Texas A&M Again Ranks in Top 10 for National Merit Scholars


2009 National Merit Scholars

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Texas A&M University ranks among the country’s top 10 institutions in enrollment of new National Merit Scholars, according to tabulations compiled from the newly released annual report of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Of these high-achieving students, 189 are members of the current freshman class.

The 27-student gain of National Merit Scholars in Texas A&M’s 2009 freshman class was the largest for any of the top 10 universities when compared to figures for the previous year. This analysis was conducted by the Honors Programs office at the university. Texas A&M placed 13th with 162 scholars in last year’s ranking.

“This is great news — and extremely gratifying coming right after the announcement last week that Texas A&M is included among the nation’s top 10 public universities in a ‘best value’ assessment by The Princeton Review and USA Today,” noted Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin, who added “this is a great way to start off the new year.”

Honors Program Executive Director Edward Funkhouser concurred: “The increased number of new scholars is an affirmation of the enriching college experience offered here at Texas A&M and which we in our offices are pleased to coordinate. We are able to tell the Texas A&M story to many high-achieving students in Texas and across the United States, and many of them, in turn, strive to be part of that experience.”

Overall, the Texas A&M student body includes more than 550 National Merit Scholars, Funkhouser noted.

The new National Merit Scholar list is led, as has been the case for many years, by Harvard, with 266 scholars. Northwestern University placed second (246), followed by the University of Texas at Austin (245), Yale (234), University of Southern California (229), Washington University in St. Louis (223), University of Chicago (214), Princeton (196) and the University of Oklahoma (196).

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Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Seeking Applicants

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the inauguration of an exciting new program: The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), which aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

The 9-week experience, from June 15 to August 17, 2010, will take place in three cities: Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. All program-related costs will be covered.

Upon returning to the U.S., students will be expected to share their experiences with peers on their home campuses and to explore ways to incorporate what they learned over the summer into their academic and professional careers.

Interested American and Indonesian sophomores and juniors enrolled in U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply, using the online application at http://www.iie.org/programs/finip. The deadline for submission of completed applications is February 15, 2010.

For further information and guidance in applying, contact Kyle Mox – kemox@tamu.edu or (979) 845.1957.

Deadline Approaches for DAAD Scholarship in Germany

The deadline for the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship Program to Germany is coming up on January 31st 2010.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany.  Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.  Funding is offered for the academic year 2010/11 (starting in fall 2010) and includes a monthly stipend, health insurance and a lump sum for travel.

For program details please view our website: www.daad.org/?p=undergrad

Current DAAD-Scholar blogs: http://daadabroad.wordpress.com/

DAAD Young Ambassadors: http://www.daad.org/page/65670/

Study Biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon

The Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Program at Texas A&M announced its annual Amazon Field School will be May 13-31 in the lowland rain forests of southeastern Peru. The course will take place in the Tambopata National Reserve, a region with some of the highest recorded levels of biodiversity in the world. Students will engage in a variety of field methods from the biological and social sciences to evaluate the causes, consequences and solutions to biodiversity loss. Participants will explore a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, visit local communities, organizations and ecotourism lodges, and talk with conservation practitioners and scientists.

Students are required to cover the cost of airfare (approximately $1,300), and some personal expenses (approximately $300), but all other food, lodging and local transportation will be provided. This course confers 3-4 academic credits and all Texas A&M graduate and upper division undergraduate students who have a strong interest in the social and ecological dimensions of biodiversity conservation are eligible.

To apply, send a two-page CV and letter of interest explaining why you want to attend this course by Friday (Dec. 11) to the Applied Biodiversity Science NSF-IGERT Program Coordinator Elizabeth Shapiro:  absigert@tamu.edu. For more information, see: http://biodiversity.tamu.edu/field_school.html.

Italy Study Abroad Extends Deadline

You could spend the summer studying in the heart of Tuscany (with a little help from Honors).

The deadline for the Italy Summer 2010 faculty-led study abroad program has been extended to December 16, 2009!

Any student who has received a four-year Honors Programs scholarship is also eligible for a $1,000 Study Abroad Stipend.

More information, as well as the program application, can be found on the Study Abroad Programs Office’s website: http://studyabroad.tamu.eduApplications are due on December 16, 2009.  Applicants will be notified by December 21, 2009 regarding whether or not they have been selected to participate in the Italy Summer program.

The Italy Summer 2010 course offerings include:

ARTS 350: Arts & Civilization (3 hrs)

HORT 489: international Horticulture (3 hrs)

MUSC 201: Music & the Human Experience (3 hrs)

POLS 313: Public Opinion (3 hrs)

Questions? Contact Amy Schulze in the Study Abroad Programs Office at aschulze@tamu.edu.

Homeland Security Offers Scholarships, Internships for Science and Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it is now accepting applications for its DHS Scholarships and DHS Summer Internships.

The DHS Undergraduate Scholarship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS Mission. The program supports students at the undergraduate level. The award includes full tuition and fees and a monthly stipend plus a 10-week summer internship doing research in a DHS-related area. Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at various federal research facilities. Participants receive a stipend of $500 each week plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location.

Application Deadline: January 5, 2010.