Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 10, 2011


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will host a Capstone Seminar in Washington, DC for 36 International Fulbright Science & Technology (S&T) Fellows from 32 countries who are pursuing their Ph.D. studies at top U.S. programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The Capstone focuses on international scientific collaboration. Fulbright S&T Fellows will develop networks with the U.S. and international scientific community in Washington, meet U.S. Government officials and diplomats from the embassies of their home countries, attend a briefing by the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor at the White House, as well as participate in cultural events. The Capstone also provides students with the opportunity to explain their research to a broad audience of the science and diplomatic sectors and marks the conclusion of Fellows’ sponsorship by ECA.

The press is welcome to attend an event hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fulbright S&T partner. Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will deliver a keynote address. A reception and poster session will follow, where S&T Fellows display posters explain and discuss their research projects with the public. The keynote address and reception will take place on Tuesday, June 14, at 4:00 pm at AAAS (1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). Interviews with a U.S. Department of State Fulbright spokesperson and Fulbright S&T Fellows can be arranged upon request. Press attendance is by RSVP only – contact information below.

The International Fulbright Science & Technology Award is sponsored by ECA and provides exceptional foreign students with the opportunity to pursue Ph.D. studies at top U.S. university programs in STEM fields. It is designed to be the most prestigious international scholarship in science and technology and to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to welcoming top-notch future researchers and leaders to pursue scientific study and research at U.S. institutions.

Media Contacts: Gerard Doran, DoranGW@state.gov, (202) 632-3242, or John Fleming, FlemingJT2@state.gov, 202-632-6454.



PRN: 2011/937