News and Events

April 9, 2020

CMU Student Receives Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in Finland

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Anastasia Bjork, an Honors student from Ishpeming, MI, majoring in health administration, has received a prestigious Fulbright Study Grant at Tampere University in Finland. 

Anastasia has prepared herself for a career in health care administration by serving as admitting clerk at both CMU Health and UP Health System – Bell but it was a study abroad experience focused on health care in Sweden that sparked her interest in learning about other health care models. Completing the Public Choice master’s program at Tampere University in Finland will provide Anastasia this in depth experience.

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 Anastasia!



March 27, 2020

CMU Student Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

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Austin Konkel, a CMU undergraduate from Warren, MI, has been selected to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of his academic and research achievements. Austin, a major in Mathematics: Pure Mathematics Concentration, and a minor in Computer Science, is one of only 396 students from a nationwide pool of 1,343 outstanding students, from 461 U.S. institutions, to receive this award from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship award covers eligible academic expenses up to $7,500 per year.


The Barry Goldwater Foundation was created by Congress in 1986 to provide support for outstanding U.S. undergraduate students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Scholarship recipients who win the award as sophomores can expect to receive two years of support. Juniors scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of support. The foundation named 396 new 2020 Goldwater Scholars in addition to the 86 sophomores from the 2019 competition who will continue to receive scholarship support.   

Congratulations to Austin and his research advisors, Dr. Debraj Chakrabarti and Dr. Meera Mainkar!



March 11, 2020

CMU Student Receives Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in India

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Meghan Dyer, an Honors student from Lake Orion, MI, majoring in English Education, has received a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in India. 

Meghan has participated in numerous activities at CMU which prepare her to fulfill the role of an ETA. She has completed rigorous writing consultant training, has worked in the Writing Center for two and a half years, served as an online writing coach for high school students, served as an Honors teaching assistant, and participated in the Reading Buddies program at Mount Pleasant Middle School. 

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 Meghan!



Fulbright Day 2020 Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution and to prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus, Central Michigan University has canceled all events and gatherings on campus through March 31st, 2020. This means unfortunately that all Fulbright Day activities have been canceled. For information about CMU's response to the pandemic, please visit this site.

The National Scholarship Program and the Office of Global Engagement will be working together to offer a Fulbright Day in the next academice year. However, if you are interested in applying for Fulbright in the coming competition which opens on April 1, 2020, please contact Dr. Maureen Harke to set up a time to talk about your pre-application. More information about how to apply can be found under the National Scholarship Program "How to Apply" tab on our webpage.


CMU National Scholarship Program and the Office of Global Engagement to Host Fulbright Day 2020:

Featuring Guest Speaker, Grant Stream-Gonzalez - Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

Grant Stream-Gonzalez.jpgOn Friday, March 27th, the CMU National Scholarship Program and the Office of Global Engagement are hosting information sessions about the variety of Fulbright Scholar and U.S. Student Grants open to faculty and students. Fulbright provides funded opportunities for international teaching, research, and more. Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, Grant Stream-Gonzalez, will be leading the sessions and answering your questions. 

Faculty Session - Fulbright Scholar Grants:

Information Session - 9:00am in Opperman Auditorium, Park Library
Reception - 10:00am in the Baber Room, Park Library
Fulbright offers approximately 470 funded teaching, research or combination teaching/research Scholar awards in over 125 countries. The faculty information session will begin at 9:00am in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium in the Park Library, with a reception to follow at 10:00am in the Baber Room. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Maureen Harke at harke1ma@cmich.edu. 

Student Session - Fulbright U.S. Student Grants:

Information Session - 3:00pm in Opperman Auditorium, Park Library
Reception - 4:00pm in the Baber Room, Park Library
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers funded research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. The student information session will begin at 3:00pm in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium in the Park Library, with a reception to follow at 4:00pm in the Baber Room. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Maureen Harke at harke1ma@cmich.edu. 

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.


March 3, 2020

CMU Nominates Student to Compete for Boren Scholarship

The David L. Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. 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 Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.


DeHoop - Photo.JPGMariah DeHoop, an Honors student from Hudsonville, MI, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Boren Scholarship for intensive Arabic language study in Morocco.  Mariah has been passionate about language learning for many years, as demonstrated by her study of French and Spanish throughout college.  Mariah plans to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in the Foreign Service. The Arabic and Islamic culture in Morocco will provide Mariah with knowledge and experience that will play an important role in her federal service.  If selected to receive the Boren Fellowship, Mariah will spend 6-7 months in Morocco, beginning with a semester program at the IES Abroad Center and Université Mohammed V in Rabat. This will include intensive Colloquial Moroccan Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, service learning, and an internship. After this program, she will spend the remainder of her time participating in a women's empowerment internship in Rabat.

Competition results will be announced in mid to late April.


