Wood '19 receives Fulbright Summer Institute placement

Wood '19 receives Fulbright Summer Institute placement

Monday, May 9, 2016

Madison WoodMadison Wood ’19 has accepted an offer from the US-UK Fulbright Commission to study in a Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Exeter on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs.

“I was incredibly excited to learn that I had been awarded a place,” said Wood, who majors in chemical engineering at UNH. “The program is a wonderful opportunity for me to study the issues of climate change from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.”

As a Fulbright participant, Wood will attend a four-week program at the University of Exeter focused on Issues in Climate Change. Students will learn about environmental changes and its consequences through both fieldwork and classroom learning.

“I am interested in applications of chemical engineering research to renewable energy and the environment,” said Wood, who will begin the program in late June. “I hope to gain a new perspective on the work the UK is doing to mitigate climate change and develop renewable energy.”

Wood, a recipient of the Presidential and Tyco scholarships, was recently elected as president of the UNH chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She is also a member of the UNH Crew team and the College of Engineering and Physical Science’s STEMbassadors program.

The US-UK Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. The commission looks for academic excellence, focused application, range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, desire to further the Fulbright Programme and plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Wood is only the second UNH student ever selected for the program (the first was mechanical engineering student Paige Balcom in 2014).Wood said she is excited to emerge herself in the culture in addition to the academic experience. Upon her return to UNH in the fall, she will conduct research in Dr. Yi’s lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

“Madison was able to link the curriculum to her own interests as a chemical engineering major with an interest in renewable energy and biofuels,” said Jeanne Sokolowski, director of the Office of National Fellowships, who worked with Wood on the application. “She brought her application to life by describing her experiences growing up in a solar-powered home and as an active ambassador for the growth of 4-H in Vermont.”

The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

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

Madison’s application was supported by the University of New Hampshire Office of National Fellowships. UNH students interested in applying in the future should contact the Office. Freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of 3.7+ are eligible to apply. 

Established in 2005, the UNH Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel, and editorial support to highly motivated and high achieving students applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships like the SMART Scholarship. Interested students are encouraged to contact the director, Jeanne Sokolowski, at Jeanne.sokolowski@unh.edu or 603-862-0733.


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