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Isw08 Schatz Presentation June 08

  1. 1. International Study and Research for Students and Faculty: Infrastructure and Resources 2008 International Social Work Conference, Boston, Massachusetts Mona C. S. Schatz, DSW Director; Professor Division of Social Work University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82072 June, 2008
  2. 2. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Introduction UW has built a range of programs that support students and faculty engaged in international study and research. The University approved a 5 year plan, beginning in 2004, with the goal to double the number of students who have some international study abroad experience. This goal will probably be reached by next year. Currently the University is engaged in its next five year planning cycle and the goal for international student opportunities during this next five year period is proposed that 20% of all enrolled UW students will have some international learning experience, preferably traveling abroad while in their university studies. That translates to approximately 2,400-2,500 students yearly doing some kind of international study experience, looking to study abroad opportunities. Moving to this new goal requires both strengthened infrastructure in the university and increased resources that support the financial costs of going abroad to study and/or conduct research projects. The University has also invested in international recruitment efforts to bring non-US students to our campus. The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) helps students and faculty who come to the campus from other parts of the world. This office also engages in recruitment of international students, traveling to many parts of the globe annually. As infrastructure for the international initiatives, an International Programs Office is a central administrative structure; the Department of International Studies is a primary academic structure. This office of International Programs has an Advisory Committee composed of non-University representatives, a number of whom have made significant contributions to support this academic internationalization. Additionally, an International Education Steering Committee composed of Deans and Directors of Colleges meets monthly and serves as a coordinating body for the extensive array of international initiatives throughout the Colleges on campus, as well as having representatives from the Admissions unit and the English as a Second Language unit. Funding for both faculty and student international travel has grown at UW through a new endowment of $32 million by Vice President Cheney and his wife. This endowment provides four unique funding opportunities. Dick and Lynne Cheney Study Abroad Grants Minimum GPA required of 3.0 cumulative or better; students must be at least a sophomore or through their first semester of graduate work. Small grants that assist students in covering costs for international and in-country travel during their study abroad.
  3. 3. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Dick and Lynne Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad The Fellowship serves as a stipend for outstanding students that will make a significant contribution to their field via international study or research. Dick and Lynne Cheney International Semester Support Scholarship This program provides assistance to Wyoming students who have extended their time to degree in order to participate in an international experience. Dick and Lynne Cheney International Award for University Sponsored and Recognized Student Organizations The Dick and Lynne Cheney International Award for University Sponsored and Recognized Student Organizations is group award designed to support UW-sponsored and officially recognized groups that pursue projects with substantial potential to succeed and enhance UW’s goals for internationalization. Additionally, the university has six additional scholarship options generated through donations to the University in addition to its primary International Programs Study Abroad Scholarship Program. The International Program Office also provides extensive information on non-UW funding sources for student study abroad. These are posted on their website and have been appended at the end of this paper. Also contributing to the University’s commitment to student international study and research are the direct commitments the university has created around the globe. The University of Wyoming's International Programs Office has been at the forefront of developing and nurturing comprehensive and sustained international initiatives linking academic, public, civic, and corporate entities in Wyoming with their counterparts in different countries. These initiatives include: Wyoming - Saratov Initiative (Russia) Developed a sociology department and survey research center • Conducted Business and e-Business education projects • Held judicial, attorney, and law educator exchanges on Federalism and quot;Rule of Lawquot; • Collaborated with university administrators on fiscal reform in higher education • Provided intergovernmental contacts • Manage citizen exchanges and internships together with Rotary International • Conduct student exchanges, degree programs, and intensive summer Russian language courses • Engage in graduate student recruitment • Linked the Saratov Art Museum with the UW Art Museum • Connected the universities' libraries •
  4. 4. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Wyoming - China Initiative (China) Held judicial, attorney, and law educator exchanges on quot;Rule of Lawquot; • Conduct joint activities in natural resource extraction methodologies • Provide access for Wyoming businesses to China markets • Conduct student affairs exchanges with partner institutions • Hosted Chinese teachers of English language/American culture • Provide intergovernmental contacts • Developed joint (2+2) undergraduate degree programs • Bring Chinese language instructors to UW’s language department • Conducted an exchange of nurses • Facilitated discussions on joint partnerships in alternative fuels • Engage in graduate student recruitment Rule of Lawquot; education projects • Wyoming - Sunshine Coast Initiative (Australia) Engage in student study abroad programming • Established a tri-national research and training project on national park management • Delivered joint short courses for public health professionals • Exchange faculty in the environmental, natural, and health sciences. • Wyoming - Guatemala Initiative (Guatemala) Engage in student study abroad programming • Conduct short courses in Counselor Education • Participate in environmental and engineering education • Conducted short-term exchanges of university administrators • Provide teaching internships for education students •
  5. 5. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Wyoming - South Africa Initiative Conducted short-term exchanges on national park management • Signed an agreement with Johannesburg University • Delivered short summer course on race • Designed and implemented research projects on watershed management • Signed with Kruger National Park a research agreement • The University is currently working with Tunisia, building a new university alliance with major focus on Arabic language study among other areas of shared academic interests. All of the efforts invested in building these formalized initiatives also mean that the University will work to provide enough resources to sustain these efforts. It is my view, being both a member of the International Education Steering Committee and the Cheney Scholarship Committee, that the University has created a pattern where decisions to build focused collaborative university relationships is a valuable approach to their success in internationalizing students and faculty. These initiatives build richer learning experiences for faculty and students as the relationships are built over a longer time period and more extensive discussions are undertaken to explore areas of shared interest and need. Last, I would just share that the Division of Social Work has been very successful in securing some funds that help us build new international study abroad courses that will run during our summer sessions and in the “winter term,” that time in January between semesters. We have a course available this January for students to go to Guam. Some focus will be given to colonialization in the Pacific Rim along with learning about social programs in this U.S. territory. The next summer term course will be a course study abroad in Kathmandu, examining the needs of rural families around the city of Kathmandu. The course will also give students the opportunity to learn about the change to a capitalist economic underway in China.
