NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

International Research and Poster Session call for submissions

International Poster SessionThe Office of International Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the OIE sponsored International Research Poster Session. The Dec. 2 event will be held in collaboration with the 10th annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Our aim is to encourage and showcase research among faculty members and students from all disciplines. This unique event provides a wonderful opportunity to share international research ambitions and connect with faculty and students across the university. Interested individuals may enter to be judged and considered for OIE's $1,500 International Research Award or ORSP's $1,000 Jump Start grant. This is a great opportunity for faculty looking for funding for summer 2015 research and scholarship.

To participate, please follow the detailed guidelines on the webpages below:

Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy
(ORSP Contact: Erin.Folstad@marquette.edu or x8-3642)

Marquette International Research Poster Session
(OIE Contact: Erin.Lemoine@marquette.edu or x8-5762)

Important dates & deadlines:

  • Oct. 1, 2014 – Submit Intent to Participate form by 4 p.m. to appropriate contact
  • Nov. 3, 2014 – Submit Abstract and Grant Application Letter by 4 p.m. (if applicable) to appropriate contact above
  • Dec. 2, 2014, 1–3:30 p.m. in the AMU, reception to follow

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Study Abroad Deadline – Oct. 1

Study Abroad Fair PosterStudents planning to study abroad in the upcoming spring semester must submit their applications and letters of recommendation by Wednesday, Oct. 1. For students who are still searching for a program, there are numerous opportunities to gather additional information. Study Abroad 101 is held every Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor. Students will learn about program choices, academics, scheduling, the application process and financial aid. A peer advisor is also available each week to explore study abroad program options during walk-in hours on Mondays 3-5 p.m.. No registration necessary.

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The role of international students in our communities

A group of international studentsInternational students not only add a breadth of experience and distinct perspectives to U.S. university classrooms, but also serve as a real economic force in the U.S., according to a new report released by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Neil Ruiz, author of the report, sums up his findings in a Washington Post article. He outlines the key ways in which international students have the potential to increase jobs and investments.

First, the U.S. is a global hub for academic training, hosting 21 percent of all students studying abroad worldwide. This results in a large cash flow into metropolitan economies with more than $35 billion between 2008 and 2012. International students become consumers in their local communities, and that spending helps to create jobs, the report notes.

Second, Ruiz explains that foreign students can become valuable assets to local business communities with their knowledge of both markets. They are global ambassadors building bridges between the local and the global.

Third, these international students are predominantly studying science, technology, engineering, math, computer science and business. “Our colleges and universities are educating the world’s business, scientific and political leaders of the future,” Ruiz notes. 
The report also finds that around 45 percent of international students extend their visas to work in the same metropolitan area as the college they attend. Retaining students after they graduate can be a huge support to local employers.

As Ruiz explains, “It’s time for local leaders to become truly global by realizing that foreign students studying in their regions are economic ambassadors connecting U.S. local economies to communities and networks around the globe.”

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International Students: Meet America

Boren Awards LogoGlobal Ties U.S. is launching Meet America, a unique program for international students that combines meaningful cultural experiences with substantial career preparation for the global job market during university breaks. Two pilot programs are being offered this fall, November 23-28, 2014: Chicago: Technology and Trading Careers for Business Majors and New York City: Human Rights and Citizenship.

Meet America participants will develop and expand professional networks by connecting with professionals in information interviews, roundtable discussions and company visits. Participants will also explore the cultural attractions of the host city in addition to experiencing Thanksgiving with a typical U.S. family. Applications are due October 8. Visit the Meet America website for more information. 

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Five MU study abroad students featured in video

Five Marquette study abroad students were featured in a video promoting the University College Dublin. The students spent their spring 2014 semester studying nursing, midwifery and health systems in Dublin, Ireland. From learning styles to personal growth to linguistic nuances, the students reflect upon the distinct academic and cultural experiences they had while studying at UCD.   

