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Katelyn Sullivan lands prestigious summer Fulbright

Congratulations to Katelyn Sullivan, history and philosophy and religion studies major, who is the first Rowan student to land a place in the Fulbright Summer Institute. In the past 13 years, 16 Rowan students have landed highly coveted Fulbright Program scholarships. But no Rowan student has ever landed a spot in the Fulbright Summer Institute, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs in the world.

On July 12, Sullivan, a rising junior history and philosophy and religion studies major, left for four weeks of study at the University of Exeter in Great Britain.  Her first week at Exeter has included studies focusing on the environment, sustainability, and leadership. She'll spend her final three weeks in England attending Exeter's International Summer School, where she'll study the Global and Imperial History pathway and take trips, including a three-day excursion to London.

Sullivan was selected through a rigorous application and interview process that included a review of her academic achievements and extracurricular activities. That was no problem for Sullivan, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Rowan. Her University involvement includes serving as vice president and senator of the Psi Iota chapter of Phil Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history majors, secretary for Rowan Original Works, a playwriting club, and involvement with the University's equestrian team.

Additionally, in a program spearheaded by Rowan's College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sullivan began working as an intern in January at the historic James and Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park. In addition to taking a public history course taught by Rowan's Jennifer Janofsky, the Megan M. Giordano Public History Fellow for the site, Sullivan gave tours and also conducted research for two new exhibits focusing on midwifery and yellow fever in the area in the late 1700s.

"I love to engage people with history hands-on," says Sullivan, who graduated fifth in her class at Sterling High School. "I love learning and sharing what I've learned with others."

You can read about Katelyn's experience on her blog:  http://kmarysullivan.blogspot.co.uk/

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