February 19, 2020

CMU Nominates Student to Compete for Boren Fellowship

The David L. Boren Fellowship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides 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.


Anjam Chaudhary Photo.jpgAnjam Chaudhary, a doctoral student in Educational Leadership, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Boren Fellowship to study Arabic in Jordan.  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 as a Federal Academic Exchange Specialist with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. If selected to receive the Boren Fellowship, Anjam will enroll in the summer and fall 2020 terms at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman where she will participate in 40 hours of Arabic study weekly.  The program also includes in-country trips, cultural events, and workshops to help students acclimate to the environment and learn more about the host country. These experiences will help Anjam achieve her goal of creating academic exchange programs with the U.S. and other countries.

Competition results will be announced in mid to late April.


February 18, 2020

CMU Nominates Three Students to Compete for Goldwater Scholarships

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and U.S. senator. Scholarships are awarded each year to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing research careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences. 

Konkel - Photo.jpgAustin Konkel, a CMU undergraduate from Warren, MI, majoring in Mathematics: Pure Mathematics Concentration and minoring in Computer Science, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Goldwater Scholarship.  Austin is a recipient of the Cleon Richtmeyer Scholarship and the Richard & Karen St. Andre Endowed Award, both of which were awarded to him by the CMU Mathematics Department.  Austin co-authored a paper titled, “Bergman Kernels of Elementary Reinhardt Domains,” with Dr. Debraj Chakrabarti, Dr. Meera Mainkar and undergraduate Evan Miller, which he presented at the Young Mathematicians Conference in Columbus, OH, and the Summer Undergraduate Michigan Mathematics Research Conference in Dearborn, MI.  The paper has been accepted for publication in the Pacific Journal of Mathematics.  Upon completion of his doctoral degree, Austin would like to pursue a career in mathematics research.

Nowak - photo.jpgGabrielle Nowak, a CMU undergraduate from Grand Haven, MI, majoring in Physics: Astronomy Concentration and minoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Goldwater Scholarship.  Gabrielle has been a research assistant for Dr. Christopher Tycner, a tutor for the CMU Physics Department, and a McNair Scholar.  She received the David H. Current Scholarship from the CMU Physics Department and is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Fraternity.  Gabrielle has co-authored publications with Dr. Tycner’s which have been presented at the CMU McNair Scholar Fall and Spring Symposiums in Mount Pleasant, the CMU Department of Physics Autumnal Equinox Lectures in Mount Pleasant, and at the 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, HI.  Gabrielle would like to do her doctoral research on the integration of physical parameters within the stellar disk-to-disk phase representation.   
 

Pene Njine - Photo.jpgLaurianne Pene Njine, a CMU Honors student majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, has been nominated by the CMU National Scholarship Program to compete for a Goldwater Scholarship.  Laurianne was awarded the Multicultural Award of Distinction Scholarship in the fall of 2017, she is a 2019 McNair Scholar, a member of Nu Rho Psi: the National Honors Society of Neuroscience, and the secretary of the CMU African Student Association. She has conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Xantha Karp and co-authored a paper which she presented at the Biology Undergraduate Symposium in Mount Pleasant, MI, the McNair Poster Presentation in Mount Pleasant, MI, and the Midwest Worm Conference in Ann Arbor, MI.  Laurianne plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, conducting research in developmental neuroscience, mentoring students and encouraging more involvement in STEM fields.

Competition results will be announced in late March.



January 22, 2020

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


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            Anastasia Bjork                                    Hannah Brown                                         Hanna Clark

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                                     Meghan Dyer                                          Abigail Mullis

National Screening Committees for the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced recently that five CMU students, Anastasia Bjork, Hannah Brown, Hanna Clark, Meghan Dyer, and Abigail Mullis, 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.

Anastasia Bjork, from Ishpeming, MI is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Tampere University in Finland.  Hannah Brown, from Hart, MI is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.  Hanna Clark, from Chelsea, MI, is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to Tel Aviv University in Israel.  Meghan Dyer, from Lake Orion, MI, is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in India.  Abigail Mullis, from Battle Creek, MI, is competing for a Fulbright Study Grant to University of York in the United Kingdom.  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.


11/20/19

CMU National Scholarship Program Nominates Seven Students to Compete for Prestigious Fulbright Grants

The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents seven outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2020 - 2021 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.

Anastasia Bjork:  Study Grant Nominee - Finland

Bjork - photo.jpgAnastasia Bjork, an Honors student from Ishpeming, MI, majoring in health administration, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Tampere University in Finland. She has served as a Resident Assistant for the Cultural and Global Residential College, and as an admitting clerk both at CMU Health and UP Health System – Bell to prepare herself for a career in health care administration. A study abroad experience focused on health care in Sweden sparked Anastasia’s interest in learning about other models of care, prompting her to apply for the Public Choice master’s program in Finland which incorporates the use of economics to address societal problems, such as health care. Because her professional goals include working toward more affordable health care, easier access, and improved quality of health care for all, Anastasia seeks to obtain well-rounded training which may also include completing her master's and doctorate degrees in the future. Anastasia credits her high school, Westwood High, for preparing her for college success.


