News and Events

April 8, 2021

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

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Katherine Pulaski, an Honors student from Swartz Creek, MI, majoring in Anthropology, and Public and Nonprofit Administration, has received a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Thailand. 

Katherine studied abroad in Thailand for four months, taking classes at Chiang Mai University on Thai culture, politics, and cooking. She also volunteered to lead weekly English lessons for local community members. Through this volunteer experience, Katherine made lasting friendships that provided a deeper understanding of her students’ daily lives. With the opportunity to teach English in Thailand again, Katherine plans to use the skills gained from her classes and previous experiences to foster open cultural exchange with her students.

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. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Congratulations Katherine!


3/26/21

CMU Student Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Pestrue-1.jpgChloe Pestrue,  a CMU Honors student from St. Louis, MI, has been selected to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of her significant academic and research achievements. Chloe, who is majoring in Biology: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, and minoring in Psychology, was selected from a nationwide pool of 1,256 outstanding students, from 438 U.S. institutions, to receive recognition from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship award covers eligible academic expenses up to $7,500 per year and entry into the Goldwater Scholar Community.


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 Chloe and her research advisor, Dr. Jennifer Schisa!



3/22/2021

Fulbright Drop-in Advising Sessions Announced

The Fulbright Program will launch the 2021 competition cycle next week. In preparation for the competition, the National Scholarship Program will hold two Fulbright drop-in advising sessions on Friday, March 26th at 11am, and Tuesday, April 6th at 3pm. Both Sessions will be held in Dr. Maureen Harke's Webex room 

https://cmich.webex.com/meet/harke1ma

Join us for a discussion about how to explore the Fulbright opportunities, how to prepare, and how to apply. 


2/9/2021

Join Us for a Virtual Presentation on Funded Fulbright Opportunities for International Study, Research, and Teaching English: 

Monday, March 22nd @ 5:00p.m. --- REGISTER HERE

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On Monday, March 22nd at 5p.m., the CMU National Scholarship is hosting an information session with a Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment Specialist.

Please join us for an interactive Group Presentation Session (GPS) to learn about funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English. During the session, you will find out about the types of Fulbright awards, application components, tips, and get your questions answered. Following the program overview, attendees will enter a breakout room with their Fulbright Program Adviser(s) (FPA) to learn more about applying through their institution.

Go to Fulbright Day 2021 to learn more about this valuable opportunity


For CMU faculty and staff, there will be an information session regarding Faculty and Staff Fulbright Opportunities on March 26, 2021.


3/8/21

CMU Student Nominated to Compete for Udall Scholarship
 
The Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor the public service of Morris K. Udall, and enhanced in 2009 to also honor the public service of Stewart L. Udall. Each year, the Udall foundation awards federally funded scholarships to college students committed to pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.


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Eric Urbaniak, a CMU Honors student from Bay City, MI, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, and Public and Nonprofit Administration, has been nominated to compete for a Udall Foundation Scholarship in the environmental category. Eric has an extensive record of community service through the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, Bay City State Park, CMU Alternative Breaks, and as the president of the Bay Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee. Currently, he advocates for environmental justice at the local and state levels through his positions as a representative of CMU in the Michigan Campus Sustainability Collective, a Sustainability Liaison with CMU Facilities Management, and as a Sustainability Coordinator with the CMU Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Eric moderated an Environmental Justice Actions for College Students panel at the Michigan Earth Day 50.5 Conference and completed a food waste reduction internship at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Andahwod Continuing Care Community. The Andahwod composting project was recognized for its success at a CMU Board of Trustees meeting and more recently, Eric was selected as a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow. Eric aspires to pursue a Ph.D. to prepare for a career in the nonprofit or government sector through which he can make a positive impact on the environment. Ultimately, he hopes to achieve the role of a manager with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development.

Competition results will be announced in late April.



3/5/21

CMU Nominates Student to Compete for Goldwater Scholarship

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. 

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Chloe Pestrue, a CMU Honors student from St. Louis, MI, majoring in Biology: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Biology and minoring in Psychology, has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater Scholarship. Chloe has worked as a research assistant on multiple genetic research projects under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Schisa over the past several years and she is currently contributing to a manuscript that will be submitted to a professional journal. She has also contributed to research presented at the Germ Cells Meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Chloe is a recipient of the Arthur Loren Kontio Outstanding Young Biologist Award, the Centralis Gold Scholarship, the Hoffmeyer and Hoffmeyer Alumni Scholarship, the Covenant Healthcare Volunteer Scholarship, and the Gratiot County VFW Scholarship. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Human Genetics with a research focus on gene-disease associations. Ultimately, Chloe aspires to become a clinical laboratory geneticist and eventually direct a genetic testing facility in an academic medical center.

