Software Development
Gaming / Health / Resources / Universities

This Penn Nursing Ph.D. just got a Fulbright to study online games

Lee, a 2014 International Game Developers Association scholar, will be one of the first Fulbright scholars to study online gaming.

Matthew Lee at the E3 Conference. (Courtesy photo)

Matthew Lee just got a Fulbright Scholarship to research how to make online gaming communities a better place on the internet.
To Lee’s knowledge, it’s one of the first Fulbright Scholarships awarded to the study of online games.
Lee, 29, is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn’s nursing school, which is a place that’s surprisingly rife with innovation: it’s one of three nursing schools in the country that offers a scholarship focused on health innovation. Lee is one of those scholars. He also works with the school’s Health Technology Lab.
He’s a rising star in the gaming world, for sure. Last year, he was named an International Game Developers Association scholar, one of the most coveted awards in the game developer community.
As for his project, Lee hopes to develop ways to foster openness and collaboration in the online gaming community, since in many places, that’s not the norm. (As one writer described the game League of Legends: “It often feels that when you aren’t playing with four other friends, chances are you’re going to run into the scum of the earth.”)
Lee wrote:

It’s my hope that eventually, this data can be useful in developing new therapeutic applications for games, and in improving the mental health of those online today, something I’m quite passionate about as a nurse, game designer, and as the chair of the International Game Developers Association’s Serious Game Group.

He’ll leave for Australia this January and plans to return to Penn once his year-long scholarship is over.

Companies: Penn School of Nursing

Before you go...

Please consider supporting to keep our independent journalism strong. Unlike most business-focused media outlets, we don’t have a paywall. Instead, we count on your personal and organizational support.

3 ways to support our work:
  • Contribute to the Journalism Fund. Charitable giving ensures our information remains free and accessible for residents to discover workforce programs and entrepreneurship pathways. This includes philanthropic grants and individual tax-deductible donations from readers like you.
  • Use our Preferred Partners. Our directory of vetted providers offers high-quality recommendations for services our readers need, and each referral supports our journalism.
  • Use our services. If you need entrepreneurs and tech leaders to buy your services, are seeking technologists to hire or want more professionals to know about your ecosystem, has the biggest and most engaged audience in the mid-Atlantic. We help companies tell their stories and answer big questions to meet and serve our community.
The journalism fund Preferred partners Our services

Join our growing Slack community

Join 5,000 tech professionals and entrepreneurs in our community Slack today!


Philly is ranked one of the world’s best places to found a startup, climbing to No. 25 globally

Ghost Robotics is landing a $240M exit, dodging months of protests over military uses

Coded by Kids drops ‘kids’ but keeps the focus on young people

As a returning citizen, she experienced tech overload. Now she’s fighting to end the digital divide

Technically Media