brazil is home to many of the world's leading specialists in this area of pure and applied mathematical research,” Broad explains. “Indeed, Professor Jorge Sotomayor of USP-IME's applied mathematics department, who invited my visit, is among the most widely respected researchers in this field. There are numerous other Brazilian mathematicians who are working in this general area, including my dissertation advisor, a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Frederico Xavier.” Xavier is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, where Broad earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics.

Broad came to Saint Mary’s College as an assistant professor in the fall of 2009 after working as a mathematics instructor Notre Dame from 2006-2009 while completing his degrees there. Professor Joanne Snow, chair of the Department of Mathematics, says she is thrilled to have a Fulbright Scholar on staff.

“This is an extraordinary award and such an honor for Professor Broad and for the department. Having a faculty member of this stature in the math department is evidence of the academic strength of Saint Mary’s College,” Snow said. “Professor Broad is an asset to the College due to his scholarly excellence as well his commitment to the mission of Saint Mary's College, which includes helping women to develop their talents and prepare them to make a difference in the world. “

Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, supported for more than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by the people of partner nations. The program—working with universities, schools, bi-national Fulbright commissions, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector—actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions.

Fulbright’s history dates back to September 1945 when the freshman senator from Arkansas, J.William Fulbright, introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sales of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.” One year later President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and the young senator’s vision of replacing swords with plowshares found its expression. For more information on Fulbright, click here.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.