Global Programs announces spring 2018 Travel Grant recipients

July 17, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Twice a year, Global Programs seeks travel grant applications from faculty and graduate students. The Travel Grant program supports faculty travel related to developing global awareness, global literacy and global competency among our undergraduate population. Graduate students may apply for the grants for assistance with travel to international conferences with the goal of promoting and supporting global leadership in scholarship and international engagements.

The spring 2018 competition cycle invited applications in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate Student Travel Grants. The graduate student competition attracted a record high number of applications. Based on the review committees’ evaluations and recommendations, 64 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 32 countries on 6 continents.

Global Programs 2018 (spring cycle) Travel Grants recipients:

Faculty Travel Grants

  • Jacob Benfield, Les Murray - Penn State Abington – Iceland
  • John Gershenson - College of Engineering – Uganda
  • Pearl Gluck - Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications – Poland
  • Lori Hepner, Alandra Kahl - Penn State Greater Allegheny – Iceland
  • John Holst, Rebecca Tarlau - College of Education – Chile
  • Marc Miller - College of Arts and Architecture – Brazil
  • Angela Rothrock - College of Arts and Architecture – Australia
  • Kristin Sznajder - College of Medicine – China
  • Denice Wardrop - College of Earth and Mineral Sciences – Peru
  • Matthew Woessner - Penn State Harrisburg – Italy
  • Suzanne Wright - Smeal College of Business – Germany

Transformational Grants

  • Efrain Marimon, Ashley Patterson - College of Education – China
  • Melanie Miller Foster, Daniel Foster - College of Agricultural Sciences - Malaysia
  • Ihab Ragai - Penn State Behrend – Germany

Graduate Travel Grants

Bai Yang, Megan Baumann, Saptarshi Biswas, Cecilia Bove, Meg Boyle, Fatma Pir Cakmak, Gaston Chaumont, Qian Chen, Minkyu Choi, Jana Clinton, Courtney Clyburn, Wyatt Cutler, Miaoqiang Dai, Julio Diarte, Bethany Doan, Emily Dowgwillo, Alison Franklin, Sagun Giri, Amy Goodling, Min Gu, Natalie Imirzian, Benjamin Johnson, Nathan Keilbart, Kirsten Kelmelis, Robert Leary, Xi Liu, Sarah Ludwig-Dehm, Maria Molina-Davila, Travis Morrison, Kyra Murrell, Neda Nasiriani, Ciara Newton, Vernelle Noel, John Ostrander, Paulo Paes, Shauna-kay Rainford, Nicole Roberts, Kevin Rosenfield, Andrew Rowland, Judith Sciafani, Christian Scott, Laura Stelson, Alicia Vallorani, Naomi Yamada and Xalli Zuniga.

For more information, visit Global Penn State Travel Grants or email

Last Updated June 02, 2021