Malcolm Ingram, a senior international business major from Philadelphia and a star member of the PhilaU men’s basketball team, has received notification that he will be awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant.
He intends to study for nine months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his work entitled, “Globalization’s Effects on Intellectual Property Law Mainly Piracy of Pharmaceuticals.” Ingram’s research will focus on the current problem of pirated pharmaceuticals present in the Argentinean pharmaceutical market.
“This problem has occurred due to the weak intellectual property laws that have allowed illegal drug rings to pirate essential medicines,” said Ingram, who plans to enroll in law school following his study in Argentina and pursue a career in international business or intellectual property law.
“Take a person who has diabetes in Argentina, they could be given counterfeit insulin (unknowingly) and eventually die from it,” explained Ingram on his research focus. “This is a big problem there due to the large black market in pharmaceuticals. I’m planning on getting in touch with politicians, lawyers and marketing research firms in Argentina during my time there to gain more insight into this issue.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“This grant is extremely important to me and my future. It will assist me in conducting research while living in a Spanish-speaking country for nine months, which has always been a dream of mine,” reflected Ingram, who is a member of the Dean’s List.
“The Fulbright program also allows me to join an exclusive network of Fulbright alumni that include heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers,” he added. “This network will benefit me in international business, law or any career path I ultimately choose following the completion of this grant.”
After receiving notification on March 27, the first people Ingram spoke to were Marcella McCoy Deh, Ph.D., director of the Honors Program at Philadelphia University and Ingram’s Fulbright advisor, President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., and Men’s Basketball Coach Herb Magee. “They’ve all had such a big influence on my college career and Dr. McCoy Deh and Dr. Spinelli played such huge roles in the whole application process that I wanted to share the good news with them first,” he said.
“Since Dr. Spinelli’s arrival on campus during my sophomore year, his ongoing availability, willingness to help and great advice have made my career decisions a lot easier,” said Ingram.
“Malcolm is a shining student-athlete on campus, both in the classroom and on the basketball court,” said President Spinelli. “He inspires us all to reach higher and achieve our goals. Malcolm exemplifies what it means to be a leader in his chosen field.”
With President Spinelli’s initial encouragement, Ingram started the application process early during the fall 2009 semester. McCoy Deh and the Fulbright committee, as well as other faculty and staff, worked with Ingram to secure affiliations in Argentina, assisted him with his personal statement and research proposal, and helped him secure meetings with attorneys and market research firms.
“The faculty and staff at Philadelphia University gave me tremendous support during the whole Fulbright application process,” noted Ingram.
Since the application was submitted in October, Ingram and the committee have been anxiously awaiting the news. “When I found out that I had won the Fulbright I was thrilled! After almost six months of waiting, wondering and anticipating, finally receiving the award was great news.”
“We all are very proud of Malcolm,” said McCoy Deh. “He was so committed to the Fulbright application process that it engendered everyone’s support to do what they could to help.”
Just this past summer, he balanced five weeks abroad in Spain, an internship at Comcast in Philadelphia and pre-season basketball workouts. A student-athlete, Ingram has been a leader on campus both in the classroom and on the basketball court as a four-year starter for the men’s basketball team.
He helped lead the team this year to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. Among his many accomplishments at Philadelphia University, Ingram was named to Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball East All-Region Second Teams his senior and junior years, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference 2009 Winter “All-Academic Team,” DII Bulletin All-American, and the Sporting News “Preseason All-Americans” all prior to the start of the 2009-10 season, to name a few.