2 selected for Fulbright UK Summer Institute

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Students to study British archaeology in northern England

Freshman Walker Womack and sophomore Kyle Walker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright UK Summer Institute, one of the Fulbright’s newest programs available only to U.S. freshmen and sophomores.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Womack is interested in history and particularly medieval history. Walker of Albuquerque, N.M., is majoring in physics and philosophy. Both students are writers for TU’s university newspaper, The Collegian.

Womack and Walker were chosen to participate in the Fulbright summer institute option at Durham University in northern England. The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages program theme places the students in a major archeological project located on the northern edges of the Roman Empire in Britain. Womack and Walker also will contribute to ongoing excavations that provide first-hand experience in the professional practices of British archaeology. The program will include on-site seminars and workshops that explore archaeological and cultural history.

The Fulbright program is led by Durham’s Institute of Medieval Studies and includes classes that investigate medieval theory. Field trips are offered for students to examine practical examples of medieval and early modern thought, design, architecture, and culture. In 2012, the Durham program offered only six spots to U.S. students.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Gail Ellis