**Bahrain | Fulbright S&T awardee 2008 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Mathematics**

Abdulla Eid, an International Fulbright Science & Technology Award recipient from Bahrain, was initially encouraged to consider an academic career by his teacher who counseled, “I am not advising you to study mathematics; I am asking you to do so.” Thus, Abdulla began the journey toward becoming a mathematician.

Abdulla was born in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Mathematics had always been his best subject, and his teachers provided him with extra challenging material. He led his high school math team to a win in their first National Mathematical Competition in Bahrain. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Bahrain, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, with honors. While an undergraduate, he participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC-ACM) for the Arab and North African regions.

Upon graduation, Abdulla spent one year in Germany at the Berlin Mathematical School. While in Berlin, he completed courses at all three Berlin Mathematical Schools: Technical University (TU), Humbolt University (HU), and Free University (FU) which further confirmed his desire to become a mathematician.

Abdulla is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research interests include algebraic geometry, computer algebra, and computational algebraic number theory.