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Emily Austin–Critical Language Scholarship

Project Summary: This CLS is an 8-week intensive language learning program on-site in Malang, Indonesia, at the Universitas Negeri Malang. Along with language classes there are structured cultural enrichment experiences, meant to rapidly make language gains. The purpose of the CLS is to increase the number of Americans who are fluent in needed ‘critical’ languages, one of which is Indonesian.

Opportunity: Critical Language Scholarship Program

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Hashim Syed–Gilman Scholarship

Project Summary: I will spend the summer in Meknes, Morocco studying the Arabic language and immersing myself in the rich culture of Morocco. While there, I will enroll at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco, to study Arabic in the 8 week summer intensive program.

Opportunity: Gilman Scholarship Program

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Tyler Runge–NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Project Summary: At the University of Kentucky I will be researching with the Chemical Engineering Department in the “Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices” REU Program.” In particular, I will be working on developing non-covalently crosslinked temperature responsive polymeric gels for application in biomedical and environmental fields.  My primary advisor at UKentucky will be Dr. Zach Hilt.

Opportunity: National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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Emily Perszyk–National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Project Summary: Sensory-specific satiety (SSS) refers to the reduction in pleasantness of an already eaten food joined with continued attraction to novel, uneaten food (i.e., why dessert remains appealing despite feeling full). Though previous research has explored paradigms of attraction to taste or aroma food cues, the impact on SSS of food rheology has not, to date, been evaluated independently of flavor cues. Furthermore, effects of food rheology – being physical food structure (liquid, soft-solid, solid) – on satiation have barely been scrutinized at all. My proposed project, titled “Does changed rheological state cause escape from sensory-specific satiety in rats?” aims to investigate these literature gaps. Moreover, perceived fullness and lowered sensitivity to satiety signals might play a role in larger implications of overeating and obesity.

Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

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Jeremy Friedlander–Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Romania

Project Summary: As a Fulbright in Romania, I will spend a year working in a Romanian university with a professor and serving as a resource for students – empowering them with the language skills needed to take advantage of economic, educational and professional opportunities. The second part of the Fulbright involves developing a supplementary project. My project will involve working with national and local organizations, like Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR), to improve school attendance and performance for disadvantaged and marginalized children so that they, too, have an opportunity to become active, responsible community members.

Opportunity: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

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Lorena Hernandez Barcena–Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship

Project Summary: The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program designed to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for graduate study and careers in public policy. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Participants also participate in other extracurricular activities that broaden both their academic and professional horizons. Altogether, the program provides students with skills vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs.

Opportunity: Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

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