Press Release for Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Economics Major Selected as UK Fulbright Summer Institute Participant
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
University of North Florida sophomore Kaitlin Devi Ramirez has been selected as a Fulbright Summer Institute participant at Newcastle University in England, where she will study international politics and contemporary global change.
The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, 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 Sen. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.
As a participant, Ramirez, a Westside resident in the UNF Honors program, has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the U.K. during a five-week summer program. As an economics major, her summer course work ties in with her major, which she chose after the U.S. 2008 economic crisis. After the crisis, she closely followed economic news and events and realized how intertwined the economy is with international politics.
“This program can further teach me about the role of the state in international political economy, as I hope to be a part of that role one day,” said Ramirez. “By studying in the United Kingdom under the auspices of Fulbright, I am excited to experience and learn about the rich culture and history of the U.K.”
Ramirez plans to graduate from UNF in 2015 and serves as an elected senator in Student Government, working to improve UNF and the student experience. She is also vice president of the Osprey South Asian Association and a member of the Young Democrats.
The Fulbright Commission selects 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 program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Each year, the Commission supports around 50 undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural summer program at leading institutions in the U.S. and U.K. Nearly 300,000 men and women from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the global Fulbright Program.