Achievement Fund Proposals Now Being Accepted for Summer/Fall 2019

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Summer or Fall of 2019, we are running another round of achievement application reviews. If you are unsure about something that interests you or just need help with elements of the application or essays, contact me at kevinb@iup.edu.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 4, 2019

Achievement Application Components:

1. Cover Sheet

2. Signature Page

3. Personal statement

This is an essay that puts forth a narrative explanation of who you are as a person, what motivating factors drive you, how you come to be who you are, where you are going, what is important to you, what thinkers you admire, what philosophy informs your life, and how your goals, dreams and career objectives emerge from them.  Keep these things in mind as you draft your narrative:

Since it’s your story, use “I” to start your sentences.
Include vivid imagery and lots of sensory details.
Weave your emotions into your narrative.
Find perfect words and expressions.  Find the perfect opening sentence.
Read it aloud many times.  Hear what you are saying and revise where wordy, stilted, redundant or impersonal.

4. Proposal including:

  • Detailed description of the achievement experience
  • Justification for this specific experience at this point in time relative to your academic, professional goals and personal goals
  • Breakdown of costs in table form with an explanation of need
  • Status of Arrangements including application status, pending inquiries, preliminary arrangements, deadlines for participation, dates for funding, etc

5. Resume/Vita (see Kevin) I have some good resources to help you spruce up your last effort at a resume.

6. Four Year Plan –  4YP Template

For sample application see: AF Application Sample

Field Studies and Sustainability in Iceland – Summer I (2018)

Field Studies and Sustainability in Iceland: Exploring the Physical and Cultural Uniqueness of a Nordic Island
Dr. Christopher Schaney Department of Geography and Regional Planning
Dr. Nick Deardorff Department of Geoscience

Updated Iceland Advertisement

Summer I 2018
June 10 – 24th 2018 (tentative)
 Earn 3 Credits in GEOG 481/581 Special Topics: Field Studies and Sustainability in Iceland
 15 day Field Course circumnavigation the Island
 Field Studies and observations in Reykjavik, as well as the Islands numerous volcanic and glacial features.

PASSHE Summer Honors Trip 2019 to Poland!

Call for Applications
2019 PASSHE Summer Honors Program
Central European Studies
Travel to Krakow, Prague, and Budapest May 12 to June 5th, 2019

Two students from the Cook Honors College will be chosen to participate in the 2019 PASSHE Summer Honors Program to the Jagellonian University, along with 26 other students from all of the PASSHE Honors programs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 18th, 9 AM.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Submit one essay exploring the importance of travel as an aspect of your educational journey.   Discuss previous travel, both in and out of the country, and what it has meant to you.  If you have not traveled much, then discuss what this opportunity means to you.  What about this trip excites you and intrigues you intellectually.

Limited to two pages, double spaced.

SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY OR HARD COPY TO KEVIN OR DR. FINEGAN.

See brochure for more details.

Additional information below:

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Boren Awards: Scholarships to Study Abroad

The Boren Awards fund students to study in regions that are ‘underrepresented’ in study abroad programs, such as in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Awards recipients are required to work for the federal government for at least one year after graduation, preferably in a national security agency.

Craig Fredrickson, a Program Officer for the Boren Awards, will be at IUP on Oct. 5, 2016, at 5:30pm in HSS 220 to talk about the Boren Awards and how to write competitive applications.

For more information check out the Boren Awards website at http://www.borenawards.org/

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IUP Study Abroad Scholarships – Apply Now!

IUP students are eligible to compete for two study abroad scholarships.

One is given by the College Language Association, and is named for our late colleague Dr. Caroll Mills Young, who was instrumental in establishing this scholarship.  The other is given by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Applicants must submit a letter of acceptance to a study abroad program, or a statement that they have applied for acceptance into a program.

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Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

A Program in English for American and Canadian Undergraduates.

