Memorial University figured prominently in this year’s
cohort of Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholars. Three American recipients
of the prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright award selected Memorial
University of Newfoundland as their host institution in 2003.
Long regarded as the world's premiere academic exchange program,
the Fulbright Program attracts exceptional scholars from more
than 150 countries worldwide. Among the fastest-growing of
the bilateral exchanges is the Canada-US Fulbright Program,
which offers a unique opportunity for Canadian and American
scholars to forge new linkages and foster mutual understanding
between the two countries.
“The Canada-U.S. Fulbright awards offer a unique opportunity
to undertake important research relevant to both Canada and
the United States and allows for exchange between scholars
with the highest standards of academic excellence,”
said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University of
“It is a wonderful accomplishment to have attracted
so many Fulbright scholars to Memorial University,”
said Dr. Michael K. Hawes, executive director of the Canada-U.S.
Dr. Roger Herman, respected senior scientist and professor
emeritus at Pennsylvania State University, has produced
groundbreaking research in optical and molecular physics.
As a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Herman was hosted
by Memorial’s Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography,
where he spent two semesters teaching and conducting research
in collaboration with Memorial professor, Dr. John C. Lewis.
Meghan Beresford recently graduated from the University of
Iowa with a bachelor of arts in English and dance and is currently
pursuing a master of arts in English at Memorial under the
auspices of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. In choosing
Memorial, Beresford is returning to the birthplace of her
parents. Ms. Beresford is also writing short stories about
the people and province of Newfoundland.
Having completed a bachelor of arts in history and geology
at the University of North Carolina, Kemp Burdette is attending
classes on naval history and Newfoundland history at Memorial
University. Working with history professor Dr. Lewis Fischer,
and drawing on the extensive Maritime History Archive based
at Memorial, Mr. Burdette is also conducting research on shipping
routes and their origins. Prior to enrolling in college, Mr.
Burdette was a rescue swimmer and operations specialist in
the U.S. Navy.
With the backing of the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada and the United States Department
of State, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program has supported
over 500 scholars in high-level academic exchanges since its
inception in 1990.