Meet Concordia’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Nickania Pryce, from Jamaica.
Concordia has welcomed Nickania Pryce, a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Jamaica, to campus this year. This is the third time in the past decade that Concordia has been selected as a host institution for the prestigious Fulbright Program.
Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the United States government’s flagship international academic exchange program which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Each year, the Fulbright Board awards approximately 8,000 grants split roughly among 2,000 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 800 U.S. university professors, and 1,000 visiting professors. On average, Fulbright awards a scholarship annually to only one out of every five applicants.
A Fulbright pharmacist
Altogether, Pryce will spend 10 months in the U.S. teaching within Concordia’s School of Pharmacy and assisting with research efforts alongside Terry Elinor-Reid, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at CUW. Reid is an accomplished researcher who is also a native Jamaican. Reid’s research is currently focused on finding a cure for HIV through the use of computer-aided drug discovery technologies. The pair plan to explore latency reverse agents that can activate HIV latent reservoirs. The hope is to one day completely eradicate the virus through antiretroviral therapy.
Pryce says Reid’s research is new territory for her despite her decades of experience in pharmaceutical practice and a love of laboratory research.
“I’m learning a lot; it’s very exciting,” says Pryce. “I am really anticipating some great things coming out of this research.”
Concordia faculty and students are learning a great deal from Pryce too. She brings new insights to lectures based upon her experiences with the health care system in Jamaica. These ideas spur conversations and help build cultural awareness among students and faculty alike.
“Being here helps me realize that we are doing some great things in Jamaica despite being a developing country,” says Pryce. “At the same time, the practices of Concordia’s pharmacy and the advancements that exist in the U.S., I can carry some of that back home. There’s a lot that we can learn from each other.”
As a CUW pharmacy student, you can expect to participate in active applied learning throughout your degree program. Our accomplished faculty teach and mentor each individual student in a welcoming Christ-centered environment. Our highest priority is helping you develop your talents for a rewarding life, not only a career.