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April 23, 2014

Mike Verlezza, '13, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award, which will allow him to comparative research in Canada on veterans’ healthcare.

The Attleboro resident, who was an economics and finance major at BSU, said he’s excited to join the esteemed company of current and previous Fulbright awardees.

“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “Looking through the list, I saw people from Princeton and Harvard being rejected and people like me from Bridgewater getting accepted. It’s exciting to play in the intellectual big leagues.”

The Fulbright student award is administered through the Department of State, with a goal of forging cross-border understanding.

Recently, Mr. Verlezza has been working for Meditech in Westwood, doing software design and development. Plans call for him to depart in September for Kingston, Ontario, where he will work with researchers from the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. Canada has what’s known as a single-payer healthcare system, and Mr. Verlezza will look at the comparative economics of that system versus the United States’ model.

He will return in May. 

Mr. Verlezza was a Commonwealth Honors student while at the university, and is the first BSU alumnus to capture the Fulbright award in two decades. Dr. Teresa King, associate professor of psychology and the honors director and the Fulbright Program administrator for BSU, called the award, “the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States.” (Photo by student Steve Rowell, story by John Winters, G ’11, University News)

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