April 19, 2012
Provost Presents Students with National Scholarship Recognition Awards
E. Gary Shapiro, Executive Vice President/Provost, presented six CMU students with the National Scholarship Recognition Award at this year’s Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. The award spotlights students who have been named an official CMU nominee or recipient to a select group of prestigious and highly coveted national and international scholar programs.
April 17, 2012
CMU Student Notified of Fulbright Award
Central Michigan University senior Stephanie Jaczkowski of Clinton Township has received notification that she has been awarded a Fulbright grant and was one of 10 applicants from across the nation to be offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Poland.
Approximately 1,700 grants are offered annually through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and there were nearly 10,000 applications received for the 2012-13 competition.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and the people of other countries. Jaczkowski is the fourth student in CMU history offered a Fulbright award.
This distinguished academic award will provide Jaczkowski the opportunity to teach English at the University of Gdańsk in northern Poland, where she studied abroad in 2010.
“I had a study trip to visit Gdańsk when I studied abroad two years ago, and the thought of applying for a Fulbright scholarship hadn’t even crossed my mind,” said Jaczkowski, a political science and integrative public relations double major. “Being offered this scholarship is a culmination of all the hard work I’ve done, and it shows what happens when you take advantage of opportunities people give to you.”
Jaczkowski said she is proud of her Polish heritage and that Polish culture has been a part of her life since her dad, Joseph, introduced her to Polish dancing when she was 4 years old. In 2008, she was the American Polish Century Club Heritage Princess, a contest based on knowledge of Polish culture.
It is because of her interest in Poland and her strong academic background that Phame Camarena, director of the CMU Honors and National Scholarship programs, strongly encouraged Jaczkowski to apply for the Fulbright.
“When I first met Stephanie she had just returned from her trip to Poland,” said Camarena. “She was so excited and committed to continue working in Poland that it was a natural fit for her to apply for this scholarship.”
Studying in Poland through the Fulbright award will help Jaczkowski develop her Polish language skills. She said she plans to attend graduate school and study public policy as well as Russian and Eastern European studies. She aspires to work in Washington, D.C., as an analyst of Eastern European politics and potentially return to Poland.
Jim Wojcik is a CMU journalism faculty member who has taught Jaczkowski in public relations courses and oversaw her program internship with the National Taxpayers Union.
“I’m so happy for her. She’s a really hard-working student who’s not afraid to take chances and is not afraid to fail,” Wojcik said. “I like seeing that excitement and passion in the students.”
Throughout her years at CMU, Jaczkowski has been active in the university’s Honors Program and College Republicans as well as attending conferences throughout the state and nation.
She also has completed internships with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and with the National Taxpayers Union in Washington, D.C.
“Everything I’ve done is interrelated, and it’s happened like a domino effect,” Jaczkowski said. “Each time I’d take advantage of one opportunity, it led to another and then another. Hopefully it all will continue on to something bigger.”
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Sophomore Jaime Coon of Hamilton has been named the CMU 2012 Udall Scholar nominee in recognition for her dedication to environmental issues and her demonstrated commitment to a career in the environmental field.
The Udall Foundation was created in 1992 by the U.S. Congress as a tribute to Morris K. Udall for his 30-year career in the House of Representatives. Congress later amended the name to include Morris’ brother Stewart L. Udall in recognition of his years of public service.
The foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to outstanding college and university sophomores and juniors planning careers related to environmental or Native American policy. Scholars will also be invited to participate in a special assemblage of policy makers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health and governance in Tucson, AZ.
An Honors student and Centralis Scholar, Coon’s primary interests are ecology and sustainability. Her major is pre-graduate biology with a solid foundation in ecology. Her minor is global justice with an emphasis on the importance of taking action. She and her interdisciplinary team of CMU advisors created this diversified but focused undergraduate program of study in preparation for her desire to pursue a PhD as a research ecologist in order to utilize scientific knowledge for environmental and social activism.
Coon is engaged in both social and biological research, journalistic writing, public service and social action. She is participating in the New Venture Competition as future CEO of Energize Education!, which is partnering with the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems to provide energy audits to underprivileged public school districts. She is also a student researcher in the phylogenetics lab studying and collecting genetic and physical data to analyze the possibility of multiple species of anole lizards under the direction of assistant professor Kirsten Nicholson in the Department of Biology and Natural History.
Coon volunteers at the Wildlife Recovery Association, a birds of prey rehabilitation nonprofit organization, where she assists with statewide wildlife education programs and birds of prey rehabilitation. She also volunteers in natural history education programs at the Chippewa Nature Center.
Coon’s interdisciplinary advisors are Brigitte Bechtold, professor and chair of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work; Phame Camarena, director of the University Honors Program; Amy Ford, assistant professor in the English Department; Kirsten Nicholson; and Charles Novitski, associate professor in the Department of Biology.
The foundation will announce this year’s Udall Scholars in April.
February 24, 2012
Maylee Nominated to Compete for Truman Scholarship
Erica Maylee of Mount Pleasant, a junior Honors student with a major in political science and minor in leadership, has been named the 2012 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee.
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official memorial to the nation’s 33rd president. The foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service.
Candidates must propose a solution to a public policy issue as part of their application. Truman scholars are chosen on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of “making a difference.”
