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Harleigh Bean – Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Program

Project Summary: The Junior Summer Institute offered by the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) attracts undergraduate students interested and involved in international affairs and public policy, molding them into future global leaders through an intensive seven-week summer experience. The program constructs a curriculum and complementary extracurricular program intended to build vital skills necessary for admission into the nation’s top graduate programs. This curriculum includes coursework in economics, statistics, domestic policy, international policy, and leadership topics. The program maintains a consortium of more than 40 graduate institutions offering degrees in public policy and international affairs. Due to the Graduate School Consortium, PPIA fellows receive benefits such as a minimum one-time scholarship of $5,000 at any PPIA graduate school once admitted, exposure to prestigious and well respected graduate institutions, and fee waivers when applying to schools that are members of the consortium.

Opportunity: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

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Joy Putney – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Project Summary: I am investigating motor encoding strategies in a nearly complete motor program for hawk moth flight. Hawk moths are capable of robust and complicated flight maneuvers that are controlled by comparatively few muscles. Additionally, there is a one-to-one relationship between their muscle activations and motor neuron firing, which enables me to record a spike-resolved motor program. I am currently investigating whether the number of muscle activations or the precise timing of those activations within a wing stroke is more important for force and torque production during flight. Understanding how the nervous system controls movement with a limited number of actuators can help us understand fundamental principles of motor control.

Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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James Biemiller – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Project Summary: For my graduate research at the University of Texas I use a variety of numerical and geophysical techniques to estimate stresses and deformation rates on active faults in the Earth, to model the structural evolution of tectonic plate boundary systems, and to tie together seismic-cycle and long-term tectonic timescales of both permanent and elastic deformation related to fault movement. My proposed project focuses on the Mai’iu Fault in Southeastern Papua New Guinea, using GPS monitoring and numerical modeling to determine whether this active low-angle normal fault is accumulating elastic strain to be released in a future earthquake or if it is creeping aseismically.

Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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Colin Wallace – Rotary District 7570 Skelton/Jones Scholarship

Project Summary: The Skelton-Jones Scholarship will allow me to pursue a Master’s degree in Development Studies at the University of Sydney. The program highlights challenges in achieving sustainable economic development on a local, national and global scale. I will spend 18 months specializing in topics related to international relations, the political economy, human rights, peace and conflict studies and public health both in an academic setting and participating in a research project at a community based-organization in Sydney.

Opportunity: Rotary Foundation Local Scholarships and Grants

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Anna Paden Carson – Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia

Project Summary: As an English Teaching Assistant, I am responsible for teaching various levels of English to University students at a public university in Tunja, Colombia. Between teaching, tutoring, and running English speaking and writing clubs, I spend around 35 hours a week with students studying to become English teachers within Colombia. For classes, I’m charged with creating impactful lesson plans on subjects varying from differences between the United States and Colombian cultures to regular past simple verbs. Outside of classes, I exchange and connect with students, professors, and locals alike to aid in the process of cross-cultural understanding.

Opportunity: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

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Samuel Taylor – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany

Project Summary: The AmCham program gives college students at certain American universities the opportunity to intern for a company in Germany over the summer. Students first apply to the program, which sends the applications to multiple firms. Companies then individually reach out to students and extend invitations for interviews to determine which applicants are offered an internship.

I had the chance to work for Fresenius Kabi, which is one of the entities of a healthcare company based right outside of Frankfurt am Main. I interned in the project management office of the Nucleus Program, a Fresenius Kabi transformation project aimed at building a harmonized IT landscape and globally standardized processes. My tasks included the administration of the project’s Sharepoint site, monitoring and updating the project’s budget, preparing domain status reports, and onboarding new employees.

Opportunity: AmCham US-German Internship Program

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Steven Yeung – Gilman Scholarship

Project Summary: My project while I am abroad is to keep a blog for CET, the program that I’m studying with in China. When I return, my project will be to provide more information about the Gilman Scholarship to the current student body  at Washington and Lee by tabling in the Commons, at Activity Fairs, etc.

Opportunity: Gilman Scholarship Program

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