  6. 6. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) International Scholarships 1 - Undergraduate APPENDIX American Councils - Eurasian Regional Language Program Bridging Scholarships (Japan) College Women's Association of Japan - Undergraduate Scholarships for Non-Japanese Women For non-Japanese women studying Japanese language, humanities and liberal arts. Contact: CWAJ Scholarship NJW Lion's Garden Ikedayama #312 5-22-2 Higashi Gotanda Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 141 JAPAN Chinese Cultural Scholarships Program DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service For students who choose to study in Germany. Freeman Asia For students who currently receive financial aid. Study awards are reserved for Asia and Southeast Asia. Gilman International Scholarship Application Deadline: early April for the fall and academic year: mid-September for the spring For students receiving Pell Grants. Mobility International USA NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships Please contact the UW NSEP coordinator, Shawn Bunning, for more information Phi Kappa Phi Rotary International - Ambassadorial Scholarship Taiwan Scholarships Taipei Cultural Office Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Study Abroad Program Scholarships AIFS - American Institute for Foreign Study For Students choosing an AIFS study abroad program. International Scholarship: $1000 International Merit Scholarship: $1000 1 Source: University of Wyoming, International Program Office. URL:
  7. 7. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Minority Scholarship: full tuition/fees and airfare Moonves Scholarship: $2500 Alexander Tcherepnine Scholarships: $2500 Premier Campus Scholarship: $1500 Please see International Coordinator for details and applications Australearn For Students choosing an Australearn study abroad site. Please see International Coordinator for details and applications CIEE - Council on International Educational Exchange For Students choosing an CIEE study Abroad Program. Robert E. Bailey Minority Scholarship: $500 International Study Programs Scholarships: $1000 Department of Education Scholarship: for programs in China Department of State Scholarship: for programs in Russia Jennifer Ritzmann Scholarships: for programs in Costa Rica Please see International Coordinator for details and applications International Studies Abroad - ISA For students choosing an ISA study abroad program Summer: $1000 Academic Year: $2500 Fall: $1000 Winter/Spring: $1000 Please see International Coordinator for details and applications ISEP International Exchange Program For students choosing an ISEP site. Scholarship options depend on site choice. Please contact the UW International Coordinator for more information Studio Art Centers International (SACI) For students choosing a SACI site. UniWyo Federal Credit Union Study Abroad Scholarship Competition The UniWyo Federal Credit Union Study Abroad Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship for outstanding students participating in study abroad. Award amount: $1500, 2 awards. Recipients will be honored at a special UniWyo scholarship reception. Application Deadline: March 28, 2008. To be considered for this scholarship, students must: • Be undergraduate students and accepted in the UW Study Abroad/International Exchange program • Have a preferred minimum GPA of 3.25 • Be a member of UniWyo Federal Credit Union (note that all University of Wyoming students are eligible for membership at UniWyo Federal Credit Union!) • Demonstrate financial need by filing FAFSA or using other documentation. For information or to apply, visit the International Programs Office, Knight Hall 248, and obtain the UniWyo Federal Credit Union application.
  8. 8. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Graduate Scholarships Adell & Hancock American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships American-Scandinavia Foundation For graduate study in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden. Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program Bourses Chateaubriand Fellowship Bourses Science Fellowship Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship DAAD Fellowships and Grants David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships Blakemore Freeman Fund Languages of Asia and SE Asia French Cinema Studies Eiffel Scholarship of Excellence Economy, Accounting, Law, Engineering, Administration, Political Science Fulbright Awards Please contact Dr. Lewis Bagby for UW information on this program: Gates Scholarships German Marshall Fund Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation Fellowship Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowships International Peace Research Fellowships IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) Programs IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
  9. 9. Mona C. S. Schatz ISWK Conference Boston, MA (2008) Marshall Scholarships A. W. Mellon Foundation Grants Mitchell Scholarships IIE - Nancy Petry Grant-In-Aid Professional Development Awards - Research Scholarships NIS * East & Central Europe Rhodes Scholarships Rotary International - World Peace Scholarships Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships Vienna Institute for Human Sciences Blakemore Freeman Fellowships For advanced study in: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, Malaysian, Tibetan, Thai, Burmese.