My Fulbright experience – Gbenga Oluwagbemi
When Olugbenga Oluwagbemi received the news that he had won the Fulbright Award to conduct his PhD research at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA, his joy knew no bounds, particularly when it was the first time he applied. He shares his experience:
My name is Olugbenga Oluwagbemi. I just completed the Junior Fulbright training programme in the United States of America. I had the opportunity to represent Nigeria at this prestigious international programme. I was privileged to attend an intensive academic programme at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA, where I learnt about the American Culture, Advanced English Language Concepts and also about writing high quality research papers. By the grace of God, I was awarded a special recognition Certificate for my excellent performance in the result of the course. I also had the opportunity of conducting my PhD research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
My PhD research work is novel and titled “ANOSPEX: A Stochastic Spatially-Explicit Predictive Computational Model and Potential tool for Studying Anopheles Metapopulation Dynamics towards Malaria Control” This research work was very rigorous. I had to work extra hours to meet up with various deadlines. Most times, I went to bed around 2am or 3am daily. This research work was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and also the National Institute of Health in the United States of America. I was supported with funding by the International Institute of Education (IIE) and Fulbright Scholarship Board (FSB) in USA. By the grace of God, out of several submissions to the Malaria World Day International Conference, held in the United States on the 25th of April, 2011, my PhD research work was selected for presentation at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. I also had the opportunity to meet with the 2003 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Prof. Peter Agre, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA, when he visited our lab as shown in the group photograph.
Dr. Jason Rasgon of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provided laboratory space, support and supervision with the approval of my Nigerian supervisor, Professor Ezekiel Adebiyi. Covenant University is a good University with outstanding research potentials; though more research facilities, motivation and training (especially international) are needed to produce more results.
First, I give all the glory of these achievements to God Almighty. Second, I want to use this opportunity to thank my late grandfather, Pa A. O. E. Falako and especially my Aunt, Mrs. Nike Aduloju for advising me to apply for International Fellowship Programme five years ago. I also want to thank my mother for her support especially during the early years.
I want to thank the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan. Finally, I will like to thank those who took time to ask after my welfare and also supported me in prayers during my study period in the USA despite the tornadoes and harsh winter conditions. I thank God for the success.
God bless you all.