Kevin Bishop was looking for something more from his college education. The second-year student from Washington County had picked Oregon State electrical engineering because he’s interested in technology — integrated circuits to be precise. And he enrolled in the University Honors College where he could take advantage of opportunities to do research and participate in smaller classes.
But he knows that engineers need a global perspective to be successful. So he decided to go after a long shot. He applied for a summer institute in Scotland through the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
“No one here had applied to this program before, so the process was challenging,” he said. “But I was surprised when I got an interview and then, about a week later, a letter accepting me into the program. I’m still a little in shock. I was thrilled to learn that I had been selected.”
In July and August, Bishop will spend five weeks in Scotland at the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde learning about Scottish culture, art, history and science. He’ll participate in field trips to learn about innovations in technology and the political forces that shape the country.
“I’m excited to learn through the lens of another culture. I’ve been keeping an eye open for art festivals and other opportunities,” he said. “My dad is an artist, and I’ve been surrounded by art my whole life.”
The Fulbright Commission offers grants at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels for study in any discipline and at any accredited institution in the US and UK, as well as a number of special exchanges programs for shorter projects or for younger scholars. For more information visit www.fulbright.org.uk.