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April 16, 2019

First Student in CMU History Receives Prestigious Boren Fellowship

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


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Emily Dimet, a Master's student in International Administration, has been selected by the National Security Education Program to receive a prestigious Boren Fellowship for intensive Hindi language study in India. Emily is the first CMU student to receive this recognition! 

Emily has committed to a full year of intensive language study, beginning with a summer language program at Wisconsin-Madison University, followed by two semesters of language study at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Jaipur, India. Upon completion of the Boren Fellowship, Emily will return to CMU to complete her Master's degree before working for at least one year for the federal government, in fulfillment of the Boren Fellowship goals. Ultimately, Emily hopes to pursue a career at the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) which supports the effort "to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships."

Congratulations Emily!


Two CMU Students Receive Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

March 26, 2019

Grace Pawluszka, an Honors student from Warren, MI, majoring in Music Education, has been offered a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Slovak Republic. Read more about Grace and her hopes for this exciting experience here.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 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 over 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Congratulations Grace!


March 14, 2019

Josh Briscoe, a senior from Limerick, Pennsylvania,​ majoring in International Relations and Cultural and Global Studies, has been offered a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to South Korea. Read more about Josh and what he will be doing in South Korea next year.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 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 over 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Congratulations Josh!



March 13, 2019

Fulbright Day 2019: The International Mind and the Fulbright Legacy

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2018-2019 Fulbright Semi-Finalists



February 20, 2019

CMU Nominates Two Students to Compete for Boren Fellowships

The National Scholarship Program is pleased to announce two CMU students who have been nominated for the David L. Boren Fellowship. Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Competition results will be announced in mid to late April.


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Anjam Chaudhary, a doctoral student in Educational Leadership, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Boren Fellowship for intensive Arabic language study in South Africa. Anjam already speaks several Boren preference languages fluently, including Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi, and she writes and reads Arabic, but by strengthening her Arabic speaking skills through the Boren Fellowship, she will bring well rounded language abilities to a future career in the Department of Homeland Security.

Anjam's current doctoral research focuses on intercultural competence acquisition and development. In addition to Arabic language study, she has proposed to explore the intercultural development of the South Asian population, especially Muslims, in South Africa. Durban, South Africa is home to a large population of Muslims of Indian and Pakistani descent, and unlike Europe and the United States, the Muslim community is accepted as an integral part of the society of non-Muslim peoples. Through this investigation, Anjam hopes to gain a better understanding of how the many races and religions live together peacefully, the challenges they face, and the efforts implemented to maintain peace among the various groups. She hopes to use the lessons learned in South Africa to develop strategies that could be applied in the United States, and other countries, to decrease any alienation and segregation between peoples practicing Islam and other religions.

If selected to receive the Boren Fellowship, Anjam will spend 3-4 months in South Africa, beginning with a CMU class titled, "Education in Post-Apartheid and South Africa," followed by a 12-16-week course in the Arabic Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town.


Emily Dimet Boren Photo.jpgEmily Dimet, a Master's student in International Administration, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Boren Fellowship for intensive Hindi language study in India. India's increasing population, rapidly growing economy, and expanding representation worldwide, are some of the factors that make strengthening India's partnership with the United States important to U.S. national security.

Emily is not new to language learning. She has previously studied Spanish in Dominican Republic and Peru, French in Canada, and Mandarin in China. These experiences have taught her the importance of immersing oneself in the local language to achieve stronger language development, and in order to create positive relationships within the host culture. If awarded the Boren Fellowship, Emily will commit a year to intensive language study, first in a summer program at Wisconsin-Madison University, followed by two semesters of language study at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Jaipur, India. Having spent two years teaching English as a second language in Shanghai, China, while learning Mandarin, Emily is excited to focus solely on her own language study and hopes to reach an advanced level of proficiency in Hindi by the end of the fellowship period.

Ultimately, Emily plans to pursue a career at the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) which supports the effort "to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through … exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships."



February 14, 2019

CMU Nominates Student to Compete for Truman Scholarship

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Created by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation's purpose is to recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. The scholarship provides students with financial support, leadership training, and access to a network of like-minded individuals committed to the greater good.       

Anna Dean, a CMU Honors student and Leader Advancement Scholar, majoring in Political Science and History, has been nominated by CMU to compete for a 2019 Truman Scholarship. She plans to earn a J.D. to prepare herself to pursue a career in public service but in 
truth, her commitment to service began much earlier. In high school Anna was recognized for volunteering in her community, and on political campaigns, with awards like the Congressional Medal of Merit, the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award, and the Rochester Area Youth Assistance Recognition Award. Her service continued in college and she is currently involved in the Register, Educate, Vote initiative (president – 2019, and vice president – 2018), College Republicans, Student Government Association, and College Volunteers Facilitators Corps, just to name a few.
 
The Truman Scholarship Foundation highlights the importance of supporting those who wish to serve as “change agents,” working to make the world a better place for all. In addition to her ongoing community service, Anna has pursued numerous opportunities to prepare herself for the challenges of public service, including internships with Michigan State Representative Roger Hauck, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, and Mt. Pleasant Mayor Allison Quast-Lents, as well as serving as the Executive Field Director for Rick Outman for State Senate Campaign, and Campaign Manager for Stephanie Morita for City Council.
 
