Tag: Study Abroad

[grow] It Takes a Village

grow — Wisconsin’s Magazine for the Life Sciences — Summer 2011

Waves of undergrads in Uganda with UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have taken the African proverb as a call to action. Their engagement has included founding a nonprofit and choosing careers in which they serve communities at home and abroad.

IT WAS A SHORT WALK FROM the village of Biwolobo, deep in the Ugandan countryside, to the pool where villagers got water for drinking, cooking and bathing. But the trip, a mere daily errand for locals, would have profound consequences for the CALS study abroad students who accompanied them.

After a few minutes they arrived at the narrow pool, which was set in a rock with steep walls on three sides. Slippery dirt stairs led down to the water’s edge. The water was brown and murky, with scum and bits of garbage floating on it. In a country where few people know how to swim, the pool invited tragedy. In the past month alone, two children had drowned while fetching water, then-student Jenna Klink BS’07 recalls learning.

Read the full article in the grow summer 2011 publication.

Go Global! Twitter Initiative Ranked as Finalist in GoAbroad Innovation Awards

A twitter account created by the UW Go Global! Initiative has been selected as a finalist in the “Innovative Use of Social Media” category of the GoAbroad.com Innovation Awards.

As stated on the GoAbroad website, the purpose of these awards is to acknowledge institutions, organizations, and individuals who are creating initiatives to move the field of international education forward, and to commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional.

Go Global! is a project of Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison providing information and resources for UW students, alumni, and others exploring their options to work internationally, both here in the United States and abroad.

Follow the twitter feed: @Go_Global

Emma Lawson Awarded $4,000 to Study in Beijing

UW–Madison student Emma Lawson was recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Program Service – Fulbright-Hays Groups Project Abroad (GPA) Project: Advanced Chinese Language Training Programs. Through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Center Intensive Chinese Language  program, Lawson is spending the summer studying abroad through the Tianjin Program in Tianjin, China, and then moving to Beijing, China for the fall 2011 semester program.

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Kyle Schroeckenthaler Awarded $20,000 from the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

UW –Madison student Kyle Schroeckenthaler was awarded $20,000 from the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships fund to help fund his 2011-2012 academic year in Beijing, China through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Center Intensive Chinese Language program.

“I spent the past summer in China studying Mandarin on the university’s Tianjin Program.  I’m quite impatient to return,” says Schroeckenthaler. “I really enjoy the culture and atmosphere of China, as well as the experience of studying abroad.”

According to the latest data reports, China is the third most popular destination for study abroad students across campus. UW–Madison’s International Academic Programs (IAP) currently offers 11 programs in China.

Congratulations, Kyle!

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Badger Receives Distinguished Student Researcher Award for Work in the Rainforest

Joanna Klass

Joanna Klass

Joanna Klass, recent UW-Madison graduate with a degree in zoology and biological aspects of conservation,  had a fascinating experience abroad. With assistance from the School for Field Studies (SFS), Joanna was given the opportunity to go abroad for the first time and conduct biological research in the rainforests of Australia. Since returning, she has been awarded the Distinguished Student Researcher Award for her research paper on her findings in the rainforest.

SFS presented only five students with awards in recognition of the exceptional environmental research conducted during their study abroad semesters. The SFS award also recognizes the students’ leadership exhibited while working with a team of student and faculty researchers in the field.

Each year, SFS honors exceptional students for making important contributions in environmental research. SFS semester students engage in undergraduate research guided by SFS faculty on projects related to the SFS Center’s Five Year Research Plan (5YRP). Outcomes of these Directed Research (DR) projects provide information and recommendations to community members and other stakeholders on critical, local environmental issues. Students are nominated by SFS faculty based on their demonstrated sophistication in research design, field work, and reporting; their leadership skills and teamwork; and their contribution to the  5YRP.

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