Univ Alumnus Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Recent alumnus Stefan Lachowycz (2010, DPhil Earth Sciences) has received a Fulbright-Lloyd’s of London Scholar Award to conduct research in the USA on one of the world’s most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes.

Stefan has been selected to spend one year at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, to investigate temporal changes in volcanic hazards and risk by statistical analysis of data from monitoring of active volcanoes.

Stefan and the other 46 British grantees of the 2016-17 Fulbright cohort celebrated their success with US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at his official London residence, Winfield House, during a reception to celebrate US-UK exchange programmes on Wednesday 15 June.

Commenting on receiving the award, Stefan said: 'I am honoured to receive this Fulbright award, and excited about the opportunities it will provide for my professional and personal development. My year at the Carnegie Institution will enable me to access and analyse diverse datasets, establish new collaborations, and experience another world-class research environment. I hope my research will produce new insights into how and why various types of volcanic behaviour change through time, and how statistical methods can be applied to inform volcano monitoring. I’m looking forward to living in DC and travelling widely in the US.'

Penny Egan, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: 'I know our 2016 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the US and beyond. Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships. In the 70th year of the Special Relationship, we are proud to send the best of British academia to the US.'

Scholar Bio: Stefan Lachowycz is a volcanologist who studies how and why the behaviour of volcanoes changes over diverse timescales. He has a MEarthSc and DPhil in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. As a Fulbright-Lloyd’s of London Scholar, Stefan will spend a year investigating temporal changes in volcanic hazards and risk by statistical analysis of data from monitoring of active volcanoes. He will be affiliated with the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, to facilitate collaboration with scientists there and at some US volcano observatories.

Univ Stefan Lachowycz