If selected to receive the $30,000 Truman Scholarship, Anna hopes to use the award to attend law school at Georgetown University or George Washington University.



January 29, 2019

Seven CMU students selected as semi-finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants

 Isabella Barricklow                 Josh Briscoe                     Ian Callison                   Catherine Conners


 Audrey Hartson                Grace Pawluszka                Rachel Stelman


National Screening Committees for the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced recently that seven CMU students, Isabella Barricklow, Josh Briscoe, Ian Callison, Catherine Conners, Audrey Hartson, Grace Pawluszka and Rachel Stelman, have been selected as semi-finalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants.  Their applications have been forwarded to the appropriate supervising agencies in their respective host countries for the international stage of the competition.

Isabella Barricklow, from Ann Arbor, MI is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia. Josh Briscoe, from Limerick, Pennsylvania is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in South Korea.  Ian Callison, a Master's student in Political Science, from Gaylord, Michigan, is competing for a Fulbright Research Grant in Nepal.  Catherine Conners, from Traverse City, Michigan, is competing for an ETA in Indonesia.  Audrey Hartson, from Fort Gratiot, Michigan, is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant in Ireland.  Grace Pawluszka, from Warren, Michigan, is competing for a Fulbright ETA in the Slovak Republic.  Rachel Stelman, from Clarkston, Michigan, is competing for a Fulbright Eta in Italy.

Being selected as a semi-finalist at the national level is an honor in itself. These students now move to the next stage of the selection process at the international level. Finalists will be announced this spring.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support.  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 over 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by IIE.


January 22, 2019

The International Mind and the Fulbright Legacy 

Friday, February 8 at 3 pm - Park Library Auditorium

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for a roundtable discussion on the role of international understanding in the Peace Movement, and how U.S. programs like Fulbright promote these efforts.  In addition to discussing the United States' pursuit of peace through cultural and academic exchange, panelists will discuss international opportunities at CMU, including how the work of CMU's National Scholarship Program can help students participate in these programs.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Hope Elizabeth May - CMU Professor of Philosophy and Religion, & 2018 Fulbright Scholar in South Korea;
  • Ben Harris – J.D. Candidate at University of Chicago Law School, 2014 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, & CMU/Honors Program alumnus;
  • Isabella Barricklow – Current CMU Honors student, & 2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Nominee in Colombia

Hors d'oeuvres reception to follow in the Baber Room, Park Library

Sponsored by the National Scholarship Program, the Center for International Ethics, the Office of International Affairs, and the Honors Program.

Contact Maureen Harke at harke1ma@cmich.edu with any questions about this special event. 


November 20, 2018

Nine Students to Compete for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents nine outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 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 over 160 countries worldwide.​

Semi-finalists will be announced by the Institute for International Education in late January. Finalists will be notified in early to late spring.

Isabella BarricklowEnglish Teaching Assistant Nominee - Colombia

Isabella Barricklow.jpgBella Barricklow, an Honors student from Ann Arbor, MI, majoring in English Literatures, Language and Writing, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia. Bella has completed several teaching and tutoring experiences, as a writing consultant at the CMU Writing Center, teaching English to both high school and college-aged exchange students, a conversation partner, and as an assistant teacher for Spanish-speaking students in Spanish classes, just to name a few. Her study abroad experiences have prepared her in the following ways to undertake a Fulbright in Colombia: in Cuba she improved her Spanish fluency and immersed herself in a new culture, and at The Hauge, Netherlands, she became familiar with the roles and responsibilities of U.S. ambassadors and diplomats. Both international experiences impressed upon her the importance of creating mutual understanding between cultures and individuals. Bella’s career goals include teaching English at a university in a Spanish-speaking country or underserved area of the U.S.


Josh Briscoe: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - South Korea

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Josh Briscoe, an Honors student from Limerick, Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations and Cultural and Global Studies, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. He is also completing a Cultural Competency Certificate which will prepare him for the Fulbright goal of building mutual understanding between cultures. Josh has a strong interest in culture. He studied abroad at Korea University in South Korea during the summer following his first year at CMU, and he has since returned to South Korea multiple times over his undergraduate experience to study, and twice for internships with The Homer Hulbert Memorial Society. Josh's deep interest in international study also led him to complete a semester long study abroad in Singapore.  Josh is looking forward to teaching in a formal setting in South Korea while giving back to the country that has helped shape his undergraduate experience. Josh’s career goal is to earn a doctorate in political science and become university professor.


Ian Callison: Research Grant Nominee - Nepal

Ian Callison.jpgIan Callison, a Master’s student in Political Science, from Gaylord, MI, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research grant in Nepal. Ian’s interest in Asia began with his first undergraduate study abroad experience to Singapore. The following year, Ian also completed a summer internship at the China Daily in Beijing. If awarded a Fulbright research grant, Ian will conduct fieldwork in Nepal investigating the impact of Pro-Government Militias (PGMs) on forced migration. Ian currently serves as the graduate student coordinator of the Honors International Peer Partner Program, an organization which partners CMU U.S. students with international students to engage in cultural exchange activities. Ian also serves as a Graduate student advisor with the Refugee Outreach Collective, a Student Organization built around refugee advocacy, philanthropy, and service. Ultimately, he plans to earn a Ph.D. and conduct research focused on conflict and forced migration.


