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Global Perspectives - Summer 2014 Newsletter

 In this issue of Global Perspectives, you will find the following stories:

  1. Ohio State awarded three grants to support international collaboration on global issues
  2. 2014 International Engagement Awards recipients recognized
  3. International student profile: William Lee
  4. Over $1.25 million in FLAS Fellowships awarded
  5. Students earn prestigious scholarships to study abroad
  6. Pre-Departure Orientation held in China
  7. Study Abroad Profile: Kavian Anderson
  8. Study Abroad Profile: Kristen Wright

Ohio State awarded three grants to support international collaboration on global issues

Hua Wang awarded collaboration grantThe Ohio State University has been awarded three grants of up to $250,000 each as part of the Global Innovation Initiative, a new program funded by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to foster multilateral research collaborations with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. Of the 23 university partnerships funded, Ohio State was awarded the most grants of any other institution.

The grants will fund new research, faculty exchanges, joint publications and symposia and other multilateral efforts. The total funding for these 23 partnership grants is approximately $5 million. In addition, the partner universities will support these projects with their own resources, such as use of laboratories, staff and faculty salaries, and private sector contributions valued at an estimated $7.08 million.

Ohio State will partner with universities in the UK, Brazil and China on the following award winning projects:

“Ohio State has strong ties in the United Kingdom and we fully support and encourage research innovations through collaborative efforts,” said William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. “These grant awards will serve to enhance our connections around the globe and further scholarly work on significant global issues.”

Each of the winning proposals address topics of global significance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including energy, climate change and the environment; agriculture, food security and water; global health and wellbeing; and urbanization.

Two parallel but separate grant competitions were offered in the UK and U.S. with an institution from either country taking the lead on the partnership. Each of the multilateral collaborations was required to include a partner from Brazil, China, India or Indonesia in addition to institutions from the UK and the U.S. Ohio State has existing partnerships in each of the countries, including Global Gateway offices in China, India and Brazil.

The Global Innovation Initiative was announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and formally launched in October 2013. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State, the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the British Council, which also serves as the implementing partner in the UK. In the United States, the Institute of International Education is administering the grant program in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

2014 International Engagement Award recipients recognized

Emerging International Engagement Award WinnerImproving food security in Tanzania and filling the shelves of libraries around the world are two projects recognized for their impact internationally at the Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards on May 1. The Office of International Affairs presented both emerging and distinguished international awards to honor the projects that demonstrate outstanding promise for the future and those that have already had a long-term record of sustained impact.

This year’s Emerging International Engagement Award was presented to the project, “Food Security and Rural Development in Tanzania.” Led by Professor David Kraybill, The International Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) is a five-year project funded by the United State Agency for International Development. The project's purpose is to increase the capacity of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives in Tanzania to achieve food security and improve the livelihoods of rural inhabitants. The project will receive $1,000 to support the growth of its programming.

This year’s Distinguished International Engagement Award was presented to the project, “Ohio Books for the World.” Led by Herb Ockerman, this project has been going on for almost 50 years and involves internationally shipping approximately 36,000 books in a container twice a year. Ockerman frequents bookstores to collect the books and ship them to Ohio State alumni all over the world to place in their university libraries. The project will receive $3,000 to support its continued success.

For more information about the University Outreach and Engagement Awards, visit the Outreach and Engagement website.

International student profile: William Lee

William LeeWhat is your home country and city?

South Korea, Seoul

What is your major(s)/minor(s)?

International Relations and Diplomacy / French

When did you arrive in the United States/Columbus and how long will you be here?

I have had been in U.S. for nearly six years and I have been in Columbus for the past two years.

Why did you choose Ohio State?

I heard many good stories about Ohio State regarding its academic programs and campus environment from my relatives, and also I am a financially independent student, so I chose a college that gave me the best scholarship.

What have you become involved with during your time at Ohio State (student organizations, jobs, etc.)?

My top priority was to make friends and pursue things that I always wanted. I also enjoyed trying out for new things, such as joining an a capella group on campus.

What most surprised you about your experience in Columbus and the United States?

I think what most surprised me was realizing how American students were not so different from myself.

What has been the hardest thing to adapt to since you've come to Columbus?

Cold weather was the hardest thing that I have had to adapt to. (Which I have failed.)

What is the most fun/exciting thing you've done since you arrived at Ohio State?

The most exciting thing I've done was creating my own organization called North Korea Future Research Organization.

How has the Office of International Affairs helped you adapt to campus life?

The Office of International Affairs helped me the most in making friends and new connections. Through the weekly held Global Engagement Night, I was able to connect with many international and non-international students and share unique experiences.

Over $1.25 million in FLAS Fellowships awarded

With generous support from the U.S. Department of Education and Ohio State's Graduate School, over 80 Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students are undergoing training in modern foreign languages or international studies under the Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program. Over $1.25 million in FLAS Fellowships were awarded from four of Ohio State’s Area Studies Centers for the 2013-2014 academic year and summer 2014.

The Center for Latin American Studies distributed over $278,500 in FLAS fellowships, of which 21 went to Ohio State students. The East Asian Studies Center distributed over $327,000 to 23 students. The Middle East Studies Center awarded over $290,000 to 19 students and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies awarded over $356,000 to 25 students.

FLAS fellowships are available for Ohio State graduate and professional school students – as well as select undergraduate students – pursuing a course of study that requires advanced foreign language and area studies training. To learn more about these fellowships, visit oia.osu.edu.

