Fulbright Scholar Awards

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Government's flagship international exchange program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Robin Ford, double major in International Studies (Europe) and Languages (German), and minor in Women's Studies, is the recipient of a 2010-2011 Fulbright Research Scholar Award for Germany. Her research project will focus on third wave feminism and grassroots activism. 

Melanie Clairmont Parrett, double major in International Studies (Northeast Asia) and History, is the recipient of a 2010-2011 Fulbright Research Scholar Award for China. Her research project will focus on the evolution of Miao/Hmong oral culture.

Amy Voss, International Studies (Europe) and Languages (German) double major, has been named as a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar. Amy will work as a teaching assistant in Germany during the next academic year. This will be her second scholarship year in Germany; she was UAA's first Congress-Bundestag Scholarship recipient for the academic year 2006-2006, when she spent a very formative year in Dresden. In addition to the Fulbright Award, Amy is also sharing the highly competitive UAA Discovery Award, one of the University Honors College award programs.

Fulbright Programs: http://www.iie.org/fulbright


U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

William Giedosh, International Studies (Russia), Russia 2012
Benjamin Woodland, International Studies (Europe) and Languages (German), Turkey 2012
Rosalyn Thompson, International Studies (Russia) and Languages (Russian), Russia 2011
Melanie Parrett, International Studies (NE Asia), China 2009

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program:  http://www.clscholarship.org/index.html


Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA)

The Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA) is held each fall at the U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint. The conference brings together college students from across the country and Westpoint cadets to discuss global issues that affect U.S. foreign policy. Students work together to create policy papers and meet foreign policy experts from around the world.

Alyssa Bish, International Studies (Europe track), and History, 2012
Benjamin Woodland, International Studies (Europe track), and Languages (German), 2011
Meneka Thiru, International Studies (Europe track), and Languages (German), 2011
Kimberly Pitney, International Studies (Europe track), 2010
Rosalyn Thompson, International Studies (Russia track), and Languages (Russian) 2010 (alternate)
Jackie Engebretson, International Studies  (Europe track), 2009
Melanie Parrett,  International Studies (NE Asia track), and History, 2009

Student Conference on U.S. Affairs Official Site: http://www.usma.edu/sosh/SitePages/SCUSA.aspx

UAA Application Process: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/ours/opportunities/research/scusa.cfm


Export Council of Alaska Scholarship Recipients

Haley Dampier, International Studies (Europe track), 2013
Lucas Johnson, International Studies (Europe track), 2013
Gerhard Sells, International Studies (Europe track), 2013
Kateryna Zozulya, International Studies, 2013
Alyssa Bish, International Studies (Europe track) and History, 2012
Haley Dampier, International Studies (Europe track), 2012
Erik Peterson, International Studies (NE Asia track) and Languages (Japanese), 2012
Chasity Baker-Spann, International Studies (Russia track), 2011
Haley Dampier, International Studies (Europe track), 2011
Meneka Thiru, International Studies (Europe track) and Languages (Spanish), 2011
Tsugumi Kozuma, International Studies (Europe track), 2010
Eric Nilan, International Studies (Europe track), 2010
Benjamin Woodland, International Studies (Europe track) and Languages (German), 2010
Jackie Engebretson, International Studies (Europe track), 2009
Melanie Parrett, International Studies (NE Asia track) and History, 2009
Eric Romig, International Studies (Europe track) and Languages (Spanish), 2009
Rosalyn Thompson, International Studies (Russia track) and Languages (Russian), 2009

Export Council of Alaska Scholarship Information:  http://www.alaska.net/~export/Scholarships.htm


UAA Student Showcase

Haley Dampier, International Studies (Europe), received Honorable Mention at the 2011 Annual Student Showcase competition. Her paper was titled, "Contemporary Crusade, Where We Stand Post 9/11" for ENGL A214.

William Giedosh, International Studies (Russia), presented a paper on "The Greatest Russian Modernish Against Modernity" at the 2011 Student Showcase competition.

Joel Hebert, International Studies (Europe) and History, presented the winning entry at the 2010 Annual Student Showcase with his paper entitled, "Witnessing Revolution: British Expatriates, Diplomats, and Visitors in 1917 Russia."

Melanie Parrett, International Studies (NE Asia) and History, presented a paper on "The Rise of the Samurai after the Genpei War" at the 2010 Showcase.


Other Student Accomplishments

Our Students - AY 2011-2012

Erik Peterson, double major in Languages (Japanese) and International Studies (NE Asia track), has received a United/Continental Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming academic year. He has also received an American Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarship (http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.html) and a Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarship (http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/morgan.html).

Sarena Hackemiller, alumni of International Studies Program-Canada track, has been accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to help teach English abroad for seven months starting October 2012. She will be working for the Academie de Reims, which is just northeast of Paris.

Alyssa Bish, double major in Languages (Spanish) and International Studies (Europe track), has been awarded an academic tuition waiver for the full cost of her spring term. This award was by the UAA International and Intercultural Task Force, through the Student Affairs Office.

Benjamin G. Woodland, a member of the Forty-Ninth State Fellows as well as a double-major in International Studies and German, is the recipient of the 2012-13 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Germany. Ben will receive $27,000 for one academic year and pursue studies in African languages at a German University.

Sarena Hackenmiller, International Studies (Canada track), was awarded a $1500 scholarship by the Elizabeth Tower Endowment to support her study at the Universite de Sherbooke in Quebec in 2011-2012.

Tower Endowment


Our Students - AY 2010-2011

Cortney Corbet, International Studies (Russia Track) major, has been awarded the UAA Kibrik and Bergelson Study or Research in Russia Scholarship in the amount of $2500. Cortney will spend fall semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, studying Russian language and culture, and will graduate from UAA in December.