Hannah Brown:  Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom
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Hannah Brown, an Honors student from Hart, MI, majoring in biology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Hannah has worked in a research lab performing microscopy on the endosperm of the corn kernel since her freshman year under the guidance of CMU faculty member Dr. Joanne Dannenhoffer. Hannah also spent two summers in a partner lab at the University of Arizona contributing to research on corn genetics research, five months studying and conducting research in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and she is currently a teaching assistant for a genetics course at CMU. During her time in the Galapagos Islands, Hannah volunteered twice a week on a government farm where she harvested and sorted seeds to be distributed to local farmers during poor growing seasons.  Hannah’s experiences in the Galapagos Islands confirmed her goals of earning a Ph.D. in plant sciences and becoming a professor.


Hannah Clark:  Study Grant Nominee - Israel

Clark - Photo.jpgHanna Clark, an Honors student from Chelsea, MI, majoring in political science, international relations, and public and nonprofit administration, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at Tel Aviv University in Israel. If selected to receive a Fulbright Grant, Hanna will complete a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Her goal of becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer has led Hanna to study abroad multiple times during her undergraduate education, including Czech Republic, Thailand, Costa Rica, and more. She has also taken on leadership roles such as the vice president of Hillel and she participated in extracurricular activities like the International Peer Partner Program, Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, and the Flint Action Crisis Team and Service. These experiences have helped Hanna to develop leadership skills, and a broader understanding of cultural differences, qualities that will contribute to Hanna’s success in pursuing a career as a diplomat.


Meghan Dyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - India

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Meghan Dyer, an Honors student from Lake Orion, MI, majoring in English Education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in India. Meghan has participated in numerous activities at CMU which prepare her to fulfill the role of an ETA. She has completed rigorous writing consultant training, has worked in the Writing Center for two and a half years, served as an online writing coach for high school students, served as an Honors teaching assistant, and participated in the Reading Buddies program at Mount Pleasant Middle School. She has also taken on opportunities to learn about different cultures by volunteering as an English Language Institute Conversation Partner and completing a pre-student teaching study abroad experience in Ireland. If selected to receive a Fulbright ETA, Meghan will immerse herself in her host community with the goal of sharing culture and language in her future classroom in the U.S.


Abigail Mullis:  Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom

Mullis - photo.jpgAbigail Mullis, a senior from Battle Creek, MI, majoring in music, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Abby’s professional goals include developing community music programs to positively impact the world through the arts. While at CMU, she has taken on numerous leadership roles and participated in service activities to prepare herself to fulfill these goals. She has been a paid pianist and piano teacher, presented research at a professional conferences, and completed internships with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Calhoun Intermediate School District. Abby also studied abroad in Italy where she took Italian language and culture classes, chamber music lessons, and she performed in recitals. As the birthplace of community music, the United Kingdom would provide the best training to prepare Abby to one day establish community music programs throughout the United States.


Mary Pufahl: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Spain

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Mary Pufahl, an Honors student from Hemlock, MI, majoring in biology and Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Mary is deeply interested in learning about different cultures, using her time at CMU to gain a deeper understanding of global citizenship. She participated in the CMU International Peer Partner program, the Global Citizenship Alliance conference held in Salzburg, Austria, and she spent a semester in Spain where she completed intensive language study. Although she eventually wants to apply to medical school, Mary enjoys sharing knowledge regardless of the subject, whether English, Math, or even health care. She has sought out opportunities to teach and mentor, both in the U.S. and in Spain. Mary has been a teaching assistant in a college Honors class, and she tutored children in English during her semester in Spain. She looks forward to another cultural immersion experience if selected to receive the Fulbright Grant.


Isabella Staltari: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Italy

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Isabella Staltari, an Honors student from Goshen, IN, majoring in child development, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Italy. With an interest in lifespan development, Isabella has taken classes in early childhood and adolescent development, as well as parent-child relationships and autism. She has also sought out several opportunities to learn about different cultures by studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and for a semester in Italy. During her study abroad experiences, Isabella tutored young children in English. She is familiar with the Reggio Emilia approach to education developed in Italy, which incorporates principles like the idea that students have rights regarding their learning and that they are active participants in their development. Isabella hopes to incorporate many of these ideas in her future classrooms. She eventually plans to pursue a master’s degree, and she would like to establish a Reggio Emilia-based preschool program for at-risk populations.


Congratulations to these outstanding students on their hard work throughout the application process!


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