Alison Watkins
International Programs

Student Global Scholars to present research

Fri, 03/28/2014

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas students will present research at the Global Scholars Symposium this weekend on topics ranging from graffiti in Brazil to modern African literature. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Kansas Union's Big 12 Room. 

Thirteen students will serve on panels, which will include a final roundtable panel with the all of the Global Scholars discussing their program experiences. The program can be found here.

“This symposium is an opportunity to see the culmination of the students’ experiences both on the Lawrence campus and during their time abroad. The students’ presentations illustrate what can happen when they are provided with resources to pursue topics that they care about deeply. Guidance by their faculty mentor helps shape the questions they ask and how they pursue answers in a scholarly way. Both the students and faculty mentors make this program a great success,” said Dena Register, director of faculty programs.

The Global Scholars program recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record. The students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad and potential for continued high academic achievement and leadership. Students participated in a three-hour seminar and were paired with faculty mentors with similar interests. Four cohorts are currently participating in the program.

The Global Scholar presenters:

Margo Bogossian, El Paso, Texas, senior in journalism and Spanish

Hannah Duff, Manhattan, senior in environmental studies and global and international studies

Jamie Fuller, Lawrence, senior in anthropology and French

Maslyn Locke, Los Alamos, N.M., senior in global and international studies and psychology

Ethan Lovell, Overland Park, senior in English

Jon Nelson, Smolan, senior in sociology

Phuc Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, senior in engineering physics

Brenna Paxton, Stillwater, Okla., senior in visual communication-graphic design

Sydney Rayl, Salina, senior in English and French

Allen Schaidle, Metamora, Ill., senior in secondary education

Miles Simpson, Lake Quivira, senior in economics and Chinese language and culture

Amanda Swanson, Erie, Colo., senior in linguistics

Jerrica Werner, Wichita, senior in chemical engineering.

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