Catherine Conners: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Indonesia

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Catherine Conners, an Honors student from Traverse City, MI, majoring in English for Secondary Education and History for Secondary Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia. Catherine brings a wide variety of relevant experiences to the process including her formal degree training, working as a Writing Center consultant, tutoring math and English, and completing an international pre-student teaching experience in Ireland. Catherine is particularly interested in Indonesia for the emphasis on the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic demographics of the area and the role that an ETA grantee would play as a cultural ambassador. Indonesia also focuses on rural placements and Catherine is looking forward to opportunities to immerse herself in the host community culture. Upon finishing her Bachelor of Science in Education, she intends to finish her Master's in History and teach either English or History in a high school setting.


Francesca Ferrara: Study Grant Nominee - The Netherlands

Francesca Ferrara.jpgFrancesca Ferrara, an Honors student from Bloomfield Hills, MI, majoring in philosophy and accounting, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant to be admitted to an LLM program in Globalization and Law at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The program at Maastricht University offers a dual-focus on Human Rights and International Business. Francesca is dedicated to both disciplines. Francesca has spent several summers interning at an international accounting firm, which allowed her to develop knowledge of international business and tax law, and she also participated in the University of Pennsylvania Law School Global Institute for Human Rights Summer Program. The Netherlands is a natural fit for Francesca’s studies because it is home to the International Criminal Court as well as other bodies instrumental to international law. Francesca is looking forward to immersing herself in the culture and traditions of The Netherlands while completing her studies. Francesca’s goal is to eventually earn a Juris Doctorate Degree, and ultimately, she hopes to work in The Hague. 


Daniel Harazin: Binational Internship Program Nominee - Mexico

Dan Harazin.jpgDan Harazin, an Honors student from Bridgman, MI, majoring in Spanish for Business and Sports Management, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Binational Internship Grant in Mexico. An internship in Mexico will provide Dan with opportunities to build mutual understanding between peoples of the U.S. and Mexico, to experience Mexican corporate culture, and to improve his Spanish fluency. He has actively pursued opportunities throughout his undergraduate education to learn about Latino cultures, through a class that traveled to Miami, Florida; volunteering in orphanages in Oaxaca, Mexico; and he will travel to Querétaro, México in spring 2019 to engage in a semester long internship in addition to taking business classes at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.  If selected for the Fulbright, Dan will spend a year in Mexico and then enroll in graduate school to earn an MBA with a concentration in international business.


Audrey Hartson: Study Grant Nominee - Ireland

Audrey Hartson.jpgAudrey Hartson, an Honors student from Fort Gratiot, MI, majoring in Music and Child Development, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant in Ireland. If selected to receive the Fulbright study grant, Audrey would complete a Master of Arts degree in Irish Music Studies at the University of Limerick. Although she has visited Ireland previously, a year of formal academic study at the University of Limerick would provide Audrey the opportunity to be fully immersed in the culture, tradition, and community of Irish music, experiences which will prepare her for a future career in teaching and performing. Audrey’s love of Irish music began at a young age and she has played traditional Irish music throughout her life, completing masterclasses with Seamus Eagan and Winifred Horan of the Irish American band Solas. She hopes to use her experience as a performer and teacher of Irish traditional music to influence community music programming, and to foster creative and personal relationships between Ireland and the United States


Grace Pawluszka: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Slovakia

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Grace Pawluszka, an Honors student from Warren, MI, majoring in Music Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Slovak Republic. Grace has studied abroad in Slovakia previously, completing Rusyn language and culture courses at the University of Presov. She is looking forward to returning to Slovakia to deepen her understanding of the culture. By using her talents as an instrumental musician, vocalist, and dancer, she hopes to engage with her host community by joining a folk ensemble with a goal of expanding her knowledge of Slovak culture and folklore. In return, she would like to incorporate songs and dances acquired in Slovakia into her future music classroom to educate students on the rich history and culture within Central Europe. Grace has a passion for teaching, and her goal is to become a music educator who provides students with the tools to see the beauty through appreciation of music, culture, and the arts.


Rachel Stelman: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Italy

Rachel Stelman.jpgRachel Stelman, an Honors student from Clarkston, MI, majoring in Mathematics – Elementary Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Italy. Rachel has served in several teaching and tutoring roles during her undergraduate education, including being an Honors teaching assistant, teaching English to children in orphanages in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she is currently completing her student teaching. To further strengthen her skills in the classroom, Rachel studied abroad in Italy, taking a class focused on the teaching approach used in many Italian elementary schools, “Italian/International Educational Approaches: Reggio and Montessori.”  She said, “I have developed a foundational understanding of the culture, such as the basics of language, the value placed on family, and the importance of historical preservation. Rachel hopes to take what she learns from the English Teaching Assistantship and bring a bit of the culture back for her future classroom.



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