Center for Global Studies announces faculty and student awards

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Penn State recently presented $142,950  in awards to faculty members and students whose work advances research and projects in global studies. The principal mission of the center is to “cross boundaries and build bridges” by linking themes of sustainability, social justice and ethical leadership within a global context,

These awards are intended to encourage Penn State faculty and students to engage in cross-disciplinary teaching, outreach, and research that will allow for sustained and engaged dialogues on issues of vital importance to understanding key global issues facing all regions across the world.

Faculty Awards

The 2015 CGS Career Development Award

The CGS awarded individual prizes of up to $2,000 to support the professional development of early career faculty on a tenure track (having received a doctoral degree no earlier than 2009) through international research and travel.  This award was presented to Judith Sierra-Rivera, assistant professor of Spanish,  Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; and Helen Liu, assistant professor of human resource management, School of Labor and Employment Relations; and affiliated faculty, Department of Asian Studies.

Graduate Student Awards

The 2015 CGS Career Development Award

The CGS also awarded individual prizes of up to $2,000 to support the professional development of Liberal Arts doctoral students. This award was presented to the following doctoral candidates: Lauren J. Brooks, Germanic & Slavic languages and literatures; Kwok-leong Tang, history; Ryan Holroyd, history and Asian studies; and Shan Jan Sarah Liu, political science and women’s studies.

The 2015 CGS Fellow Award

Humanities graduate students Molly Appel, comparative literature, and Shakil Rabbi, English, received this award for working in the field of global studies and will be able to use their award money for further research.  The Global Studies Dissertation Fellows program operates in conjunction with the College of the Liberal Arts' Departmental Dissertation Release Awards.

The center grant augments the Department Dissertation Release Award by providing a $1,000 grant to support research-related activities for the semester in which the student has received a Department Dissertation Release Award.  In addition, award recipients will have the title of Center for Global Studies Fellow.

Summer 2015 FLAS Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships assist graduate and undergraduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. The FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Graduate students have received awards totaling $30,000 for tuition/fees and stipend to be used for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad. Awardees listed with language, major and their college include: Natalie Cake, Arabic, international affairs, School of International Affairs; Joseph DiVirgilio, Arabic, international affairs, School of International Affairs; Sarah Eissler, Portuguese, agricultural economics, sociology and education, College of Agricultural Sciences; and Benjamin Schloss, Chinese, psychology, College of the Liberal Arts.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Summer 2015 FLAS Fellowships

Undergraduate students have received awards totaling $28,000 for tuition/fees and stipend to be used for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad. Awardees listed with language, major, and their college include: Katie Bowser, Arabic, international business, Penn State Altoona; Emily Kohlman, Russian, broadcast journalism, College of Communications; Stuart McLaughlin, Russian, Spanish major, College of the Liberal Arts; and Justin Smith, Russian, English major, College of the Liberal Arts.

2015-16 Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

Undergraduate students have been offered $70,000 in tuition/fees and stipend for the 2015-16 academic year.  Awardees listed with language, major and their college include: Grace Benner, Korean, linguistics, College of the Liberal Arts; Ajibola Bolanle, Chinese, psychology, College of the Liberal Arts; Felix Huitian, Portuguese, Italian major, College of the Liberal Arts; Erika Kraus, Arabic, community, development and environment major, College of the Agricultural Sciences; Nolan McCormick, Japanese, biobehavioral health major, College of Health and Human Development.

The 2015 CGS Thesis Prize Award

Undergraduate students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective are awarded the CGS Thesis Prize. Brooke Durham, history, and Kelly Ann Diaz, comparative literature and global/international studies, received the award to further research efforts.

More information on these awards and other funding opportunities can be found at http://cgs.psu.edu/funding.shtml.  Please direct any inquiries to cgsinfo@psu.edu.

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Last Updated May 13, 2015