“Hungary is a tiny country, and yet she sent to North America an amazing number of outstanding [people] in all intellectual fields, scientific, literary and artistic.”     – Laura Fermi, Illustrious Immigrants

Clearly, the Hungarian educational system has been the most successful for pure mathematics; it’s a model that ought to be studied very carefully because it works.”     – Donald Knuth, Two Year College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 13

“Without a doubt, the most exciting part of my classes was the emphasis on creative problem solving.”  – Julie Kerr, Alephnaught, Vol.35, No.1

Spend part of your undergraduate studies in Budapest.

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2016 Summer Culture Tour to Korea – Price Reduced!

Three week week Culture Tour to Korea in summer 2016 (May 15~June 3) is now 3 credit ASIA 281-801 course (ASIA 281-802 is optional for non-Asian Studies majors), which has reduced $1,000. Approximate cost including 3 credits, meals, lodging, fees, etc. except for air fare: $2,200~$3,200 (depending on financial support from Korea)

https://youtu.be/kxFFWhrQWog

The deadline of application is March 15, 2016. For more info, please
check the sites below:

https://iup.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=53082

You can see thousands of photos and videos of culture tour last year
here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CultureTourKorea/photos/?filter=albums

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Yongtaek KIM, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Japanese & Korean
Indiana University of PA
Department of Foreign Languages
Sutton Hall 408
Indiana, PA 15705
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Achievement Applications Being Reviewed for Summer and Fall 2016

If you are interested in applying for financial support for study or service abroad, an internship, or any other academic enrichment for the Summer or Fall of 2016, now is the time to act. If you are unsure about something that interests you or just need help with elements of the application or essays, contact me at kevinb@iup.edu.

Deadline for Achievement Fund Applications:  February 22, 2016

 Achievement Application Components

  1. Cover sheet and Signature page
  2. Personal statement (the resources below are very useful)
  1. Proposal for how funds will be used.  This includes:
  • A description of what the enhancement experience will be
  • A justification for this specific experience, why it is the next thing you should do beyond the classroom
  • A breakdown of costs in table form
  • Explanation of other funding sources that you have applied for
  • Status of arrangements: Admission status, whether preliminary arrangements have been made, deadlines, dates for funding, etc.
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Four-year plan

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Spend part of your undergraduate studies in Budapest. Learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars—in English.

CHC senior Derek Hanely just participated in this program.  Here is what he had to say:

This past summer, I had the opportunity to study mathematics in one of Europe’s most important cultural centers– Budapest. While abroad, I partook in an intensive Hungarian language course, and under the tutelage of renowned Hungarian professors, I learned some combinatorics and abstract algebra. While it may sound cliche, this trip truly was the most beneficial and influential experience of my life. The mathematics aside, this experience taught me how to effectively communicate with individuals who do not speak my native language, it provided me with a more holistic understanding of international relations, and I developed a significantly deeper appreciation for foreign culture. You really cannot understand how beneficial it can be to put yourself out of your comfort zone until you give it a try. Learning your discipline in a country in which you do not speak the language really forces you to develop new skills, and you ultimately come out a more informed and better individual.

This experience along with my internship at NASA IV&V last summer has been pivotal in assisting me along the rather challenging path of choosing my future career. Both have opened my eyes to the possibilities that await after graduation, and they’ve given me confidence in my ability. Internships, study abroads, and undergraduate research are the experiences that make a college experience fulfilling and meaningful, and I’d encourage every student to consider participating in at least one of those if possible.

http://www.budapestsemesters.com/

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Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission opens applications today for the UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates.
The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation, and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects, and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States.

Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. Each Summer Institute will cover a different theme such as acting at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the history of the slave trade in England, or the political, social and economic relationships of Northern Ireland. These institutes include:

AIFS Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe
Durham University Summer Institute

King’s College London Summer Institute
University of Bristol Summer Institute
University of Exeter Summer Institute
Queen’s University Belfast
Scotland Summer Institute
Wales Summer Institute

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Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

 

What do Global Impact Fellows do? Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to 2 million patients living in poverty, including more than 93,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Fellows assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have fellows pursuing research studies about medication management, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

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