Center for Global Studies presents faculty and student awards

May 09, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Global Studies (CGS) recently presented awards to faculty members and students whose work crosses boundaries and builds bridges by linking themes of sustainability, social justice, and ethical leadership within a global context.  In so doing, the awards encourage recipients to engage in cross-disciplinary teaching, outreach and research that allow for sustained and engaged dialogues on issues of vital importance to understanding key global issues.

Awards presented and 2017 recipients include:

  • Faculty Career Development Award — Ran Zwigenberg, assistant professor of Asian studies, history, and Jewish Studies
  • Graduate Student Career Development Award — Bin Chen (history); Johann Le Guelte (French and Francophone studies); Xiaoran He (history and Asian studies)
  • Graduate Fellow Award — Xiangyun Xu (history)
  • Summer 2017 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Graduate Fellowships — Samantha Billing (history); Yucatec Maya (history); Sara Davis (Spanish and Portuguese); Katrina Ihrer (Arabic and international affairs); Eden Kinkaid (Hindi and geography); Aubrey Waddick (Chinese, political science, and Asian studies)
  • 2017-18 Academic Year FLAS Graduate Fellowships — Lauren Fritzsche (Arabic and geography); Derek Gideon (Arabic and comparative literature); Stephanie Lopez (Japanese and comparative literature); Samantha Shoppell (Japanese, art, and education); Marie Louise Ryan (Hindi and geography).
  • Summer 2017 FLAS Undergraduate Fellowships — Maria Alleto (Russian and political science); Celeste Belknap (Russian and music performance); Grace Benner (Korean, linguistics, and teaching English as second language (graduate); Kylie Doran (Russian and anthropology); Alexander Goncalves (Portuguese and philosophy); Elijah Kelsey (Russian and linguistics); Emily Kohlman (Russian and media studies); Daniel Kozar (Arabic and environmental systems engineering); Ross Michael (Arabic and supply chain and information systems); Azniv Nalbandian (Russian and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies); Logan Paiste (Chinese, classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, and Jewish studies)
  • 2017-18 Academic Year FLAS Undergraduate Fellowships — Benjamin Black (Chinese and international affairs); Jason Cornelius (Russian and aerospace engineering); Emily Kohlman (Russian and media studies); Azniv Nalbandian Russian and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies); Emily Yocom (Japanese and international politics)
  • Undergraduate Thesis Awards — Aviva Doery (international politics and global and international studies); Susan Nahvi (international politics and French); Megan Cichocki (economics and international politics); Marlana Bosley (international relations and Chinese)

Additional information on these awards and other CGS funding opportunities can be found at or by emailing the center at

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Last Updated May 10, 2017