February 10, 2014
CMU Nominates Two 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 300 college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing research careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences.
Amanda Clark: Biochemistry Major
Amanda Clark, a junior from Three Oaks majoring in biochemistry has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship. She is a 2013 McNair Scholar and Vice President of the CMU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society.
Clark has been working with Dr. Choon Lee on research involving the synthesis of antioxidant dendrimers – repetitively branching molecules – since January of 2012. The goal of her most recent project was to synthesize a second generation dendrimer.
She evaluated the pro-oxidant effects of the dendrimer, but was not able to fully test its antioxidant capacity. She is currently redesigning her compound to make it more soluble in biocompatible solvents in hopes that it can someday be used to help treat cancer and other diseases. "I enjoy research because of its challenges. It is thought provoking and very difficult, but I enjoy the amount of knowledge I am gaining from the experience," Clark said.
Clark's interest in cancer medications stems from a very personal connection to the disease. She lost her father to lung cancer at age fifteen. Two years later, Clark was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. After experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy medications firsthand, she was inspired to help develop medications with fewer adverse effects.
Clark has been in remission since undergoing chemotherapy, but she will never forget her battle with cancer. "I keep the memories with me as motivation for what I want to help discover someday," she said.
Clark plans to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and pursue a research career in academia. She hopes to pass along her enthusiasm for science to future students and conduct research that aids in the development of new cancer treatment medications.
Che Ting Ho: Biomedical Engineering Major
Che Ting Ho, a sophomore from Alma majoring in biomedical engineering has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Science and Technology Residential College.
Ho is currently working on a research project with Dr. Tolga Kaya involving electrotation. Their goal is to develop a technique for detecting disease through the entrapment and rotation of diseased cells. "This could potentially help medical professionals detect diseases, such as cancer, more quickly," Ho said.
Ho is currently working to direct the movement of polymer particles, but she hopes to eventually use the same technique to separate diseased cells from healthy ones.
"Our goal is to induce the diseased cells to gather at the center of an electromagnetic field where we can trap them," she said.
Ho was first introduced to Dr. Kaya as a student in one of his courses. Impressed by her problem-solving skills and strong work ethic, he offered Ho the chance to help design and fabricate printed circuit boards for a summer program called Research Experience for Teachers. The program provides pre-and in-service teachers with research skills and projects to incorporate in their own classrooms.
In August 2013, Dr. Kaya offered Ho the opportunity to join his research team. She was grateful for the opportunity to become involved in faculty-led research. "I love research because it challenges not only my knowledge and technical skills, but also my creativity," Ho said.
Ho plans to earn a M.D./ Ph.D. and pursue prosthesis-related research. She became interested in prosthesis design after learning that many people living with disabilities cannot afford current models. Ho hopes to design more affordable prostheses using lower cost materials to improve the quality of life of individuals who have suffered amputations.
November 21, 2013
CMU Nominates Ten Students to Compete for Fulbright Scholarships
The Fulbright program is the largest U.S.
international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars
and professionals to increase understanding between U.S. citizens and citizens
of other countries through international graduate study, advanced research and
teaching. 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.
Sarah Alm: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Turkey
Sarah Alm, a recent CMU graduate from Mount
Pleasant, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching
Assistantship in Turkey. Alm, having twice traveled to Turkey, welcomes the
opportunity to return to a country she describes as deeply rooted in generosity
and kindness to promote cultural diplomacy. She seeks to create lasting bonds
between members of foreign cultures and help bridge the gaps that divide our
first visited Turkey in 2009 to reconnect with an exchange student she became
friends with during her time at Mount Pleasant High School. Alm returned to
Turkey for a second time in 2012 after receiving a grant from CMU’s Office of
Research and Sponsored Programs. She spent two weeks conducting interviews and
recording songs in Izmir, Istanbul, and Antalya to determine if similarities
existed between Turkish lullabies and those of the Anishinaabemowin of the
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
her trip to Turkey, Alm spent four months studying French language, history,
and culture at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, where
she received a certificate in French fluency.
graduated from CMU with a bachelor’s degree in May 2013. She is currently
working as an intern at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sam Easter: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Brazil
Sam Easter, a recent CMU Honors program graduate from Midland,
has been nominated to compete for an English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil.
If awarded, Easter is eager to use sports to help others, especially on an
intercultural scale. He says much of his success has resulted from the
discipline, self-respect, and camaraderie afforded by athletics. Easter intends
to work with youth sports in Brazil to help transmit these important values
across political borders.
