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
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
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
Alyssa Bish, International Studies (Europe track) and History, 2012
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.
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
Alumna Featured in Seawolf Weekly
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
Our Students - AY 2009-2010
UAA/Heifer International China Study Trip, Summer 2010
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.orgHeather 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
Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS): http://www1.american.edu/wins/index.html
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/