Isabelle Russell.
Isabelle Russell. Contributed

Isabelle overseas bound

A UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast Science student is packing her bags for Europe after receiving a 50,000 Euro ($AUD76,000) scholarship to study in a competitive international Masters program.

Isabelle Russell, 22, was one of just 35 students chosen worldwide for the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), which will see her studying in Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany over the next two years.

Isabelle, who grew up in Woodford, will begin her European study experience in August with a summer school at Uppsala University in Sweden.

She said she was thrilled to be pursuing her passion for science at the internationally renowned universities.

They include the University of Gronigen in the Netherlands, the University of Montpellier II in France and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany.

“I was stunned to receive the letter saying that I’d received a 50,000 Euro scholarship that would cover all my tuition, travel and living expenses – I don’t think it sunk in for days that it was actually happening,” Isabelle said.

“I’ve never lived overseas before, but I think it’s going to be a great experience.”


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