Competition results will be announced in late March.


2/15/2021

CMU Student Nominated 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.


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Max Ranger, a CMU Leadership student from Newport, MI, majoring in Political Science and International Relations and minoring in Leadership, has been nominated to compete for a Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania. Max’s interest in Swahili was sparked by his participation in the Language Exchange Program, a project hosted by CMU’s Refugee Outreach Collective. He spent a semester virtually teaching English to refugees living at a camp in Malawi, and in turn his language partners taught him Swahili. Since his time in the exchange program, Max has worked to increase his proficiency in Swahili through independent research and he hopes to further develop these skills with a year of study in Tanzania as a Boren Scholar. Max has received several recognitions for his academic performance and leadership. He is the recipient of the Leadership Advancement Scholarship, Resident of the Year Award, the Most Involved Freshman Award, and the Outstanding Governmental Affairs Committee Member Award. Ultimately, Max plans to complete a master's degree international relations with the goal of establishing a career in public service. 

Competition results will be announced in mid to late April.


2/1/2021

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

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                               David Banas Jr.                                   Mallorie Beavers
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                                Katie Pulaski                                         Heidie Neyer

National Screening Committees for the Institute of International Education (IIE) announced recently that four CMU students, David Banas Jr.Mallorie BeaversHeidie Neyer, and Katie Pulaski, 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.

David Banas Jr., from Corunna, MI is competing for a Fulbright Research Grant in Ireland.  Mallorie Beavers, from Shepherd, MI is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Laos.  Heidie Neyer, from Weidman, MI, is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Germany.  Katie Pulaski, from Swartz Creek, MI, is competing for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand.  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.


1/6/2021

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

The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents eight outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2021 - 2022 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.


 David Banas Jr.:  Research Grant Nominee - Ireland

David Banas Jr.jpgDavid Banas Jr., a graduate student from Corunna, MI, in CMU’s Transnational and Comparative PhD History program, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant in Ireland. If selected to receive the Fulbright Grant, David plans to conduct research under the guidance of Dr. Gary Murphy at Dublin City University on indifference to Irish nationalism in Ireland during the Irish Revolution. In Ireland, David will have access to primary sources that are crucial to this project at the DCU Library Collections, the University College Dublin Archives, the Irish National Library, and the Irish National Archives. David’s advanced academic training, research experience, and professional experiences prepare him to successfully complete this proposed Fulbright research project. He is an editorial assistant for the Michigan Historical Review, a Clarke Historical Library and Archives assistant, and he completed a master’s degree at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, graduating with distinction. Ultimately, David plans to pursue a career as a history professor, continuing his research on both indifference to Irish nationalism and, more broadly, indifference to various European nationalisms in the early Twentieth Century.

 Mallorie Beavers:  English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Laos

Mallorie Beavers.jpgMallorie Beavers, an Honors student from Shepherd, MI, majoring in Psychology and English with a minor in American Sign Language, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Laos. Mallorie has a variety of life experiences that have prepared her for this position. Her passion for overcoming communication barriers and exchanging culture grew after a semester in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she volunteered teaching English to students at a Buddhist university. During her time in Southeast Asia, Mallorie also worked as an English volunteer at Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here she developed an interest and passion for Lao culture. Other notable activities she has been involved in include volunteering as a Conversation Partner with the English Language Institute at Central Michigan University, and volunteering weekly as a reading tutor to fifth grade students. If selected to receive the Fulbright grant, Mallorie looks forward to further opportunities to learn and grow alongside students in Laos.

 Morgan Bowen: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Spain

Morgan Bowen.jpgMorgan Bowen, a senior from New Hudson, MI, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Interested in Spanish language since high school, Morgan has spent time in Spain, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. Morgan completed a 120-hour certification in Teaching English as a Second Language this past summer and she is currently putting those skills into practice in an Honors class where she works with Spanish speakers to enhance their beginner level English skills. She has also worked as a campus ambassador, and volunteered with the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Humane Animal Treatment Society. She aspires to become a certified public accountant working with an international clientele. With the help of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Morgan hopes to develop the cultural diversity experience needed to thrive in today’s global business world. If she receives the Fulbright Assistantship, she hopes to deepen her understanding of Spanish culture while exposing her students to American culture.


