OGDEN — Marek Matyjasik, a professor in Weber State University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named a Fulbright Scholar.
He will spend February through June 2020 in Poland, where he will conduct research and teach two geosciences courses at Warsaw University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Matyjasik, who has been with the university for 21 years, is the 11th Fulbright recipient from WSU in the last 20 years. His field of study focuses on chemical reactions with water and mineral surfaces. He teaches geosciences and leads study-abroad courses in Iceland and Hawaii.
Matyjasik hopes that his experience teaching in Poland next year will help advance Weber State’s international recognition.Comment on this story
“Over the last several years, Weber State has been trying to improve its international presence,” Matyjasik said in a statement. “I hope my time in Poland will be helpful because having more collaboration with international institutions gives us experience that will help us make more progress in that direction.”
In addition to his academic work, Matyjasik has been instrumental in securing funding for WSU to assist students with a desire to study the physical sciences. Last year, the College of Science was awarded a National Science Foundation grant that will provide scholarships to 30 low-income, high-achieving students. Matyjasik was a part of the team of faculty from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences responsible for acquiring the grant.