Fulbright Grants to Fund Study Abroad

The online application for the Fulbright Program for US Students is now open.  Fulbright is the premier study abroad program for US students, providing complete support for an entire academic year of foreign study or research.

Sponsored by the US Department of State, Fulbright annually awards over 1,300 grants to support foreign research or study in over 140 countries. A Fulbright grant entirely supports one academic year of study, research, or teaching assistantship experience—projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and hold at least a bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant period (i.e. graduating seniors and graduate students may apply). Students should begin preparing their applications at the end of their third/junior year of undergraduate study.

The Fulbright program provides invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with people of various cultures, promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in local communities, and fosters appreciation of other’s viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think, through direct interaction with them on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks.

For more information on the Fulbright Program for US Students, visit http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.

For information on how to apply to the program, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/program_universities_school.html?id=806 or http://honors.tamu.edu/advising/NationalScholarships_ApplicationProcedures.shtml.

For further guidance on the application process, contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator at kemox@tamu.edu or 979.204.4709.

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Pew Charitable Trust Offers New Internship

The Pew Leadership Year

The Pew Leadership Year offers hands-on experience in public policy advocacy, research and communications to individuals who are dedicated to building a leadership career in the public or nonprofit sectors and have recently completed an undergraduate or advanced degree.  The first Pew Leadership Year will begin in September 2010 and conclude in August 2011.

These year-long, paid positions – all based in our Washington, DC, office – will provide 22 exceptionally talented graduates the chance to work alongside Pew professionals, gaining valuable skills while making important contributions to our work.  Pew Leadership Fellows will learn and hone essential skills that will help them thrive not only during their tenure at Pew, but in any chosen career.

Participants will work with a diverse group of Pew staff in specific departments.  Through observation and involvement, each fellow will have the opportunity to work on critical issues, which may include: global conservation; U.S. land conservation; marine environmental advocacy; global warming and energy policy; federal banking regulations; financial reform; state fiscal issues; election initiatives; public safety; the healthy development of young children; and early childhood education.

Each program participant will focus on one discipline – advocacy/policy, research or communications – within one department – Pew Center on the States, Pew Economic Policy Group, Pew Environment Group or Pew Health Group.  While immersed in one area, participants will have ample exposure to other program areas and attend professional and leadership development seminars.

During their Pew Leadership year, Fellows will have a wide range of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Conduct original research and writing projects.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data.
  • Provide financial assistance to advocates and other leaders to educate policy makers and the public about the benefits of various programs.
  • Become immersed in the research, planning, strategy formulation and execution of a multi-state advocacy campaign.
  • Help prepare for press and other events and attend seminars, briefings or congressional hearings.
  • Assist in efforts to educate policy makers, coordinate work with coalition partners and create fact sheets and other materials.
  • Help create effective online presentations that promote various issues and campaigns.
  • Track legislation and relevant press coverage and research public officials’ records and statements.
  • Support a broad range of advocacy activities.

Eligibility

The Pew Leadership Year is open to individuals graduating with a bachelor or advanced degree from December 2009 through August 2010.  Individuals who studied the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: economics, political science, environmental science, health science, communications, journalism or public policy.  An applicant must have the legal right to work in the United States at the time of applying to the program.

The criteria for assessment of applicants will include:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills through academic studies and/or work experience, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner for a general audience.
  • Demonstrated interest through academic study and/or prior full-time or part-time work experience in building a leadership career.
  • Demonstrated understanding of policy, research and organizational issues.
  • Ability to perform substantive research.
  • Results-oriented style with a focus on process and achievement.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues.

Application Process

Applications are available online in the Careers @ Pew / Pew Leadership Year section of Pew’s website at www.pewtrusts.org.   We suggest you create a login ID and password, allowing for future access to edit your information.

Applications should be submitted no later than May 24, 2010.

A cover letter is not required.

School transcript and recommendation letters are required at the time of an office interview.

Essays:  In addition to the application questions, two essays are required.  Each essay should be no longer than 400 words.  Each should be a concise, well-written essay describing your academic studies and other relevant experiences and how each has prepared you to pursue a career in public policy or the nonprofit sector. The essays may include any notable coursework, research activities, participation in local, regional, or national volunteer activities, and work experience. Your essays should also provide information illustrating your leadership experience and ability to work independently as well as in teams.

Essay 1:

Explain your reasons for applying to Pew’s one-year leadership program and why you have chosen your areas of interest.   Include how your education and prior experiences make you well-qualified for the position.  What strengths and ideas do you bring to the role?

Essay 2:

Describe an experience that demonstrates your leadership abilities and qualities.  What was the objective of the effort, and what role did you play to encourage success?  In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?

Interview Process

You will be contacted in late May should you be selected for an interview.  The first round of interviews will be conducted by telephone.  We expect to invite finalist candidates to our Washington, DC, office for a last round of interviews in the first two weeks of June.  Arrangements may be made for a video-conference interview in lieu of an in-office interview.

Please note that applicants are responsible for any travel expenses.

Offers will be extended in late June/early July 2010.

