Summer Study Abroad Award Recipients

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The Summer Study Abroad scholarships sponsored by the Nationality Rooms Committees reflect decades of work by those committees to honor an ideal--education through cultural exchange. After their rooms were built, the groups decided to stay together to raise funds enabling eligible University of Pittsburgh students to study abroad, thereby experiencing another culture in depth.

2018 Award Recipients

This year we awarded 59 Summer Study Abroad Scholarships totaling $204,200

UNDERGRADUATE

ANYANWU, Nnenna - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Memory of Ms. Florence L. Williams - Legon, Ghana. To gain an integrated understanding and appreciation of the social and cultural lives of the West African

ATTA, Sarah - Nationality Council Scholarship for Quo Vadis Guides - Amman, Jordan. To learn the principles of humanitarian action and counseling in emergency situations and see firsthand the health services in Jordan 

AUKERMAN, Andrew - Swiss Room Committee Scholarship - Geneva, Switzerland. To search for evidence of supersymmetry with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN and to study the philosophical, diplomatic, and historical implications of modern particle physics in the international setting

CHICKOLA, Jennifer - Helen Pool Rush Scholarship  - Baden-Württemburg, Germany. To complete an internship with Mack Rides in Germany that will offer an immersive language experience and an professional engineering opportunity.

DONNELLY, Taryn - Austrian Room Committee Scholarship - Graz, Austria. To study and compare the history and current state of healthcare between Europe and the United States

FLING, Sarah - Women's International Club - Paris, France; Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy. To study historic preservation and museum studies in several major European Cities

FRANKEN, Claire - Women's International Club - Cochabamba, Bolivia. To  experience Hispanic culture and develop language skills while undertaking a sustainable project to benefit the local community in Cochabamba, Bolivia

GORMAN, Lindsey - Austrian Room Committee Scholarship - Graz, Austria. To study and compare the history and current state of healthcare between Europe and the United States

GRGURAS, Sarah - Frank & Vilma Slater Memorial/ Scottish Room Committee - Dumfries, Scotland. To study ecological change and environmental justice at the University of Glasgow

HAYDUCHOK, Christina - Austrian Room Committee Scholarship - Graz, Austria. To study and compare the history and current state of healthcare between Europe and the United States

HORTON, Kassi - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Memory of Ms. Florence L. Williams - Moyo Hill Camp; Tanzania. To study concepts and principles of ecology, wildlife management and human dimension central to sustainable wildlife conservation

JOHNGRASS, Victoria - Helen Pool Rush Scholarship - Paris, France. To develop French language skills, particularly applied translational skills in Paris, France 

KOENIG, Mary Katherine - John F. Kennedy Scholarship/ Irish Room Committee - Dublin, Ireland. To study Irish political study, particularly sectarian politics and violence in order to better understand the current political climate of the United States

LADAS, Deirdre - Chinese Room Scholarship - Shanghai, China. To experience Chinese language and culture through coursework and an internship with a Chinese Company

LINDERMAN, Melania - David L. Lawrence Memorial Scholarship - Seoul, South Korea. To complete an immersive language experience in Seoul, South Korea in order to prepare for a career in international diplomacy

MANDI, Varun - David L. Lawrence Memorial Scholarship - Valladolid City, Mexico. To study traditional Mayan medicinal practices in the Yucatan Peninsula with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies

MASHYNA, Rowan - Polish Room Committee Scholarship in Memory of Gertrude Long - Krakow, Poland. To undertake an immersive language experience in Krakow, Poland to improve Polish literacy

MCMULLEN, Casey - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Memory of Ms. Florence L. WIlliams - Legon, Ghana. To expand knowledge and understanding of how different cultures perceive and utilize music

MELCHER, Allison - Frank & Vilma Slater Memorial/ Scottish Room Committee - Dumfries, Scotland. To gain an appreciation of Scottish culture and an understanding of the environmental issues the country faces

NADEEM, Mohammed - Savina S. Skewis Memorial Scholarship - Lisbon, Portugal. To complete an international internship in Lisbon with a non-profit and gain experience in finance

ONYANGO, Jael - Chinese Room Scholarship - Shanghai, China. To gain international work experience by interning with a Chinese company and practicing language skills

