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Student Success is Office Success

When our students succeed, the Office of University Fellowships succeeds. Here are some recent examples of student success:

Chengleng Xiong, Social Work '16
Spring 2015 - Chengleng was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) from December 2014 through May 2015. The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversity the population of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they study by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might not participate in study abroad due to financial constraints. Xiong's ultimate career goal is to work with Hmong populations to increase access to education and heath care. Part of Xiong's follow-on service project, a requirement of the Gilman Scholarship application and award, is "to encourage younger youths and [his] peers to study abroad, to open up and learn about other cultures." 
Visit the Kearney International Center to learn about specific study abroad programs.
Visit the Office of University Fellowships to learn about additional funding opportunities for study abroad, such as the Gilman.

Laura Berg, Anthropology '15
Summer 2014 - Laura was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the Department of State and spent two months studying Japanese in Himeji, Japan. Read Laura's reflection on her experience [PDF] here (153 KiB)

Abrar Zawed, Biology '15
Summer 2014 - Abrar spent 12 weeks at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany studying the effects of chromosome abnormalities on human cells. Abrar was able to have this opportunity through a RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Fellowship, a program sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Abrar was one of 300 recipients of the fellowship from an applicant pool of over 2,200. Abrar assisted with research that will be included in an upcoming journal article. Abrar is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. He is already looking at research fellowships throughout the United States and Australia for next summer.

Makenzie Petzel, Social Work '16
Summer 2014 - Makenzie participated in a study abroad program through COSI-Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica and was awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant to assist her in this venture. During her time in Costa Rica, Makenzie took courses focused on Latin American culture and pursued research surrounding the high dropout rates of students in Costa Rica. Makenzie is a junior majoring in Social Work and minoring in Spanish. She is excited to apply her research on dropout rates in Costa Rica to her career as a social worker in the United States.

Adam Kronebusch, Biology '15
Summer 2014 - Adam Kronebusch was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic, where he actively engaged in an ongoing research investigation for 10 weeks and participated in weekly seminar series. Adam is a senior majoring in biology and intends to pursue fellowship opportunities to assist him with graduate school.