The Kibrik and Bergelson Study in Russia Scholarship offers financial assistance for tuition and other educational expenses including air travel to or from Russia to University of Alaska Anchorage students who are studying or conducting research in Russia. Preference will be given to those that are majoring in language, communications, and/or anthropology.

Cortney Corbet, International Studies (Russia Track) major, has been awarded the Fall 2011 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year's application cycle was highly competitive, with over 2,500 applications for 960 awards. Congratulations Cortney!

William Giedosh, International Studies (Russia), has had a paper accepted to a national conference. He will present his paper "Collateral Damage: Understanding Gender Based Military Violence with a Comparison of Two Russian Writers" at the 2011 Midwest Slavic Conference at Ohio State University. The Midwest Slavic Conference is a major interdisciplinary meeting, attracting over 200 scholars from a number of disciplines related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus every year.

The Midwest Slavic Conference: http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/mwsc.html

Student Spotlight: Meneka Thiru, International Studies & Spanish
Meneka Thiru is a rising star who is affecting change on UAA's campus and beyond. Born and raised in Anchorage by her native Sri Lankan parents, 21 year old Meneka has a passion for world travel and international affairs.  Read more of her story here.

Alumna Featured in Seawolf Weekly
Alumna Dayana Hankins, B.A. International Studies 2010, was featured in the Seawolf Weekly on January 26, 2011.  Originally from Lima Peru, Dayana Hankins comes from a diverse background that shaped who she is today. Her father comes from a Chiliean and Peruvian family, and her mother is from Colombia.

As a child, Dayana studied in a private French-speaking school in Lima Peru, where French became a natural language. "I always thought after I finished high school I would attend a University in France; however, life had other plans for me," she said.

INTL Studies Major Debate Top Speaker
Vasilios Gialopsos, International Studies (Europe), has been named the top speaker from the United States at the 2011 World Universities Debating Championships and in the top 4% of student debaters in the world. Vasilios got his start in debating at UAA by winning Top Speaker in the Cabin Fever Debate Tournament at UAA in 2007.


Our Students - AY 2009-2010

UAA/Heifer International China Study Trip, Summer 2010
International Studies majors Diana Deausen, Dayana Hankins, Meneka Thiru, and Kim Pitney traveled to China with UAA Professors Dorn Van Dommelen (Geography and Environmental Studies) and Mara Kimmel (Political Science). In China, the group explored agricultural development focusing on sustainable 'agro-ecological' systems. The class visited Heifer International devlopment projects as case studies to help understand how sustainable agricultural development can help solve some of the world's grave food security, poverty, and environmental problems.

International Studies major Maya Radonich is the new Administrative Assistant for the Alaska World Affairs Council. This is a wonderful professional development opportunity. Congratulations to Maya!

Alaska World Affairs Council:  http://alaskaworldaffairs.org

Heather Shelton, an International Studies major in the Europe track and double major in German, was awarded the highly competitive full-year scholarship Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals for the 2010-2011 academic year. The participants receive two months of German language training, one semester of study at a German University, and a five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment. Congratulations to Heather and her faculty mentor, Dr. Natasa Masanovic.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange: http://www.cdsintl.org/cbyx/index.htm

Jackie Engebretson, International Studies (Europe) major and Women's Studies and History double minor, has accepted an internship with the U.S. Agency for International Development through American University's Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program. The WINS program offers students of sovereign American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Participating students will gain professional work experience through interning at a federal agency or private firm, take courses focusing on Native American public policy concerns, and participate in social and cultural extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to Jackie and to her faculty mentor, Dr. Patricia Fagan.

Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS): http://www1.american.edu/wins/index.html

Eric Nilan (International Studies, Europe Track) and Kim Pitney (Double major in International Studies, Europe Track and Economics) received travel funding to represent UAA at the national Heifer U conference in February 2010. Held in Little Rock, Arkansas, this is a biennial meeting of students from across the country, who are engaged in Heifer International activiities on their campuses. Heifer International is an international NGO (non-government organization) engaged in agricultural development activities around the world.

Last year International Studies major Joel Hebert was one of three UAA representatives at the conference. UAA students have developed a Heifer International Club on campus.

UAA Heifer International Club: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/clubs/heifer-international.cfm

Teresa Combs, International Studies (Northeast Asia) and Languages (Japanese and Russian) double major, received a grant from the Alaska International Education Foundation to fund her work as a volunteer teaching English to university students in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She will be in Vietnam for 3-6 months.

Richard (Joe) Cardenas, an International Studies major in the Europe track, completed an academic internship in Spring 2009 at the Washington Center, Washington, DC, with the generous support of BP and the Honors Program. While at the Washington Center, Joe studied International Organizations and Humanitarian Law and served as an intern at the Embassy of Mexico, NAFTA desk.

The Washington Center: http://www.twc.edu/defaults.shtml

Renata Ballesteros López, an International Studies major in the Europe track and double major in German, was awarded the highly competitive full-year scholarship Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals for the 2009-2010 academic year The participants receive two months of German language training, one semester of study at a German university and a five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment.  Congratulations to Renata and her faculty mentor Dr. Natasa Masanovic.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange: http://www.cdsintl.org/cbyx/index.htm

Cameron Cartland, a double major in International Studies and Russian with a minor in Economics, was selected for the Summer 2008 American Councils Business Russian Language and Internship Program in Russia.  Cameron graduated from UAA in May 2008.

American Councils Business: http://www.acrussiaabroad.org/