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Two Mount St. Mary’s University Students Awarded Places on Prestigious Fulbright Summer Institutes

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Mount St. Mary’s University students Elizabeth Boyle, C’19, and Sydney Johnson, C’19, have been selected for Fulbright Summer Institute programs, some of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarships in the world.

boyle-and-johnson-fulbright.jpgThrough the US-UK Fulbright Commission, these programs offer participants the opportunity to visit a world-renowned U.K. university for an immersive, exciting academic experience, learn about the culture, heritage and history of the region, and come away with enhanced research, presentation and communication skills.

“I couldn’t imagine a better opportunity for Elizabeth and Sydney this summer,” said Jamie A. Gianoutsos, Ph.D., competitive fellowships director and assistant professor of history at Mount St. Mary’s. “The Fulbright Summer Institute will introduce these students to the culture of the United Kingdom and the academic rigor of top British universities. Not only do I think our students will thrive in this setting and have much to offer their peers in the program, but I believe they will benefit our community upon their return in the fall as they share their international experiences and perspectives with the Mount community.”

Boyle (pictured left) will attend the University of Bristol for four weeks, learning about slavery and the Atlantic heritage, focused on the eighteenth century and smuggling on modern Bristol and the U.K. Boyle and other students will also further their understanding of the history and culture of Bristol and the U.K., as well as explore the specific role Bristol has played in U.S. history.

“Having always possessed a great love for history, I cannot express my immense gratitude for being able to study my passion internationally this summer in Bristol,” said Boyle. “I am incredibly excited for the program and through this program I hope to gain a greater understanding of the economic, social and cultural conditions of trade and slavery in the Atlantic world as well the local history of Bristol.”

In the future, Boyle plans on either pursuing a doctorate in history or teaching social studies at the high school level.

Johnson will travel to the Queen’s University Belfast where she will take part in a four-week program on conflict transformation. Students will learn about interventions and policies dedicated to conflict transformation, the importance of security, transitional justice and the role of restorative justice in democracy building, and how border conflicts and social injustice encourage conflict and violence.

“Upon learning I received the scholarship, I was absolutely humbled to have been given such an amazing opportunity,” said Johnson. “As a Fulbright summer program participant, I hope to be able to learn more intensely how people rise out of conflict and specifically how religion affects trauma and conflict.”

Johnson is debating whether to pursue law school or international human rights work after college.

“In the 70th year of the special relationship, we can celebrate American students seeking study abroad opportunities through our Summer Institute program,” said Penny Egan CBE, executive director, US-UK Fulbright Commission. “This is a unique opportunity to get a taste of British higher education while interacting with students from across the globe. As part of a diverse and high-achieving cohort, these students will gain immensely from the experience.”

About the US-UK Fulbright Commission
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. For more information visit

Follow their UK experience:

Lizzie Boyle, C’19, at US-UK
Fulbright Summer Institute

Reflections on the Theatre
Collection at the University
of Bristol

Communications Staff