 Mariah DeHoop:  Study Grant Nominee - Spain

Mariah DeHoop.jpgMariah DeHoop, an Honors student from Hudsonville, MI, majoring in International Relations and Spanish, and minoring in French, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant in Spain. If she receives the Fulbright grant, Mariah will complete a master’s degree in Global and International Studies at the Universidad de Salamanca, specifically focusing on nationalism and conflict resolution. Mariah has utilized her undergraduate study of French and Spanish to establish a strong portfolio of service and international learning. The summer after her freshman year, she participated a week-long global citizenship seminar in Salzburg, Austria at the Schloss Leopoldskron. The following year, she spent five months studying diplomacy and international affairs in Aix-en-Provence, France. More recently, she participated in a service-learning course in Miami where she helped recent immigrants develop their English language skills. She has volunteered as a conversation partner at the CMU English Language Institute, an international peer partner in the Honors Program, and an ambassador for the Office of Global Engagement and the Department of World Languages and Cultures, among other activities. Ultimately, Mariah plans to earn a law degree and work in the U.S. Foreign Service or the United Nations.

 Maggie Meyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Poland

Maggie Meyer.jpgMaggie Meyer, an Honors student from Marenisco, MI, majoring in Mathematics and Psychology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Poland. In addition to her academic studies, Maggie has been deeply involved in many extracurricular and service activities. She has been the President of the Mock Trial Association, a math department grader, works at the Math Assistance Center, is a campus ambassador, and has longstanding commitments with the Central Marching Band and the Metamorphosis Winter Guard. She has also studied abroad in Japan and more recently spent a semester in the Netherlands. The Fulbright in Poland seeks to place ETAs in research and scientific institutes to teach field specific English and who can promote higher education in the U.S., criteria that align well with Maggie’s training and experiences. She aspires to earn a PhD in a STEM field and teach in a university setting, but she also hopes to continue to participate in coaching students in color guard. 

 Heidie Neyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Germany

Heidi Neyer.jpgHeidie Neyer, a senior from Weidman, MI, majoring in English Secondary Education and minoring in English as a Second Language, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. Germany is an especially important destination to her as she participated in a transformative German exchange program to Hagenow in high school. In college, she travelled to Germany once again as part of a faculty-led study abroad program to Jena. As part of her English as a Second Language minor, Heidie has extensive experience with observing and facilitating English education for students in elementary, middle, and high school who are learning English as a second language. She has also been a conversation partner with the CMU English Language Institute, a private German tutor, and will be completing her student teaching this spring at Ravenna Public High school near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heidie’s professional goals include working as a teacher to create a multicultural classroom where she can encourage students to pursue their passions. As an ETA in Germany, she hopes to fulfill the Fulbright goal of creating mutual understanding between people from different cultures.

 Katie Pulaski: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - ThailandKatherine Pulaski.jpg

Katherine Pulaski, an Honors student from Swartz Creek, MI, majoring in Anthropology and Public and Nonprofit Administration, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Thailand. Katie is an active member of the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, and she also volunteers with the Humane Animal Treatment Society and as a canvasser with Michigan United. During her undergraduate studies, she has travelled to Ireland, France, and Thailand. While in Thailand, Katie studied at Chiang Mai University, taking classes on Thai culture, politics, and cooking. She also volunteered to lead weekly English lessons for local community members. Through this volunteer experience she was able to make lasting friendships that provided a deeper understanding of her students’ daily lives. With the opportunity to teach English in Thailand again, Katherine plans to use the skills gained from her classes and previous experiences to foster open cultural exchange with her students. She hopes to one day establish a nonprofit that will provide education and build self-sustainability skills for refugees. 

 Abby Shepard:  Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom
Abigail Shepard.jpgAbigail Shepard, an Honors student from Holland, MI, majoring in music and psychology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. If selected to receive a Fulbright Grant, Abby will complete a master’s degree in Psychology of Music. Abby has participated in undergraduate research on the impact of meditation on individuals’ perceptions of peripersonal space under the guidance of Drs. Bloesch and Davoli. She has also completed and presented independent research on the role of mindfulness in music students’ practice and well-being, which is what drew her to the field of music psychology. Because of the United Kingdom’s pioneering history in music psychology, Abby feels that the MA program at University of Sheffield aligns well with her current research interests and career goals, providing opportunities to work with leaders in the field. During her undergraduate experience, Abby has been active in service and performance roles, serving as an Honors Council student representative, participating in CMU’s Jazz Lab One and the Kefi Saxophone Quartet, developing wellness events for musicians in training through the Musicians’ Wellness Workgroup, and more. Ultimately, she aspires to obtain a PhD in psychology and to pursue a career in academia where she can develop a music psychology graduate program here in the U.S. and continue her research on meditation, particularly concerning musicians’ practice and wellbeing.


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


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