NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University is pleased to announce that Dr. Min Li, an associate professor in the School of Justice Studies and Sociology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in social sciences for the 2020-21 academic year.

The U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board bestowed the award.

Li is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2020-21 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and broaden their professional networks, often continuing collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for future partnerships between institutions.

Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs and classrooms, Fulbrighters share their stories and often support international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad.

“Dr. Min Li’s research reflects the very best of Norwich. By developing a Chinese language Quality of Life test for children with cerebral palsy, Dr. Li will have a real-world and culturally-relevant impact on children with disabilities.”Dr. Sandra Affenito, Norwich University provost and dean of faculty

Fulbright Scholars alumni join a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, including many leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 37 heads of state or government.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Li will conduct her research in Taiwan starting February. Her research proposal is “Develop Quality of Life Measures in Chinese and Apply to Chinese Children with Cerebral Palsy.”

The research will apply quality of life (QOL) measures developed in the United States to the Chinese setting. It will select and translate QOL measures from the PROMIS/Neuro-QOL items bank, then test their cultural sensitivity and acceptability among Chinese children with cerebral palsy. (PROMIS stands for Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System.)

The research’s results will contribute to the National Institutes of Health’s focus on patient-reported health outcomes and PROMIS international initiatives, ultimately improving the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy.

“Dr. Min Li’s research reflects the very best of Norwich,” said Dr. Sandra Affenito, provost and dean of the faculty. “By developing a Chinese language Quality of Life test for children with cerebral palsy, Dr. Li will have a real-world and culturally-relevant impact on children with disabilities.

“Consistent with Norwich’s institutional vision to promote internationalization, the Fulbright Program helps to advance this aim as the mission of the program is to cultivate international relationships to meet mutual needs.”

International educational exchange

The Fulbright Program, the flagship U.S. government-sponsored international educational exchange program, aims to forge lasting connections between Americans and the people of other countries by countering misunderstandings and encouraging collaboration toward common goals.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers and professionals to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and resolve shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. State Department. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations worldwide directly and indirectly support the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the Fulbright U.S. Student Program’s implementation, conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.     

Visit for more information about the Fulbright Program.

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