PATIL, Thayjas - Fred C. Bruhns Scholarship for Undergraduates - Berlin, Germany. To study the mental health of refugees as related to their changing socioeconomic status in Berlin

PERSIN, Luke - Robert & Helen A. Sette Scholarship - Alcala, Spain. To develop Spanish language skills and shadow health professionals in order to learn more about Spanish healthcare

QUINTO, Saraj - Czechoslovak Room Committee Scholarship - Bratislava, Slovakia. To undertake an immersive language experience to gain fluency and cultural competency

REICHNER, Hayley - Women's International Club - Lisbon, Portugal. To complete an internship in Lisbon and gain exposure to European perspectives on medicine and research

SAIKALI, Linda - Savina S. Skewis Memorial Scholarship - Amman, Jordan. To complete an immersive language experience in Jordan while also studying refugee empowerment

SAKTHIVEL, Meera - Savina S. Skewis Memorial Scholarship - Cochabamba, Bolivia. To participate in a sustainable public health project in Bolivia while also practicing Spanish Language Skills

SCHLEGEL, Andrew - Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Scholarship - Berlin, Munich, and Tubingen, Germany. To complete a research-based internship in Germany

SONEL, Yasemin - Nationality Council Scholarship for Quo Vadis Guides - Graz, Austria. To study and compare the history and current state of healthcare between Europe and the United States

SPENCE, Andrea - John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship - Shanghai, China. To gain professional skills by completing an internship while also learning the Chinese language

SPOCK, Benjamin - John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship - Shanghai, China. To gain professional skills by completing an internship while also learning the Chinese language

SYNDOR, Andre - Czechoslovak Room Committee Scholarship - Prague, Czech Republic. To explore literature in the historical epicenter of the world, while also completing an independent study on cultural contact and conflict

VENKATRAM, Chinmayi - Helen Pool Rush Scholarship - Cochabamba, Bolivia. To develop Spanish language skills and carry out a sustainable health and hygiene project with the local community in Cochabamba, Bolivia

VOSSLER, Katrina - Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Scholarship - Amman, Jordan. To undertake an immersive language experience to gain fluency in the Arabic language and culture

 

GRADUATE

ALDERSON, Paige - Judge Genevieve Blatt Scholarship - Kampala, Uganda. To undertake a field-based seminar and Hidden Peoples Research in Uganda which focuses on marginalized groups such as victims of gender-based violence  

ALLEN, Samuel - Frank & Vilma Slater Memorial/ Scottish Room Committee - Edinburgh, Scotland; Sheffield, England. To study exhibitions of conjoined twins and the development of entertainment culture in 19th century Europe at the Scottish Council on Archives 

BECHARD, Laura - Dorothy Bradley Brown Physical Therapy Scholarship – Australia. To complete a clinical internship to gain an international perspective on physical therapy

CONSTANT, Sarah - James W. Knox Memorial Scholarship - Amsterdam, Netherlands. To explore the working-class, social housing structures designed by members of the Amsterdam School of Architecture

DAVIS, Camille - Stanley Prostrednik Health Sciences Scholarship - London, UK. To study the mechanisms of onset airway remodeling in children with severe asthma at the Imperial College London

DE FERRARI, Rosa - Stanley Prostrednik Health Sciences Scholarship - Matagalpa, Nicaragua. To research intimate partner violence protocol adherence in Nicaraguan maternity houses

DE HOET, Leah - Fred C. Bruhns Memorial Scholarship - Amman, Jordan. To work as a junior researcher with the United Nations Development Programme in Amman, Jordan to gain experience speaking Arabic and working with displaced peoples

EDBER, Simon - George F. & Mary Ann McGunagle Scholarship - Sao Paulo, Brazil. To study the feasibility of a U.S-modeled hospital-based violence intervention program in a Brazilian trauma center

HANSON, Jessica - Josephine and John McCloskey Memorial Scholarship - Montserrado, Liberia. To examine how the prevalence rate of female child sexual abuse is affected but the education of girls whose households occupy different levels of modernity

