Opportunities for student veterans and service members.

Are you an active or veteran service member or spouse? Looking to advance your education and career so you can continue making a positive impact? Come learn more about nationally competitive awards for student veterans and service members and their spouses.

Tuesday, January 27, 4pm
Disque 109 (32nd & Chestnut)

Featured awards:

Tillman Military Scholars Program

Supports high-impact active or veteran service members and their spouses by covering the needs left unpaid by the GI Bill and other government support.

Boren Awards

Awards designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.

Fulbright US Student Programs Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantship

Two programs designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates and graduate students opportunities for personal development and international experience.

Truman Scholarship

For outstanding juniors who are U.S. citizens and planning to study in any field that leads to a career in public service or government.

For more information please contact Drexel Fellowships Office (fellowships@drexel.edu)

 

Fellowship Opportunities for International Students: Graduate Students

Friday, January 23, 12-1 PM
Disque 109
*Light lunch provided

In spite of the growing number of international students in US institutions, fellowship opportunities remain limited for this group of students. This info session will provide an overview of what fellowships are (e.g. why/how they are different from financial aid), provide guidance for researching fellowship opportunities, and highlight several awards that may be of particular interest to graduate international students at Drexel.

Please RSVP at fellowships@drexel.edu.

Fellowship Opportunities for International Students: Undergraduates

Thursday, January 22, 4-5PM
Bossone 302
*Refreshments provided

In spite of the growing number of international students in US institutions, fellowship opportunities remain limited for this group of students. This info session will provide an overview of what fellowships are (e.g. why/how they are different from financial aid), provide guidance for researching fellowship opportunities, and highlight several awards that may be of particular interest to undergraduate international students at Drexel.

Please RSVP at fellowships@drexel.edu.

Opportunities for student veterans and service members.

Are you an active or veteran service member or spouse? Looking to advance your education and career so you can continue making a positive impact? Come learn more about nationally competitive awards for student veterans and service members and their spouses. These info sessions will provide an overview of several programs awards that are interested in veteran and active service applicants, including Tillman Military Scholars and Boren Awards, and others. We will also discuss how to find other awards and prepare a strong application for nationally-competitive awards.

Friday, January 16, 12noon
Disque 109 (32nd & Chestnut)

Featured awards:

Tillman Military Scholars Program

Supports high-impact active or veteran service members and their spouses by covering the needs left unpaid by the GI Bill and other government support.

Boren Awards

Awards designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.

Fulbright US Student Programs Fulbright Study/Research  and  Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Two programs designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates and graduate students opportunities for personal development and international experience.

Truman Scholarship
For outstanding juniors who are U.S. citizens and planning to study in any field that leads to a career in public service or government.

For more information please contact Drexel Fellowships Office (fellowships@drexel.edu)

Fulbright Update from South Korea

Matt in labEarlier this week, the Fellowships Office called up Matt D’Arcy to find out how he’s doing as a Fulbright Student Scholar in South Korea. Prior to starting the Fulbright grant, Matt had spent a few months there as a Critical Language Scholar (CLS). And a good thing too: with his prior preparation plus the few months of immersion, he is able to get around easily, although he is continuing to learn and expand his vocabulary.

Currently, Matt is living in Seoul, where he shares an apartment with a housemate. It takes him about 10 minutes by train or walking to get to the Fulbright offices, popular nightlife areas, as well as the Space Systems Research Laboratory of Korea Aerospace University where he is conducting his Fulbright project. “The public transportation system is extremely efficient throughout the country,” he says, noting that Korea has designed smart phone apps specifically to sync with public transit activity, which is further aided by fast Wifi on-board (and dotted all over the country) that comes with monthly cell phone plans. This makes for a very technologically savvy population.

Matt with vista behind him“You can literally press a button on your home screen and know exactly how long you have before the bus comes, which is great when it’s raining because you won’t have to wait around and get wet.” Due to the reliability of transportation, Matt has traveled quite a bit. Recently, he went on a farming trip to help some members of the Korean Peasants Association harvest their crops, and attended a conference in Jeju Island which he describes as, “Mountains, volcanoes, beautiful forests, and black-rock formations all over.”

These excursions provide welcome reprieves from the demanding, but exciting work, at the lab. Over the past few months, Matt’s been hunkering down and learning a lot of new things, for instance, “software for satellite simulations and math analysis, computer programming, and micro-controllers.” He was also part of the lab team that went to a facility at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) to test the behavior of a satellite when it is subjected to different vibrations, as would happen during a rocket launch.