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Gilman Scholarship Program hosts web symposium for STEM majors

Gilman LogoThe U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is hosting its first webinar in the Gilman web symposium series for the 2014-2015 academic year, " International Exchange Opportunities for STEM Majors," on Friday, September 26 from 9:30am-10:45am EDT.  This online forum, moderated by Claire Thornton, Gilman program assistant manager, will bring together several Gilman alumni to talk about STEM participation in education abroad and the opportunities they had, but also the challenges they faced while pursuing those experiences.  This is a great forum for interested STEM students, but also advisors who work with STEM students. To attend, register online: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/977650178.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program diversifies the kinds of U.S. undergraduate students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program, please visit the website.

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New website supports global education in Wisconsin

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Media Lab, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released a new website to further support and promote the ongoing discussions around global education in Wisconsin. Tony Evers, PhD, Wisconsin State Superintendent explains, “We need students who are knowledgeable about the world and who have an understanding of how other cultures work and how other people think.” The website provides in-depth information about the Global Education Achievement Certificate, the Wisconsin Global Schools Network, Global Youth Summits and houses Global Wisconsin videos, which highlight the incredible work Wisconsin schools are accomplishing around international education. In addition, the website will become home to a list of FAQs, resources and examples of positive global education courses and projects.

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Catholic Relief Services Global Solidarity Network announces Study E-board online learning sessions

The Catholic Relief Services Global Solidarity Network study e-broad program will focus its fall courses on on food security. The first session titled “Unpacking Food Security” will run Sept. 22-Oct. 3 and will look at the complex, multi-disciplinary approach to food security, illustrating integral human development. The second session titled “Climate Change and Food Security in the World’s most Vulnerable Regions” will run Nov. 3-14 and will address the impact of climate change on food security. Both sessions will present opportunities for students to reflect on their own relationship to global food supplies and environmental sustainability. For more information about utilizing the program visit the CRS/GSN website.

The CRS Global Solidarity Network study e-broad program is an online learning community and curricular resource that offers students and faculty in the United States a deeper understanding of the challenges the world’s most vulnerable face, as well as their strength and resilience. It provides insight into the multi-faceted nature of humanitarian relief and development work as well as the principles that inform Catholic Relief Services and its partners.

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EVENTS

CalendarFrom excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, the Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.

 

 

Study Abroad 101
Every Friday at 2:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

All students interested in studying abroad are asked to attend a Study Abroad 101 session. These sessions are designed for students at the very beginning stages of the study abroad process and are led by OIE study abroad coordinators. Topics include selecting a study abroad program, academic planning, application procedures, finances and scholarships. No registration necessary.

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Explore Water Street
Friday, September 19
Meet at the AMU Info Desk at 5:25 p.m.

Join fellow students for a night of food and exploration in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown.  Water Street offers a full spectrum of dining, shopping and nightlife.  Bring money for dinner and your MU ID & UPass/bus fare/tickets.  All students, friends and family members are welcome to attend! Please meet at the AMU info desk at 5:25 pm. The group will be leaving exactly at 5:30 pm

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Late Night Marquette: Fiesta de Noche
Friday, September 19
9 p.m.
Central Mall

Join Late Night Marquette and Sigma Lambda Beta for a Fiesta de Noche including free food, a DJ and Mariachi band, folkloric performances, paint your own maracas, a jalapeño eating contest and a grito competition.

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Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Horchata and Tostada Sale
Monday, Sept 22
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Under Raynor Bridge

A fundraiser for Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority showcasing Horchata and Tostadas in honor of Hispanic/Latino Heritage month.

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Jewish Student Union Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Tuesday, September 23
4-5:30 p.m.
Center for Intercultural Engagement

Meet JSU's e-board for 2014-2015 school year!  This event is a fun meet 'n greet for everyone and anyone interested in joining JSU.  There will also be a small celebration and prayer for Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. 

