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Senior Emmanuel Dwomoh earns CCNY its fourth Fulbright this spring

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Emmanuel Dwomoh from CCNY's Class of 2018 is headed to Uganda on a year-long Fulbright grant to study the high prevalence of esophageal cancer there.

Graduating senior Emmanuel Dwomoh is The City College of New York’s fourth Fulbright award recipient this spring. The biology honors student leaves CCNY on June 1 with a year-long research grant to study the high prevalence of esophageal cancer in Uganda.

A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ghana, Dwomoh’s winning Fulbright proposal takes him back to Mbarara in southwest Uganda where he spent summer 2017 working on a malaria project.  Mbarara is also the epicenter for esophageal cancer in that nation.

“East Africa forms the African esophageal cancer hot spot where esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), a variant of the disease, is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among males,” said Dwomoh, a Bronx resident. “My Fulbright project will examine environmental factors unique to the region that may contribute to the high ESCC rate seen there.”

He will be based at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Dr. Samson Okello will serve as his research mentor in-country. 

Dwomoh, who is graduating with a 3.8 GPA, plans on attending medical school on his return from Uganda in 2019.

His Fulbright award follows similar grants to two other members of CCNY’s Class of 2018, Claire Lynch and Etienne Forbes.

Lynch, a political science and Jewish studies double major in the Colin Powell School and Macaulay Honors College at CCNY, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant tenable in Spain.

Forbes’ Fulbright U.S. Student grant will take him to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in September for a one-year master’s of science degree program in culture, organization and management.

In addition, David Lohman, associate professor of biology  in CCNY’s Division of Science, was selected a Fulbright ASEAN Research Scholar for the second time in his career. He returns to Southeast Asia to continue his study of butterfly evolution and the role of islands in species formation.

About the Fulbright Scholar Program
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks CCNY #2 among public colleges with the greatest success in ensuring the social mobility of our student body; at the same time the Center for world University Rankings places it in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.




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