Matt traditional clothesMatt admits that, even as a Drexel alum, he struggled at first to adjust to the work culture at the lab. “Most of my colleagues live in the lab during the week, and the graduate students there often put in 18 hour days. I put my mattress pad there and if I stay late for a lab dinner, soccer, or crunch time for a project, I will stay put,” he tells us. Not surprisingly, it has been very important for him to establish a good balance between work and personal/social life – after all, he is also there as a cultural ambassador! Many colleagues have now become friends, and while lab work continues to be demanding, he stays on his gym routine, sets aside time to travel and explore, and hangs out with his Fulbright community regularly.

Fulbright offices vary widely from country to country, but the one in South Korea seems especially proactive about making sure the Scholars feel connected. A couple of weeks ago, they organized what Matt calls “a legit Thanksgiving” – turkey and all, which we imagined must have made him homesick. But Matt is loving it in Korea. He feels safe there, where people seem to look out for each other, and is especially enthusiastic about the food. Meals are quite inexpensive and healthy at his university, averaging about $1.50-$3.00 per meal, not to mention, “I’ve gotten so used to rice, if I don’t have rice in the morning it doesn’t feel right. These days, a meal without rice is a day without sunshine,” he grins.
Korean food Matt with fruit

So is there anything he does miss in the US? “Aside from family and friends of course,” a huge grin, “Reese’s peanut butter cups.”

 

Whitaker International Program Information Session

WhitakerThursday December 4th , 12 noon (light lunch provided)

Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building, Room 001A (31st and Chestnut Streets)

In collaboration with Dr. Adrian Shieh, BME faculty, Whitaker Fellow to Switzerland and Alex Valiga, BME student, Whitaker Undergraduate Scholar to Switzerland

The Whitaker International Program sends U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) students and graduates overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook.

Deadlines

Eligibility                                                                                                                                           

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be in biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (ie, Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine).
  • Graduating seniors, recent alums, or graduate students at any level. (Must be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.)
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.

 

For more information, please contact Rona in the Drexel Fellowships Office (RBuchalter@drexel.edu) or visit the Whitaker website.

Whitaker International Program Information Session

WhitakerMonday November 24th, 4:30pm

Disque 109 (32nd and Chestnut Streets)

 

In collaboration with Dr. Kara Spiller, biomedical research in Portugal (Fulbright), China (NSF), and Australia; advisor to several Whitaker Scholars and Alex Sevit, BME student, Whitaker Undergraduate Scholar to Denmark.

The Whitaker International Program sends U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) students and graduates overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.  Along with supporting grant projects in an academic setting, the Whitaker International Program encourages grantees to engage in policy work and propose projects in an industry setting.

The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook.

Deadlines

Eligibility                                                                                                                                           

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be in biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field (ie, Chemical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with substantive interest and background in Biomedicine).
  • Graduating seniors, recent alums, or graduate students at any level. (Must be no more than 3 years from the receipt of your most recent degree, or be currently enrolled.)
  • Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.

 

For more information, please contact Rona in the Drexel Fellowships Office (RBuchalter@drexel.edu) or visit the Whitaker website.

Udall Scholarship Information Session

Udall Foundation logoWednesday, Nov 19, 5:30 PM
Webinar: Click to join

The Udall Scholarship is open to college sophomores or (pre-)juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment (or to tribal health policy). The award offers up to $5,000 plus extensive networking opportunities. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Udall Scholars typically have a track record of promoting environmental issues, a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building, leadership potential and a vision for how they’re going to make a difference.

The Udall Scholarship requires university nomination, and the campus deadline is Jan 15, 2015. The national deadline for this scholarship is Mar 4, 2015.

Learn more about the Udall Scholarship by visiting the Udall Website or attending one of the info sessions hosted by the Fellowships Office. For more information, please visit our website.

Boren Awards for International Study

boren1Monday, November 17th, 6-7 pm
Disque 109

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena.

Undergraduate Boren Scholars usually study and/or co-op abroad while Boren Graduate Fellows usually study and/or research abroad. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

A student must be nominated by their home university to apply for the Boren Award. The campus deadline for the internal application is January 6th, 2015. Visit our website for more details.

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