Fulbright students arrive in ‘the land of big ideas’

How can dead bodies help the living? Why is Scotland a global centre for renewable energy? How will we discover the medicines of the future?

These are just some the big questions awaiting ten American undergraduates who arrive in Scotland this Fourth of July weekend for the 2014 Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute. 

Now in its second year the Institute is a unique partnership between the University of Dundee, University of Strathclyde and the US-UK Fulbright Commission with support from The Scottish Government and civic partners.

The students from across the United States will spend five weeks (6 July-9 August) in Scotland for a packed programme of lectures, seminars and study visits on the theme Scotland: Identity, Culture and Innovation.

One of the Institute organisers, Professor Graeme Morton, Chair of Modern History at the University of Dundee, said, “We are greatly looking forward to meeting our 2014 Fulbrighters on Sunday. They will learn about science, entrepreneurship, Scottish history, literature and much more besides. The stress is on innovation – of ideas and discoveries that have changed the world and ideas that might yet impact on our future.” 

Dr John R Young, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, added, “It’s a special and exciting time for them to be in Scotland with the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence in September. They will also arrive in Glasgow for the Strathclyde leg of the Institute on the day of the opening ceremony for 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship educational and cultural exchange programme of the US Department of State which promotes mutual understanding between the people of the USA and more than 155 countries. 



The Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute 2014 will take place at the University of Dundee from 6-23 July 2014 and at the University of Strathclyde from 23 July until 9 August 2014.  Students are selected on merit by competitive application to the US-UK Fulbright Commission in London.   The students attending the 2014 Institute are:

Ben Sides (Luther College, Iowa)

Bryce Santiago (Arizona State University)

Christina Nania (University of Texas at Austin)

Erin Sternhagen (University of South Dakota)

Henry Dickman (University of Notre Dame)

Jacob Schroeder (Kansas State University)

Joanna Redmon (Washington State University)

Rebecca Boehman (University of Kentucky)

Ryan Carson (University of Denver)

Yvonne Johnson (University of Kentucky)


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