UK Summer Institute participants 2019

We are pleased to introduce the participants in this year’s UK Summer Institute programme. The UK Summer Institute programme for US undergraduates has been offered through partnerships with a variety of top-ranked UK universities since 2010. 

Coming from 27 different US states and 44 different universities, the selected students this year not only excelled in their academic achievements, but also demonstrated a dedication to their local communities, and a desire to act as ambassadors for the US whilst in the UK, and now that they have returned home, for the UK, the Fulbright Programme and their hosts.

The Fulbright Commission selects its Summer Institute participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. 

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and the opportunity to join our alumni networks. Find out more about the Summer Institutes.

AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Three students attended a three-week programme at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in association with the American Institute for Foreign Study. They worked with professional theatre practitioners at the Globe, participated in movement and voice workshops, scene rehearsals and developed their knowledge and skills in the field of Shakespeare studies and drama. They also participated in a wide range of social and cultural activities around London. 

The selected participants for 2019 were: Ethan Child from Bridgewater State University, Ari Kelo from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caleb Sheedy from Syracuse University.

Aberystwyth University Summer Institute

The Aberystwyth University Summer Institute in Wales was themed around contemporary issues of identity and nationhood. The participants learned about Welsh culture, history, its geographical differences and the role that industry has taken in shaping the historical, political and cultural landscape of Wales. Participants also learned about its role and influence, both nationally and internationally.

Students selected to participate in the 2019 Aberystwyth University Institute were: Ava Beck from Washington State University, Christopher Boose from Georgetown University, Catherine Choi from Cornell University, Sage Coates-Farley from American University, Nelson Graves from the University of Central Arkansas, Taylor Reed from San Diego State University, Lydia Shaw from Franklin and Marshall College, and Lucas Unver from Denison University.

University of Birmingham Summer Institute

In this Summer Institute partnership with the University of Birmingham, six students spent four weeks learning about the theoretical and practical aspects of Film and Media in the UK at their International Summer School.

The selected participants for 2019 were: Armando Borrego from the University of the Pacific, Joe DeBlasio from Syracuse University, Theo Poling from the University of Southern California, Shelby Rodger from Syracuse University, Ethan Treadwell from Whitman College and Skylar Ward from the University of Southern California.

University of Bristol Summer Institute

This Institute programme with the University of Bristol hosted ten Fulbright students on their Summer Institute. Participants attended courses on the theme of social justice, activism and art.

As well as undertaking classes during their four-week Institute, students also had the chance to learn about the city of Bristol and the culture, heritage and history of the UK.

Participants selected for 2019 were: Emma Beavins from Butler University, Kylie Cochrane from Arizona State University, Derek Collins from Western Kentucky University, William Chase Isbell from Washington and Lee University, Josiah Lax from Butler University, Greg Miller from the University of Notre Dame, Emma Peterson from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Jakob Schmall from San Diego State University, Blake Turpin from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Chandler Vaughn from Elon University.

University of Exeter Summer Institute

The Institute at Exeter had four students focus on climate change and the environment. The first week of the four-week Institute was a ‘Fulbright week’ with a programme particularly designed for the Fulbright participants, after which they joined one of the many choices in the University of Exeter’s summer school pathways of study.

Selected participants for 2019 were: Eric Kastelic and Megan Mascheri from the University of South Florida, Druv Vohra from Vanderbilt University and Danurius Williams from Howard University.

Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute

Six Fulbright students spent four weeks at Queen’s University Belfast, the majority of which they were a part of the University’s Irish Studies, Conflict Transformation and Education for Transformation Summer Schools.

In addition to learning from leading academics about Northern Ireland in terms of its national and international political, economic and cultural relationships, students explored the theme of Understanding Ireland: Northern Perspectives.

Selected participants for 2019 were: Kendall Chamberlain from Kennesaw State University, Chloe Elleman from the University of Cincinnati, Marcella Jurotich from Carleton College, Ashley McMichael from San Diego State University, Martylinette Sanchez from DePaul University and Hunter Smith from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

University of Sussex Summer Institute

Seven students attended the University of Sussex Summer School on a four-week programme of study.  Students were exposed to a wealth of history and culture through courses and cultural visits.

Participants selected for 2019 were: Connor Beeman from Ohio University, Morgan Craig from Montana State University, Colin Fricker from Vanderbilt University, Grace Gay from Northwestern University, Destinee Harper from Roanoke College, Grayce Walker from Lafayette College and William Wong from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Scotland Summer Institute at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art

The University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow hosted ten students who left with a unique perspective on its pioneering role in technology and innovation.

Students selected to participate on the 2019 Institute were: Danielle Corbin from the University of Notre Dame, Joseph Doner from Monmouth College, Nathan Hewitt from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Riley Jackson from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Lily Klezmer from the University of Notre Dame, Molly Roe from Butler University, Diego Sandoval from the University of the Pacific, Bridget Smith from Oberlin College, Ryan Weicht from Villanova University and Genevieve Wilson from Emory University.

University of Westminster Summer Institute

Five students took advantage of London as a classroom as they attended the University of Westminster Summer School on a three-week programme of study whose theme was ‘Future Leaders in a Global Age’. This theme was explored through bespoke workshops for the selected Fulbrighters. Students were exposed to a wealth of history and culture through museums, galleries and tours throughout London.

Participants selected for 2019 were: Michael Craighead from Baylor University, Katrina Fischer from Syracuse University, Nathan Terrell from Western Kentucky University, Sierra Waite from Juniata College and Sheridan Waterfall from the Rutgers University at Camden.

View participant bios here.