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Hookah Night
Wednesday, September 24
5-9 p.m.
Between AMU and McCormick

Students for Justice in Palestine in coordination with the Arab Student Association are hosting Marquette’s first Hookah Night. Hookahs are a central part of Palestinian and Middle Eastern cultures and have been gaining social popularity on college campuses nationwide. Stop by the tent to enjoy traditional music, sweets and baked goods and order a hookah for $10.

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Explore Downer Avenue & the Milwaukee Film Festival
Friday, September 26
Meet at the AMU Info Desk at 5:25 p.m.

Join other students for a night of food and cinema on Historic Downer Avenue.  Following dinner, catch a film as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival. Bring money for dinner and your MU ID & UPass/bus fare/tickets.  Film tickets can be pre-purchased at http://mkefilm.org/. All students, friends and family members are welcome to attend!

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Palestinian Culture Night
Wednesday, Oct. 1
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cudahy Hall

Join Students for Justice in Palestine and learn about the beautiful Palestinian culture, traditions and daily life. Also enjoy henna, food and cultural folk dance!

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Opportunities Info Session
Thursday, Oct. 9
3 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Dr. Sebastian Luft, Ph.D., DAAD Research Ambassador, is well versed on the latest developments in German higher education, research and the many funding programs available to U.S. scientists and academics through DAAD. Join Dr. Luft at this info session to learn more about the opportunities available in Germany.

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Scholarships & Conferences

diplomaCheck out our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Click on the links below for details and the complete listing.

Fellowships, Scholarships, Conferences, and Internships

- International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research in Education

- International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning

- Gilman International Scholarship Program

- The Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

- Student Ambassadors for U.S. Pavillion in Milan

- PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton

- Thomas J. Wattson Fellowship

- Education in New Zealand Scholarship

- Critical Language Scholarship Program

- Humanity in Action Fellowship

- Charles B. Rangel Scholars Summer Program

- Fulbright - MTVu Fellowship

 

 

 

 

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CONTENTS

SPOTLIGHT

Group of Engineers Without Borders Students in Guatemala

Engineers Without Borders Marquette

What is the mission of Engineers Without Borders? 
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects that improve standards of living and empower communities, while creating transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders.  

Who can join Engineers Without Borders at Marquette?
The Marquette student chapter was formed in 2005 and is open to the entire Marquette community. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, but combining them together we can Be The Difference. No matter your major, there is always work that can be done. Travel opportunities are also open to anyone.

What projects has Engineers Without Borders Marquette completed?
The primary focus of the chapter is the design and construction of sustainable, community driven projects in Guatemala. During the past three years, the chapter completed a pedestrian bridge and is now in the process of finalizing a hydro-electrification project in Nueva Providencia, Guatemala. Through the efforts of a senior design group, the chapter also recently finished the design of a vehicle bridge in Joyabaj, Guatemala, which will be built next January. In August, chapter members traveled to the Joyabaj municipality to begin assessment on a new pedestrian bridge and a school project.

How do you fund your projects?
We emphasize FUNdraising because the chapter pays for all material costs for our projects. We are planning a silent auction geared towards alumni this fall. We also have smaller fundraisers around campus including a grilled cheese sale, doughnut sales, coffee sales, and Qdoba Nights. In addition, we heavily focus on grant writing to cover the costs of our projects.

What else does your organization do?
In addition to our major design and construction projects in Guatemala and the fundraising activities necessary to realize those projects, we also engage the chapter with monthly meetings where we host speakers that vary from professionals and teachers talking about their projects to masons from Guatemala. We also put on workshops to teach students how to use engineering software and participate in local, domestic service opportunities.

How has EWB impacted the countries it aids?
EWB-USA is based on the concept that in order for communities to thrive, they must have their basic infrastructure needs met; therefore, EWB-USA efforts provide potable water systems that decrease the number of water borne diseases, electricity that extends days and bridges that provide access to schools, healthcare, employment and markets. 

How can someone become involved in your organization?
Contact us on Marquette Involvement Link.
Email us at ewbmarquette@gmail.com.
Like us on Facebook.
Learn more on our website.

 

 



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