Students earn prestigious scholarships to study abroad

Fulbright LogoTwenty-five Ohio State students received prestigious scholarships allowing them to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Two students received the Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. These scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas often underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. interests.

Nine students were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs.

Fourteen students were offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright grants offer one year of academic study, research or teaching assistantship experience in more than 155 countries. Over 1,900 grants are awarded annually to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

Gilman Scholarship
Douglas Herrett (Spanish) - Chile
Benton Hoang (Biology) - China
Taniqua Ingol (Public Health) - India
Churchill Ndonwie (Health Information Management) - India
Victoria Parsons (Public Affairs) - Uganda
Sesen Paulos (Public Health) - India
Madeline Schloss (Psychology) - Costa Rica
Ashley Stickel (Spanish) - Chile
Taleitha Varner (Pharmaceutical Sciences) - Costa Rica

Boren Scholarship
Vyacheslav Dade (International Studies and Chinese) - China
Hannah McCandless (Economics and International Studies) - Kenya

Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants
Layla Banaie (International Studies and German) – Germany
Eric Connelly (Globalization Studies and Russian) – Russia
Anna Dorfi (Chemical Engineering) – Germany
Onyx Henry (Teaching and Learning) – Germany
Jordan Kelsey (Comparative Studies and Spanish) – Mexico
Rose Kramer (Spanish) – Peru
Yuchen Lin (Speech and Hearing Science and German) – Germany
Jennifer Mayer (Political Science and Chinese) – Taiwan
Erin McAuliffe (Political Science and German) – Thailand
Rebecca Monteleone (ASC Personalized Study Program) – United Kingdom
Emily Moore (International Studies) – Indonesia
Calla Sneller (International Studies and Spanish) – Brazil
Lauren Stabler (Political Science and German) – Germany
Stephanie Weisfield (International Studies and French) – Brazil

Pre-Departure Orientation held in China

PDOStudents from China received an early insider’s view of what to expect upon their arrival to Ohio State during Pre-Departure Orientation, a two–day program held in Beijing and Shanghai from June 14 – 20.

Ohio State is one of the first universities in the United States to organize a Pre-Departure Orientation in China. Last year more than 60 percent of incoming undergraduate students from China attended, and there were more than 300 students and 500 family members registered for this year’s program. Ohio State expects to welcome about 800 undergraduate students from China to Columbus this fall, an increase from last year’s incoming class of 567 undergraduates.

Now in its second year, the Pre-Departure Orientation offers an opportunity for students to meet Ohio State staff and faculty, learn about the Columbus area and prepare for the cultural and academic changes they will face inside and outside of the classroom. Parents and family members also attended a series of presentations that are geared to help them better understand the nuances of their student’s college experience and discover how they can best support their student’s academic pursuits.

Forty student volunteers welcomed new students and their families, assisted with translations and shared their own experiences at Ohio State during a student panel. Ohio State students shared tips on time management and how to study, and provided a description of the typical American classroom. 

In addition to the orientation, students and families had the chance to attend one of two alumni receptions, hosted in both Beijing and Shanghai, where they met with Ohio State graduates who live and work in China.

Pre-Departure Orientation is organized by the Office of International Affairs, Office of Student Life and Office of Enrollment Services. Visit oia.osu.edu to learn more about additional programming that supports international students and to view the Pre-Departure Orientation presentations.

Study Abroad Profile: Kavian Anderson

Kavian AndersonKavian Anderson, a biological engineering major, studied abroad in Costa Rica as part of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Costa Rica: Service Learning Program.

"Study abroad is an amazing opportunity for students to leave the country and gain hands on experience and exposure to a different culture. I believe that study abroad should be available to all students; and I wanted to study abroad in order to share my story with my peers and be an advocate so that other Black students are exposed more to these programs.

What specifically attracted me to the CFAES Costa Rica: Service Learning Program is that it caters to my studies, it was affordable and it was a great way to use my spring break to serve others. Many engineers don’t get a chance to study abroad because the curriculum doesn’t allow for it, so it excited me to learn that we would be building biodigesters on this trip, which is something I had been learning about in my classes. The $2,000 program fee was not too costly and it wasn’t very hard or an extreme burden to raise the funds to go on the trip. Finally, although I got to go to Costa Rica and bask in the beaches of Puerto Viejo, the vast majority of the trip was learning about sustainable practices and helping locals apply these practices to their work.

My favorite memory by far was hearing the thanks that we received after installing a biodigester in a farmer's yard. You could see that gratitude on Ishmael's face once the final screws were put into place. It was also great because I got hands on experience building a biodigester and learning about its intricacies. A biodigester takes waste from animals such as pigs and cows and transfers that into biogas which people can use for cooking and heating purposes."

Study Abroad Profile: Kristen Wright

Kristen WrightKristen Wright, a visual communication design major, studied abroad in Germany as part of an international exchange program.

“I learned more than I ever could’ve expected on this trip. It was my first time out of the country, and certainly not my last. I walked away feeling as if the whole point of my time abroad was not to just learn in the classroom, but learn from every experience I encountered. I chose this location and program because of the rich design history in Germany and our department’s long lasting relationship with HfG Gmünd.

One of my favorite moments was the realization that I had nearly assimilated to the culture of Gmünd. I enjoyed biking every morning and evening to class, I stopped for bretzels on the way, and I began to use the language to navigate my way around the country. I absolutely adored how the city considered the weekends and evenings to be restful and a time for family.”

Summer 2014 Global Perspectives

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