Sophomore Meredith Perkins was selected for a three-week Fulbright UK Summer Institute. Hosted by Aberystwyth University, Wales, the institute will focus on the theme ‘Identity and Nationhood through the lens of Wales.’ Perkins is only the second Miami student to be selected for this program.
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programs for U.S. undergraduate students, typically in their first or second year of study, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants are encouraged to explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.
Perkins will study abroad at a critical juncture in the politics of Wales, the UK and wider Europe. The program provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of economic and social change, structural and political reform, the relationship of the monarchy with the Welsh nation in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the implications of dynamics such as migration for the politics of identity and nationhood and shifting perceptions of Welsh identity and nationhood. Through a combination of taught sessions and field trips, the program explores these issues from a Welsh, British, and international perspective.
At Miami, Perkins is a Presidential Fellow and a Scholar Leader. She also serves as a consultant for the Howe Writing Center and as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions.
Miamians who are interested in exploring Fulbright opportunities are invited to contact Miami's Fulbright Program advisor Karla Guinigundo.