Weber State professor headed to Poland on second Fulbright Scholar Award

When Marek Matyjasik taught in Poland as part of his first Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, the COVID-19 pandemic cut his time short. In his eyes, there was much more to accomplish.

Now, the professor and chair of Weber State University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has the chance to finish that work. Matyjasik is heading back to Warsaw, Poland, in January after receiving his second Fulbright award, where he will collaborate and teach about water resources and quality. 

“International collaboration is extremely important,” Matyjasik said. “We need to compare thinking to make sure we’re making progress in important areas of education and science.”

Marek Matyjasik is the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Weber State University.August 3, 2023

The Fulbright program places awardees in more than 135 countries to teach, conduct research and complete projects. Matyjasik will be teaching at the University of Warsaw, where he also served in 2020.

In addition, he will examine how remote learning and rapidly advancing artificial intelligence have changed teaching and learning in the country.

Matyjasik said through this opportunity he’s confident he can bring what he learns in Warsaw to Weber State, teaching students complex concepts and preparing the next generation to tackle critical issues.

“It’s very uplifting to see the young generation of scientists trying to improve our quality of life on our planet,” Matyjasik said. “Through this scholarship, I hope to motivate even more young people to solve the problems our planet faces.”