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Wolfe scholarship recipient, Kelsey Ryan, a junior majoring in neuroscience traveled to to Karnataka, India as part of the 2014 Public Health Perspectives: India study abroad program. The Office of International Affairs asked Caroline to share her advice when searching and applying for scholarships that help fund education abroad.

When/how far in advance did you begin researching and/or applying for scholarships?
I began researching scholarships in November and December of 2013, since many scholarship deadlines are in January for summer programs. I would allow two to three months before the deadline of the scholarship application to search for and find scholarships that best suit the student and ones in which he or she would have the best chance of receiving.


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During summer 2014, Natasha Sadoff researched the extent of a Panama City landfill fire and its impact on the environment and community. Sadoff, a master’s student in the Department of Geography, spent 12 days in Panama City to engage in geographical research related to hyper-development, environmental justice and governance. Her research was supported by the Tinker Foundation, Inc., which promotes collaboration within the community of those concerned with the affairs of Latin America. The Department of Geography’s Rayner Scholarship for Field Work also assisted in the funding of her research.

While in Panama, Sadoff observed the landscape of the poorly managed Cerro Patacón landfill, which caught fire and caused many environmental health concerns in 2013. Her research involved interviewing policy and government officials to learn about their response to the fire and how it connected to hyper-development. She also conducted field interviews with residents of the village of Guna Nega, a community of the Guna indigenous population, which resides just along the borders of the landfill.



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Global Engagement provides opportunities for international and domestic students to experience the diverse culture at Ohio State. Global Engagement has implemented a variety of programs and activities to better promote cross-cultural relationships on campus.

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Climate design and sustainability in Copenhagen, urban sprawl in Germany and social interaction in Hong Kong – these are just a few examples of what seven students from the Knowlton School of Architecture will be researching this summer through grants received from the 2015 Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA).

The ARTA program is made possible through generous support from the Columbus Foundation and was established to encourage independent travel and research initiatives by Knowlton students from all degree programs. The ARTA program will provide over $12,000 to support the following seven students and their five research projects:

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Wolfe scholarship recipient, Caroline Milliken, a junior majoring in English pre-education and strategic communication traveled to Budapest, Hungary as part of the 2014 Global May Hungary program. The Office of International Affairs asked Caroline to share her advice when searching and applying for scholarships that help fund education abroad.

When/how far in advance did you begin researching and/or applying for scholarships?

I began researching scholarships before submitting an application to see if there were scholarships available that I was eligible for, in order to know that there was a definite chance that I could at least apply for funding. I made sure that scholarships matched the type of program I was applying for (certain sessions or lengths of program) and that I matched well with a few scholarships. After applying, I began working on scholarship applications because many require recommendation letters and have quick deadlines.

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The Ohio State University is ranked fifth in the nation, tied with Michigan State and the universities of Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Texas and Wisconsin, and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ohio State is one of only five universities in the Big 10 recognized in the top 13. Six scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants for 2014-2015. In addition, two more were awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant.

Ohio State is also ranked 16th nationally for the number of students receiving a Fulbright grant with 14 awards.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. These programs enhance the quality of global understanding, sending our students, scholars and faculty all over the world while at the same time, bringing the world’s best and brightest here to Ohio State.

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Investigating the waters of Peru’s Shullcas River is how Ryan Crumley spent the summer of 2014. A master’s student in the Department of Geography, Crumley devoted eight weeks to researching the Huaytapallana glacier system near the city of Huancayo, Peru. His research was supported by the Tinker Foundation, Inc., which promotes collaboration within the community of those concerned with the affairs of Latin America.

While in Peru, Crumley examined the quantity of water in the Shullcas River that originates from glacier melt versus the quantity that originates from ground water inputs during the long sub-tropical dry season. This specific region was particularly important to investigate, notes Crumley. “The Huaytapallana glacier system near the city of Huancayo, Peru has recently experienced a loss in total glacier area of 55% since 1982. Glacier recession in this region has not been widely studied and the city relies upon the Shullcas River heavily for their municipal drinking water.”

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The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open for 2016-17. The core program provides 800 U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to lecture and conduct research abroad each year. Fulbright awards for U.S. scholars are sponsored by the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The deadline to apply is August 3.

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Summer 2015 is the perfect opportunity for you to experience hands-on learning in another country through an Ohio State-sponsored study abroad program. Whether students are looking to fulfill course requirements in their major or meet general education requirements, there is a study abroad program that will meet their specific needs.

You can study theater in Prague, vector biology in Mexico or even explore the historical landscape of a Greek island. View a complete list of study abroad programs with February 15 deadlines to ensure that your completed application is submitted on time.

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The Office of International Affairs will host a workshop series for faculty and staff interested in learning more about the international student experience. The workshops will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students answering questions and sharing experiences on topics such as orientation, cultural adjustment, academics and career adjustment.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for all three workshops. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs.

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