Maylee is preparing for a career in international relations focusing on justice and human rights and plans to pursue a Ph.D. Her policy proposal addresses her commitment to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) and support the principles of restorative justice within the Court. She also seeks to inspire an American grassroots movement encouraging the U.S. government to ratify the Court’s governing document (the Rome Statute).
Last summer, Maylee studied the ICC in the Netherlands in partnership with Leiden University’s Grotius Center (a historic institution known for its work in international justice). In March, she will return to the Netherlands to attend this year’s conference of the International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN). While at the conference, Maylee will present her paper, Realizing Restorative Justice, which compares the ICC’s Outreach Program to the Protection Plan of a non-governmental organization – Invisible Children. Maylee earned travel support to present from the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Political Science, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the University Honors Program.
Maylee is president of CMU’s chapter of the ICCSN. She organized and applied for a nearly $1,000 grant allowing the chapter to attend the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Conference at the United Nations in December 2011. She writes weekly about the ASP and ICC on romestatute.com for readers worldwide. She has also blogged for IJCentral, The Hague Justice Portal and the American Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Along with the CMU Ethics Center, she discusses global issues, philosophy, politics and the ICC on weekly internet radio shows with EthicsTalk.
Maylee stated in her application that she takes an avid interest in public service, and to be a servant for one’s community, state or country would be an incredible honor, and her personal dream.
Edward Hinck, professor in Communication & Dramatic Arts, is the Truman Scholarship faculty representative and coordinates the CMU nomination application process along with the assistance from the National Scholarship Program. Hope May, professor of Philosophy, is her advisor.
Feb. 3, 2012
Maraskine Named CMU Goldwater Scholarship Nominee
Marina Maraskine of Midland is Central Michigan University’s 2012 Goldwater Scholarship nominee. She is one of nearly 1,100 college and university students from across the nation to be nominated for this honor.
Congress established the Goldwater Scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, who served for 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The awards go to outstanding college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Institutions are permitted to nominate a limited number of students each year with the nomination representing a significant recognition in itself.
Maraskine, a junior in biomedical sciences and chemistry, proposed research on “A nanomedical solution to targeted drug delivery.” She is currently and will continue conducting her research under the direction of Professor Ajit Sharma in the Department of Chemistry. At this time, she is working on the preparation and characterization of a nanomedical delivery vehicle. She plans to formally present her work within the next year.
Upon graduation, Maraskine plans to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. program and continue nanomedical research. She is interested in targeted drug delivery as a method of treating diseases while reducing side effects that can pose risks to otherwise healthy systems. Following graduate school, she hopes to work as a medical scientist developing new drug delivery techniques and working with patients.
The CMU Goldwater Scholarship committee this year was composed of David Ash, professor and chairperson of the Department of Chemistry; Kathleen Benison, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Phame Camarena, director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program; Koblar Alan Jackson, professor and chairperson of the Department of Physics; Kristina Lemmer, assistant professor in the School of Engineering & Technology; and Bin Li, professor and chairperson in the Department of Geography.
January 2, 2012
CMU Nominates Two Students to Compete for Fulbright Grants
CMU seniors Stephanie Jaczkowski and Alex Strong have been nominated to compete for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program to serve in Poland and Korea. The Fulbright Program is regarded as the largest US international education exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the US and people of other countries.
The Fulbright ETA Program places US students as English teaching assistants in schools and universities overseas. Placements offer students the opportunity to increase their foreign language skills and knowledge of the host country while improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the US. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
Stephanie Jaczkowski, an Honors student and Centralis Scholar from Clinton Township, has been nominated for an ETA in Poland. She is a Political Science and Integrative Public Relations major and Legal Studies minor.
Jaczkowski studied International Politics at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland in 2010, completed a research internship at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan in 2010, and interned at the National Taxpayers Union in Washington DC in 2011. Jaczkowski has been active with the Michigan Republican Party since 2009 and the College Republications since 2008.
Jaczkowski volunteers with the Honors Program and mentors honors freshmen. She spent many years volunteering weekly at the American Polish Assistance Association in Eastpointe, Mich., where she helped organize packages to support orphanages in Eastern Europe. Jaczkowski was a student teacher for the Zajaczek Dance Ensemble in Sterling Heights, Mich. and danced with the Song and Dance Ensemble at the Warsaw School of Economics.
If awarded, Jaczkowski will be placed as an assistant teacher in English classes at a Polish university. Her position will combine teaching and educational advising, and she will work on an independent study/research project.
Alex Strong, an Honors student and Centralis Scholar from Ithaca, is CMU’s nominee for an ETA in Korea. He is a Music Education/Instrumental Music major and Trombone minor.
Strong is passionate about music, particularly jazz, and has devoted much of his life to studying, performing and teaching jazz. Although he has mastered many instruments, including the cello, bass, and piano, he especially dedicated to the trombone.
His catalog of performances are numerous and range from jazz bands, concert bands, marching bands, chamber orchestras, pit orchestras, and international jazz festivals. He has also had his own music arrangements featured at various recitals.
Strong is a trombone instructor for the CMU Community Music School, has provided individual instruction through his own trombone studio, and has spent many summers teaching and working at various music camps.
If Strong is awarded an ETA, he will study Korean before leaving the US. In Korea, he will be placed at an elementary or secondary school.