During his time at CMU, Easter
pursued an English major and worked in the CMU Writing Center. His experiences
working with students—often internationals—on the mechanics of grammar and
writing will directly translate to teaching students English in Brazil. Easter
gained journalism experience working as college journalist at CMU’s student
publication Central Michigan Life and as a freelance journalist for the Midland
Daily News. He also participated in literature and international summer schools at
the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Easter gained experience in sports administration
while serving as president of the Triathlon Club at Central Michigan
University, leading the team to competitions in multiple states, and
additionally served as treasurer of Outdoor Opportunities, a local student
organization that aims to teach children about the outdoors. Participation in
the Fulbright Program will provide him with the opportunity to use sports as
cross-cultural communication and to contribute to communities across the globe.
Easter graduated from CMU with a
bachelor’s degree in May 2013. He is currently working as a general-assignment
reporting intern with MLive Media and the Bay City Times, and eventually plans
to earn a master’s or doctoral degree.
Ben Harris: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to South Korea
Benjamin Harris, a senior Honors student from Allen Park majoring in English and History, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. If awarded, Harris seeks to educate others about the importance of global citizenship. Everyone should be an advocate for the enforcement of international law, he says, which is a behavior that begins with the introduction of debate and civil discourse to young adults Harris is excited to work with a network of dedicated colleagues, and to encourage students to resolve disputes through debate and negotiation instead of violence.
In August 2013, Harris’ interests in peace and global justice led him to The Hague, Netherlands, where he studied the International Criminal Court under the direction of CMU Professor of Philosophy Hope May. He is currently studying at Korea University. The story of Korean judge and diplomat Yi Jun is of particular interest to Harris. He hopes to use Yi’s narrative to educate Korean students about the importance of international law. Harris knows Yi’s actions at the 1907 Hague Peace Conference are of national renown in Korea, and he wants to emphasize Yi’s determination and advocacy for peaceful arbitration to his students.
Although he is interested in history and global relations, Harris considers himself foremost a student of writing. His experience as a senior reporter for Central Michigan Life and the media relations coordinator for the CMU National Scholarship Office prompted Harris to devote considerable attention to sentence-level writing, a skill which has given him a better understanding of his native language. Through his participation in the Korean University exchange program, he spends at least eight hours per week tutoring his roommates in English. Harris is eager to continue sharing his expertise and help even more Korean students become better writers and speakers of the English language.
Harris’ future plans include earning a professional doctorate in law (J.D.).
Heather Hillman: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Malta
Hillman, a Port
Huron senior Honors student, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching
Assistantship in Malta. If awarded, Hillman believes the experience teaching in
another country will allow her to better serve her future students in the
United States. She believes it is essential for teachers to be well-educated
about different cultures because the backgrounds of students and teachers are
often very different. Hillman feels that firsthand experiences in other
cultures offer the best education and promote acceptance of diversity.
always had a passion for travelling and has exposed herself to a variety of
cultures during her time at CMU. She studied abroad at Kingston University in
London, England, explored nearby Ireland and France, and completed her
pre-student teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hillman has also travelled to
Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina as part of CMU’s nationally
ranked Alternative Breaks Program.
an obvious thirst for travelling, but her passion for serving others,
especially in the classroom, is just as evident. She has volunteered weekly in
a local sixth grade classroom, conducted tours of CMU for seventh grade
students, served as a teacher at a week-long camp designed to help students
transition into middle school, and worked as a substitute teacher. In 2010,
Hillman served as a mentor to first-year CMU Honors students and participated
in an Honors service learning course on Beaver Island. She welcomes the
opportunity to continue serving others by working with school children,
refugees, and asylum seekers in Malta.
With a major
in social studies and minors in language arts and middle education, Hillman has
the potential to influence the lives of students through multiple subjects. Recognition
and incorporation of diversity, she says, is crucial to effective teaching and
the creation of a caring classroom environment. Although almost a teacher
herself, Hillman acknowledges that the children in Malta will likely teach her
more about the world than she could possibly teach them.
Hillman plans to teach at the middle school level
before enrolling in graduate school to earn a master's degree in an education
Andrea Howard: Research Grant Nominee to Germany
Andrea Howard, a Coleman senior majoring in
history, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study American
prisoners of war held under Nazi Germany’s Night and Fog policy. If awarded,
Howard would like to conduct research using the archives at Buchenwald and
Berga, two concentration camps that were known, or rumored, to have held
American POWs, as well as investigate the possible presence of American POWs at
Sachsenhausen and Dachau. Freiburg, Berlin, and Ludwigsburg, Germany also hold
archives of interest for Howard.
