Sierrra Colon wins Gilman scholarship for South Africa internship

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Political science major Sierra Colon is one of 250 undergraduate students from across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Colon will use the scholarship in the summer of 2016 to intern with the Surplus People Project (SPP), a nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Fulbright Competition to Open March 31st

The online application for students wishing to pursue a Fulbright grant will open on March 31st, more than a month earlier than in past years. Fulbright provides opportunities for high-achieving college seniors to apply for funding to spend a year in one of 140 countries around the world after graduation. Fulbright students can spend their year conducting research, pursuing a one-year master’s degree, or serving as an English teaching assistant. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn or improve foreign language skills, develop new knowledge, and gain a life-altering cultural experience.

Applications for Fulbright are due to Eastern’s Fulbright Committee by noon (12:00 pm) on September 14, 2015. Interested students should contact the Fellowships Office as soon as possible. For more information about the Fulbright program, visit the Fulbright website.

Gilman Scholarship Provides Support for Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has announced that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the spring 2015 term is now available online.  The deadline for students applying for this opportunity is October 7, 2014.

Gilman provides up to $5,000 for economically disadvantaged students at all levels (freshmen through seniors) to spend up to a year studying abroad.  Students must be receiving a Pell grant to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

For more information, visit the Gilman website.  Interested students should contact the Fellowships Office as soon as possible.

Fulbright Competition Now Open

The online application is now open for students wishing to pursue a Fulbright grant. Fulbright provides opportunities for high-achieving college seniors to apply for funding to spend a year in one of 150 countries around the world after graduation. Fulbright students can spend their year conducting research, pursuing a one-year master’s degree, or serving as an English teaching assistant. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn or improve foreign language skills, develop new knowledge, and gain a life-altering cultural experience.

Applications for Fulbright are due to Eastern’s Fulbright Committee by noon (12:00 pm) on September 15, 2014. Interested students should contact the Fellowships Office as soon as possible. For more information about the Fulbright program, visit the Fulbright website.

Eric Cerino Wins NSF Fellowship

Eric Cerino photoEric Cerino, a senior majoring in psychology, has been named the recipient of a highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The $30,000 stipend will cover Cerino’s tuition and support direct research costs during the first 12 months of his Ph.D. program at Oregon State University’s (OSU) LIFE* in an Aging Society program (*Linking Individuals, Families, and Environments).

The National Science Foundation fellowship allows students to collaborate across disciplines in a multidisciplinary research traineeship. Only five students from across the nation get into the OSU program. Students pick a primary core (according to their Ph.D program) and a supplementary core. Cerino’s primary core will be Psychosocial, and his supplementary core will be Gerontechnology, giving him the opportunity to collaborate with engineering professors and students.

Cerino presented his research project, “Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults,” at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 29.  The goal of Cerino’s research was to see if depression levels among senior citizens were impacted by how young a person feels and how active he or she is in society. Cerino was mentored by Eastern Psychology Professor Jennifer Leszczynski.

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Ricky Magner Earns Goldwater Honorable Mention

Photo of Ricky MagnerRicky Magner, a junior at Eastern majoring in mathematics, recently received an Honorable Mention from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.  The Goldwater Scholarship Program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, and it recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate the potential to make a significant research contribution in their future careers.  Magner is the first Eastern student to be recognized by Goldwater.

Magner has conducted research in number theory under the mentorship of Dr. Mizan Khan, with whom he has co-authored two publications.  He presented his research at two research conferences in 2013.  He has completed multiple graduate-level courses in mathematics and served as a teaching assistant for an upper-division course on Number Theory.  In addition, he has independently written computer programs to aid his research. Magner was the first recipient of Eastern’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

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