Program Areas Hosting Pew Leadership Fellows

Pew Center on the States

Pew’s Center on the States (PCS) works to advance state policies that serve the public interest. PCS conducts credible research, brings together diverse perspectives, and analyzes states’ experiences to determine what works and what does not. We work with a wide variety of partners to identify and advance nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions for pressing problems affecting Americans. www.pewcenteronthestates.org

–          Policy/Advocacy Positions – Children’s Campaign

–          Research Positions – State Fiscal Policy and Government Performance

Pew Economic Policy Group

Pew’s Economic Policy Group (PEPG) combines a belief in the importance of upward mobility and the power of the market economy. In this spirit, we promote policies and practices that strengthen and ensure the future competitiveness of the U.S. economy by cultivating new bipartisan coalitions, informing critical national debates and striving toward meaningful policy change. www.pewtrusts.org/economicpolicy

–          Research Positions – Subsidyscope; Financial Reform

Pew Environment Group
The Pew Environment Group (PEG) is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts and focuses primarily on addressing the problems of climate change, the preservation of large intact wilderness ecosystems, and the protection of the global marine environment. www.pewenvironment.org

–          Policy/Advocacy  Positions – Campaigns; Government and Field Operations

–          Communications Positions

Pew Health Group

The Pew Health Group (PHG) seeks to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.  Based on research and critical analysis, the program advocates policies that reduce unacceptable health risks, focusing on areas that include food, medical and consumer product safety. www.pewtrusts.org/health

–          Communications Positions – Web and Media

–          Policy/Advocacy Positions – Financial Security Portfolio

We are an equal opportunity employer.

New Honors Course on Adoption Narratives Offered

Many students may be interested in a new course being team-taught by Dr. Claudia Nelson and Dr. Liz Talafuse: ENGL 394-200: “The History and Development of Adoption Narratives.”

The course will survey representations of adoption primarily in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American, British, and Canadian fiction, children’s literature, memoir, drama, film, and social science writing to explore the development of the adoption narrative as a genre. Throughout the semester, the class will investigate what narratives of adoption suggest about the concept of “family.” Questions to be considered include: What does “family” mean if the biological component is absent? How are the concepts of “family” and “blood” connected? How does the adopted child understand his/her position in the adoptive family? How do authors and readers respond to adoptive parenthood? The literature included in this course will examine adoption from the perspectives of adoptive families, biological families, and adopted children. Furthermore, we will investigate how representations of adoption have/have not changed over time.

The course is MWF, 12:40 pm to 1:30 pm. It will count as an upper-level Humanities course towards both Foundation and University Honors.

For further information, contact Dr. Nelson – claudia_nelson@tamu.edu – or Dr. Talafuse – Talafuse@gmail.com.  Further course information may be found via the course listing at http://howdy.tamu.edu.

Four Aggies Honored by Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

 

Four Texas A&M University undergraduates have been honored by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program: Tyler Behm ’12 and Ashwathi “Abbee” Mohan ’12 were selected as scholars and Matthew Grunewald ’12 and Yen-Nan Lin ’12 were selected as Honorable Mentions. This is the first time since 2001 that all four University nominees were recognized in the Goldwater competition.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the United States’ premier undergraduate award for the fields of math, science, and engineering. In this year’s competition, 278 sophomores and juniors out of a pool of over 1,100 students were selected as Goldwater Scholars. To date, 37 Texas A&M University students have been honored as Goldwater Scholars.

 

Tyler Behm ’12 graduated from MacArthur High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. As a physics and math double-major, his primary research interests include dark energy and telescope construction. His research under Dr. Darren DePoy will contribute to the Dark Energy Camera in Chile, and his research with Dr. Peter McIntyre will debut on the Discover Channel show “Weird or What?” in the fall of 2010. This past semester, Tyler studied abroad at University College London, and in the future, he hopes to lead international astronomy research projects.

 

In reaction to his selection, Behm commented, “This is a total shock to my system. If a nuclear reactor ever experienced an emotion, this would be it.” When asked how his selection as a Goldwater Scholar will aid his progress towards his long-term goals, he remarked, “I want to be a leader in the field of astrophysics, and the Goldwater Scholarship has given me the resources and energy to make it happen.”

 

Ashwathi Mohan ‘12 is a Molecular and Cell Biology major, Classics minor who attended Health Careers High School in San Antonio. A University Scholar, she is currently working in Dr. Steve Lockless’ laboratory, studying evolutionarily conserved networks of amino acids in proteins and their role in intein function. She plans to pursue an M.D.Ph.D. and a career in biomedical research, focusing on the study and treatment of metabolic disorders.

 

“Aside from the initial surprise of being selected, it’s really rewarding to have my research experiences and interests recognized and commended at the national level,” Mohan commented. “It’s also a great feeling to be representing A&M at the national level.” When asked about the importance of the Goldwater Scholarship program, Mohan continued, “The Goldwater Scholarship stresses even more the need for advances in science and research. [It] has definitely strengthened my conviction to pursue a career in biomedical research and has made accomplishing this goal quite a bit easier.”