KOSACK, Kent - Dr. & Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono Scholarship – Japan. To study the restoration and renewed interest in traditional Japanese timber frame homes

MASON, Sierra - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Ralph Proctor - Entebbe, Uganda. To gain professional development through an internship with the non-profit organization Bright Kids Uganda

MOON, Steven - Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - Istanbul, Turkey. To study the historical and contemporary gender politics of instrument-making in Istanbul

PIOTROWSKI, Jamie - Dr.  & Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono Scholarship - Kathmandu, Nepal. To study political activism and the political and cultural relationship between Bhutanese refugees and Nepali

RAND, Jawanza - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Ralph Proctor - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To research the social, cultural and political implications of civics and ethics education in Ethiopian public school curriculum

RIVERA, Jo-Ana - Frances and Sully Nesta Memorial Scholarship – Modena, Italy. To research the topic of citizenship in Italy through language

SABIO, Warner - Stanley Prostrednik Scholarship - Costa Rica. To examine the Afro-Central American experience in Costa Rica

SALZMAN, Natalie - Israel Heritage Room Committee Scholarship - Beer Yaaqov & Lod, Israel. To compare occupational therapy care in Israel to care in the United States

SAXE, Ashley - Dorothy Bradley Brown Physical Therapy Scholarship – East Africa. To complete a clinical internship for physical therapy in East Africa and utilize Swahili language skills

SCHROERING, Caitlin - Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - Belem, Brazil. To research transitional activists networks in Brazil, particularly in regards to the water privatization crisis

SHEPHERD, Samuel - Stanley Prostrednik Scholarship - Managua, Nicaragua. To research international participation in the Literacy Crusade carried out during Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution

SQUIRE, Emma - Josephine and John McCloskey Memorial Scholarship/ Lithuanian Room Committee - Vilnius, Lithuania. To study evidence of the survival, resurgence, or dissipation of Yiddish theatre in post-WWII Lithuania

STEVENS, Erica - Josephine and John McCloskey Memorial Scholarship - Bilbao, Spain. To research additive manufacturing of magnetocaloric materials under a world expert in the topic

TEMBO, Mathew - African Heritage Room Committee Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Ralph Proctor - Lusaka, Zambia. To research the democratizing performance spaces in the Zambian music industry

TIPP, Devon - Japanese Room Committee Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Etsuro Motoyama - Tokyo, Japan. To take individual lessons in order to understand the aesthetics of traditional and contemporary music for the Japanese instrument ichigenkin

Bowman Grant

Abimbola Fapohunda - Africana Studies - Lagos, Nigeria.  Gain insight into cancer treatment and outcomes from Lakeshore Cancer Center.

Shirin Fozi - History of Art and Architecture - Germany.  Researching the fate of art and architecture during and after WW2 and the ethical questions raised.

Adriana Helbig - Music - Ukraine.  Researching power dynamics behind public performances of Roma music in Ukraine.

Amber McAlister - Greensburg/Humanities/HAA - France and England.  Preparatory fieldwork for study abroad courses in London and France for spring break.

Denise Piechnik - Bradford / Biological and Health - Taiwan.  Research the diversity within the Hymenoptera and its identification.

Mrinalini Rajagopalan - History of Art and Architecture - Visit 11 architectural sites to document most of the case studies for class- Architecture of the Pre-Modern World.

Jeannette Trauth - Public Health - Scotland and England.  Explore how social conditions that are fundamental cause of disease lead to health disparities.

Molly Warsh - History - England, Portugal and Spain.  Doing archival research at the Torre do Tombo for course on Iberian empires and attend conference titled Encounters, Rights and Sovereignty in the Iberian empires.

RCM Czechoslovak Fellowship

JUDr. Jana Duračinská, PhD - from Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.  Dr. Duracinska will research with Professor of Law Peter B. Oh on fiduciary duties within American corporate and against this context, evaluate new Slovak legislation and regulation in this area.

Armenian Fellowship

Ruzanna Grigoryan, PhD, MD - from Ashot Johannissyan Research Institute in Humanities, Yerevan, Armenia.  Dr. Grigoryan will do research with Professor Nicholas Rescher in the Philosophy Department on Kant’s Critiques of Pure Reason and Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.