April 2, 2008
International Study Awards for Undergraduates Announced
Eight international study awards, which go to 14 Brown undergraduates, have been announced by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of International Affairs. This marks the first year that the Office of International Affairs has funded the program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — From France to Ethiopia, Scotland to American Samoa, eight student-faculty teams will travel to a foreign country this summer. Their funded projects will span the humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.
These international Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs), awarded to 14 students total, mark a new collaboration between the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of International Affairs.
The international UTRAs, which carry stipends of $3,500, offer students an important means to strengthen their experience abroad through intensive research with faculty.
“These are all terrific projects, integrating work at Brown with engagement in the world,” said David Kennedy, vice president for international affairs and the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations. “I hope this will mark the start of many new opportunities for students to deepen their academic work with global perspectives and experiences.”
The Corporation of Brown University approved Kennedy’s appointment in October 2007. In this newly created position, Kennedy leads the University’s ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its international programs and institutional relationships. Katherine Bergeron, dean of the College, said that the collaboration with Kennedy’s office allowed the College to offer substantially more undergraduate teaching and research grants than in past years.
“The additional resources allowed us to bring the total number of awards granted this year to 238 projects – a 20 percent increase over last year,” Bergeron said.
The summer 2008 international UTRA projects are:
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