Honorable mention Matthew Grunewald ’12 is a Genetics and Biochemistry double-major from Madison, Mississippi. A University Scholar, his major research interests are genomic engineering, specifically as applied to treatment of genetic disorders. He will pursue a PhD in Biochemistry, and he was recently selected to participate in the German government’s DAAD-RISE program, through which he will conduct research on adult stem cells in the coming summer.

 

Also selected as an Honorable Mention is Yen-Nan Lin ’12, who attended the Texas Academy of Math and Science. A Regents Scholar, Lin is a Chemistry major whose  primary research interest is neural engineering. In the long-term, he will focus on neural cell regeneration and degeneration, with application towards neurological disorders such as dementia, spinocerebellar ataxia, and dystonia. He also volunteers with Brian’s House, a non-profit childcare program for children with AIDS and other illnesses, and has served as a camp counselor at Camp Summit, a summer camp for children with mental disorders.

Goldwater Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue research careers. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 73 Rhodes Scholarships, 102 Marshall Awards (7 of the 40 awarded in the United States in 2009), and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Recent Aggie Goldwater Scholars of note include Joel Turtle ’11, Robert E. Rogers ‘11 Rhodes Scholarship finalist Andrew Matteson ’08, Hertz Foundation Fellow Luke Hunter ’08, and Rhodes Scholar Nick Anthis ’05.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law 99-661 on November 14, 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. In its twenty-four-year history, the Foundation has awarded 6,079 scholarships worth approximately fifty-eight million dollars. The Trustees plan to award about three hundred scholarships for the 2011–2012 academic year.

To apply, students must first be nominated by the University. For further information on the nomination procedure, contact Kyle Mox, National Scholarships Coordinator, at 845-1957.

 

 

 

University Scholar Katy Ralston Wins Major Journalism Prize

Katy Ralston , a sophomore communication major at Texas A&M University from Rogers, Texas, has been awarded a 10-day journalism study trip to Japan by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Ralston is one of nine winners chosen out of hundreds of applicants for the annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Ralston has worked at Texas A&M’s student newspaper, The Battalion, as a news and enterprise reporter since her freshman year. She also writes for “The Invisible Jungle,” a student-operated program produced by KAMU, Texas A&M’s National Public Radio affiliate.

The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press International from 1912-1920.

Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said the prize responds to the need for today’s student journalists to better understand international affairs, adding that of the nearly 250,000 American students who study abroad each year, only about 10 percent select a country in Asia.

The expenses-paid trip will be led by Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the journalism school at Indiana University and a Roy W. Howard scholar, who has extensive travel experience throughout Asia. Travel begins June 11 and includes excursions in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, the site of the first atomic bomb dropped on any city, where events to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II are planned for the students.

“We are honoring the legacy of Roy Howard with this reporting award because he lived a global life as a reporter and editor long before most journalism schools taught about international reporting,” said Hamm. “These young journalists will have the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about the media and culture of Japan.”

The winners, whose entries represent print, broadcast and online media, were chosen for the high quality of their work, essays about their interest in international affairs and letters of recommendations.

The Battalion, the student newspaper at Texas A&M since 1893, is a 2008 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker winner. It is a forum for student expression, which serves the university community by reporting the news of the day and by developing opinions regarding issues of interest to readers, say advisers. The Battalion trains students in news journalism by setting high standards and by providing the resources and guidance to reach those standards, organizers say.

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. It is the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps Company, a diverse, 131-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information Web sites, and licensing and syndication.

Contact: Tura King, News & Information Services, (979) 845-4670 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 845-4670 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Sue Porter, The E. W. Scripps Company, (513) 977-3030 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (513) 977-3030 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; or Cheri Shipman, The Battalion news advisor, (979) 458-1207 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (979) 458-1207

Students Asked to Nominate Faculty for Mentoring Award

Former Wells Fargo Award Recipient Prof. Rodney Hill (ARCH)
Former Wells Fargo Award Recipient Prof. Rodney Hill (ARCH)

Students in the Honors community have the opportunity to nominate their best professors for the 2010 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award. The award, which carries a cash stipend and public recognition, is given annually to an outstanding Honors Faculty. Students must nominate faculty for this award.

Nomination forms are available at http://honors.tamu.edu/downloads_forms.shtml and are due by Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

PKP to Provide FREE Princeton Review Strategy Session

As part of the upcoming Phi Kappa Phi “Blitz Week,” The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be providing a FREE strategy session with the Princeton Review on Thursday, February 25, to the first 50 students who RSVP.

During the FREE session, representatives from the Princeton Review will provide some valuable strategies for tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT.

When: 4 pm to 6 pm

Where: Architecture Building C – Room 207

Why: Because you want to succeed! And because it’s FREE.

To RSVP to this FREE strategy session, send an email to Kyle Mox (kemox@tamu.edu) with the subject line “RSVP Princeton Review.” The RSVP must contain the following information:

1) Full name

2) Current major

3) Current classification and date of expected graduation

4) Post-baccalaureate plans (e.g. med school, grad school, don’t know)

5) Test in which you are most interested (e.g. GRE, LSAT, don’t know)