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SUBJECT: Memorial University welcomes three recipients of prestigious Canada-US Fulbright award
DATE: Jan. 19, 2004

St. John's, NL, Jan. 19, 2004 - Memorial University figured prominently in this year's cohort of Canada-US Fulbright scholars. Three American recipients of the prestigious Canada-US Fulbright award selected Memorial University of Newfoundland as their host institution in 2003.

"I am pleased to welcome each of these outstanding Fulbright scholars to Memorial," said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University of Newfoundland. "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."

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.

"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-US Fulbright Program.

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-US 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. Ms. Beresford is currently pursuing a master of arts in English at Memorial University under the auspices of the Canada-US Fulbright Program. In choosing Memorial, Ms. Beresford is returning to the birthplace of her parents, both of whom are originally from Newfoundland. She 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 US 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 five hundred scholars in high-level academic exchanges since its inception in 1990.

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