The Office of International Affairs has awarded over $130,000 to faculty and students as part of its 2014 grant and scholarship competition. The annual grant competition’s purpose is to promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures, and people through academic study. Grants are given for projects that explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy, or socio-demographic aspects of a foreign region. Awards can be used to support research projects and student programs. Additionally, a research track awarded proposals aligned with Ohio State's Discovery Themes.
This year, four faculty members have been awarded grants totaling $17,750 and 17 students have been selected to receive grants totaling $50,825.
The Office of International Affairs also partnered with the Office of Research and the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program to fund and support Gateway Research Seed Grants and a PHPID research seed grant track totaling $57,984. Six research projects were awarded in these two categories.
Two graduate students received the Sonkin-Bergmann Wasserman Scholarship and the Phyllis Krumm Scholarship, totaling $3,500.
Ohio State students participating in university-approved third party provider and direct enroll study abroad programs could soon see a decrease in costs to participate in these types of programs if a resolution passed by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Currently, students who enroll in these types of study abroad programs pay tuition to both Ohio State and the host institution, which substantially increases the cost of studying abroad. To alleviate costs, some students have taken a leave of absence from Ohio State in order to directly enroll in the provider program. After the program is completed, these students return to Ohio State and follow appropriate procedures to apply for transfer credit approval for the academic work completed while abroad. Other students may not have pursued this opportunity at all due to the high cost. Additionally, since these students studying abroad are not enrolled at Ohio State, the university is not as well positioned to assist them during a medical emergency, political unrest or a natural disaster.