conducted research on the popularity of National Socialism in Germany at the
Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic and Jewish-American POWs in
Nazi Germany at CMU. The latter was published in CMU’s Humanorum journal and
resulted in Howard being awarded the Shapiro Prize through CMU’s College of
Humanities and Social and Behavioral Studies. Howard is proficient in German
and hopes to conduct her research with the help of professors from the Friedrich
Schiller University in Jena, Germany, due to its location near the Buchenwald
concentration camp, and at the University of Hanover in Hanover, Germany, due
to its location near POW camps and archives.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Howard
intends to continue her research as a doctoral student by conducting a
comparative study on American and German POWs of World War II. She believes
that a comparative study would shed light on this largely unstudied facet of
World War II and promote a better understanding of the past. Only through
understanding of the past, believes Howard, can there be collective healing in
Sarah King: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Malaysia
Sarah King, a Rockford senior Honors student majoring in
Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching
Assistantship in Malaysia. If awarded, King seeks to create a mutual
understanding between the people of the United States and Malaysia. She is
excited to learn Malay, the national language of Malaysia, to see the world
from a different perspective, and to gain a broader understanding of Eastern
King has several previous cultural experiences. She participated in a faculty-led
service learning course in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. She also spent a semester
studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, an experience she describes as academically
challenging and personally fulfilling. King’s commitment to public service
prompted her to seek opportunities to serve others in Quito, including working
at a local orphanage, where she spent over a hundred hours caring for infants.
King hopes to build similar connections with the people of Malaysia and would
ideally like to serve at an orphanage or childcare center to help foster early
English literacy skills and encourage positive attitudes towards education.
King is currently creating benchmarks to track early elementary student
progress in a Spanish immersion program and conducting research to determine
which factors are contributing to student success. She also tutors university
students through the English Language Institute at CMU, which has given her a
better understanding of the challenges teachers face in teaching pedagogic
English. These experiences have cemented her desire to continue working with
children and to pursue a career as a language teacher. Teaching English abroad
will be pivotal in her decision to earn a teaching certificate in the United
States or continue teaching abroad.
Katherine Leach: French Government Teaching Assistantship Nominee to France
Katherine Leach, a Saginaw senior majoring in
English and French, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright French Government
Teaching Assistantship in France. If awarded, Leach will use the opportunity to
enhance her French language skills while providing meaningful assistance to
socioeconomically-underprivileged areas in France. She also hopes to study in
Angers, France, through CMU Study Abroad in the summer of 2014.
her B.A. in English from CMU in December 2012. She is currently pursuing a B.S.
in French and an M.A. in English. Her educational experiences have helped her
to understand that the
study of international connectivity is essential to eliminating the disparities
in communication created by our increasingly globalized society. Although
advancements in technology bring individuals of different nationalities
together in seconds, Leach believes linguistic and cultural understanding are often
lacking in these relationships.
forward to immersing herself in French language, literature, and culture beyond
her previous classroom experiences. By experiencing French culture firsthand, she
hopes to return to the U.S. with an enhanced understanding of French language,
dialects, politics, and issues. She hopes to integrate international ideas into
domestic conversation in order to enrich the depth and breadth of American
students' familiarity with the global community.
intends to pursue a Ph.D. and eventually share her international perspective
with students as a language instructor at an institution of higher education.
Dallas Michelbacher: Research Grant Nominee to Romania
Dallas Michelbacher, a doctoral student from Warner
Robins, Georgia, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant
to conduct dissertation research in Romanian archives. His research focuses on
the forced labor of Romanian Jews during the Holocaust, a subject which has
been neglected in the existing historiography of the Holocaust in Romania. The
Romanian government has only recently ended its official policy of Holocaust
denial, thus his research will be crucial to informing the Romanian population
about this portion of their past.
Michelbacher has presented twice at the Romanian Studies Conference held
annually at Indiana University and published papers in two academic journals.
In 2012, he published “The Ford Motor Company in Romanian-Occupied Odessa,
1942-44,” in the Romanian Review of Eurasian Studies and “The Deportation of
Ethnic Minorities to the USSR and the Romanian National Idea” in the History of
Communism in Europe. He has also contributed a chapter, entitled “Anti-Semitism
and Economic Regeneration: The Ustasha Regime and the Nationalization of Jewish
Property and Business in Sarajevo” in the forthcoming edited volume The Utopia of Terror: Life, Death and
Everyday Culture in the Ustasha State, 1941-1945. He presented this chapter
at the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention in
New Orleans in 2012. In 2013, Michelbacher presented his research on the
intellectual and political origins of anti-Semitic labor policy in interwar
Romania at Indiana University.
has also completed language study fellowships through the American Council of
Learned Societies and Title VIII, as well as completed two years of Romanian
language training in preparation for his research.
is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Central Michigan University.
