Center for Global Studies announces faculty and student awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Center for Global Studies (CGS) recently presented $361,500 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 2016 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 2010) through international research and travel. This award was presented to Julie Kleinman, assistant professor of French and Francophone studies and African studies, and Lior Betzalel Sternfeld, assistant professor of history and Jewish studies.

Graduate Student Awards

The 2016 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 Hyoun-A Joo, Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures.

The 2016 CGS Fellow Award

Humanities graduate students Grant Berry, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and Andres Amerikaner, comparative literature, received the CGS Fellow 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 2016 Foreign Language and Area Studies 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 $22,500 for tuition/fees and stipend to be used for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad. Awardees listed with language and major include: Samantha Billing, Miskito, history; Jennifer Gibbs, Arabic, international affairs; Lubna Safi, Arabic, comparative literature.

2016-17 Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

Graduate students have received awards totaling $165,000 for tuition/fees and stipend to be used during the 2016-17 academic year for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad. Awardees listed with language and major(s) include: Irenae Aigbedion, Portuguese, comparative literature; Eden Kinkaid, Hindi, geography; Nathan Lawrence, Arabic, international affairs; Tiffany Louk, Chinese, international affairs; Kendra McDuffie, Japanese, comparative literature.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships

Undergraduate students have received awards totaling $90,000 for tuition/fees and stipend to be used for intensive foreign language study in the U.S. or abroad. Awardees listed with language and major(s) include: Katie Bowser, Arabic, international business, Penn State Altoona; Kylie Doran, Russian, anthropology and Russian; Brenna Fisher, Russian, criminology and sociology; Phelim Giblin, Arabic, international politics and history; Katrina Hartman, Russian, Russian; Vance Holtenrichs, Russian, German and Russian; Jonathan Lui, Chinese, English and comparative literature; Stuart McLaughlin, Russian, Spanish and Russian; Valerie Osipov, Russian, advertising and public relations; Marina San Miguel, Russian, engineering; Robert Voorhees, Russian, international politics and Russian; Brian Zdancewicz, Russian, letters, arts, and sciences and Russian.

2016-17 Academic Year FLAS Fellowships

Undergraduate students have been offered $75,000 in tuition/fees and stipend for the 2016-17 academic year.  Awardees listed with language and major(s) include: Daniel Keifer, Russian, history and Russian; Susan Amidon, Chinese, Chinese; Nolan McCormick, Japanese, biobehavioral health; Natalia Nigay, Russian, engineering and Russian; Kayla Zoschg, Arabic, letters, arts, and sciences.

The 2016 CGS Thesis Prize Award

Undergraduate students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective are awarded the CGS Thesis Prize. Megan Biek, international politics, and Elyse Mark, English and Chinese, received the award to further research efforts.

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

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The Center for Global Studies

Last Updated May 17, 2016