Kathryn Steklac: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Macau
Photo by Ashlea Phenecie
Kathryn Steklac, a senior Honors student from Chelsea majoring in
music education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching
Assistantship in Macau. If awarded, Steklac looks forward to serving as a
cultural ambassador for the United States and hopes to instill an appreciation
for diversity in her students. Working with university students in Macau, she
says, will provide her a unique opportunity to challenge herself intellectually
and prepare her for a future career in an education related field.
interest in international education was sparked during her time spent studying
abroad in Beijing, China during the summer of 2012. Upon her return to CMU, she
founded International Peer Partners to connect CMU Honors Program students and
international students and foster mutual understanding between cultures. In
2013, Steklac travelled to Cape Coast, Ghana where she taught English, math,
and music to first grade students and facilitated a workshop on classroom management
techniques for staff at the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School.
to her experiences abroad, Steklac has also gained extensive leadership
experience through CMU's Alternative Breaks program. As a site leader, she led
three week-long domestic service trips and organized issue education to
increase her participants’ awareness of social justice issues. As lead site and
service development chair, Steklac also coordinated twenty nine service trips,
an experience that taught her the importance of adaptability and strong communication
skills. Through her service and extensive experience abroad, Steklac hopes to
encourage her future students to become active global citizens.
Steklac will earn her bachelor’s degree and Michigan teaching certification this
December and eventually hopes to earn a Ph.D. in education.
Christina White: Research Grant Nominee to Canada
Christina White, a Traverse City graduate student
studying English language and literature, has been nominated to compete for a
Fulbright Research Grant to study English Canadian and First Nations literature
in Victoria, Canada. If awarded this grant, White plans to explore the
experiences of First Nations children sent to Canadian residential schools. She
plans to use First Nations memoirs as well as the literature of English
Canadian author, Emily Carr, as lenses through which to understand these experiences.
Anne Dean, specialist in English Canadian women’s literature, has issued
Christina White an official invitation to study under her purveyance at the
University of Victoria. Dr. Dean has published work on the Canadian “new
woman,” an archetype that Emily Carr embodies.
graduate assistant, White currently teaches freshman composition at CMU. She
hopes to present her Victoria research at the CMU-affiliated 2015 Human Rights,
Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences International Conference in Mt.
Pleasant, Michigan. She plans to teach undergraduate literature and composition
in the future, placing an emphasis on English Canadian and First Nations
currently pursuing an MA degree at CMU with a focus on Victorian literature in
relation to feminist and postcolonial theory. She plans to either pursue a PhD
in English literature or teach at the community college level as she delights
in working with freshmen.
April 18, 2013Cameron receives Goldwater Honorable MentionKarleigh Cameron
has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cameron is a junior Honors student from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in environmental studies.Click here for full storyApril 15, 2013Hall receives Fulbright awardKevin Hall
has received notification of the award of a Fulbright grant. Hall, a 2012 CMU graduate from Caro, earned his B.A. in History and German and is currently working toward his M.A. in History at CMU. He is one of 140 people from across the country, chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants, to be offered an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.Click here for full storyMarch 2013Coon named 2013 CMU Udall nominee
, a Centralis Scholar, Honors student and
junior from Hamilton majoring in pre-graduate biology and minoring in
global justice, is CMU’s 2013 Udall Scholarship nominee. Click here for full storyFeburary 2013CMU nominates four students to compete for Goldwater Scholarship
Karleigh Cameron, Amanda Clark, David Hicks and Randall Hoyle are CMU’s 2013 Goldwater nominees.
Each is one of the nearly 1,100 college and university students across the nation to be nominated.Click here for full storyFeburary 2013Woodke nominated to compete for Truman Scholarship
Rebeccah Woodke, a junior Honors student and Centralis Scholar from Flushing with a major in biomedical science, has been named the 2013 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee. Click here for full story19, 2012
CMU nominates four students to compete for Fulbright Program
Megan Bauerle, Darnell Gardner Jr., Kevin Hall, and Eric Thornton are CMU’s 2013 Fulbright nominees. Each will compete for funding from the Fulbright Program to travel abroad for in-depth study in their areas of interest.
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April 19, 2012Provost presents six students with the National Scholarship Recognition Award
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 student that have been named an official CMU nominee or recipient to a select group of prestigious and highly coveted national and international scholar programs.
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.
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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
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February 24, 2012 Maylee nominated to compete for the national 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.
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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
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January 2, 2012
CMU nominates two students to compete for Fulbright Program
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.
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October 12, 2011Phillips named CMU Rhodes Scholarship nominee
March 30, 2011CMU National Scholarship Program underwayClick here for full story
John Phillips of Manistee, a senior with a triple major in biology,
environmental studies and history at Central Michigan University has
been nominated to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and the
opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England.
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April 28, 2011Petsch named Goldwater nominee
Junior Kevin Petsch of Commerce Township is Central Michigan
University’s 2011-2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship nominee. He is
one of 1,095 college and university students from across the nation to
be nominated for this honor.Click here for full story