Department of State’s Wonk Tank Student Competition

Wonk Tank is a competition platform for students (undergraduate and graduate) around the United States studying in all disciplines to pitch their foreign policy ideas directly to the U.S. Department of State, and the submissions window will close on February 19. Students identify a foreign policy problem, propose a solution, and address potential pitfalls while including a link to a brief YouTube video presenting their pitch. Four outstanding finalists will be notified on March 3 and be publicly announced while taking part in a Google Hangout during Global Partnerships Week 2016 (www.p3.co). The final Wonk Tank competition, open to the public, will take place on the afternoon of April 1. Also open to the public on April 1, the Department of State will host a university marketplace with current Diplomacy Lab partner institutions and teams in the morning.

We are now pleased to announce that the winning student will be awarded a paid internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. for summer 2016. Students can participate at www.diplomacylab.org/wonktank. You may use the attached document for circulation on newsletters, handouts, and other notices.

Communications:

-Dipnote blog post “Beyond Government: Identifying the Next Generation of Policy Wonks” discussing the Wonk Tank competition: http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/02/01/beyond-government-identifying-next-generation-policy-wonks

-The Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab team: diplomacylab@state.gov

-Twitter: @diplomacylab using #wonktank

-Facebook: www.facebook.com/gpatstate

Become a Diplomacy Lab partner institution- application is open through February 29:

Application requirements: www.diplomacylab.org/before-you-apply

-New partner institution application: www.diplomacylab.org/apply/

-Press release: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/01/251654.htm

-The deadline to participate in the Fall 2016 research cycle is February 29th, but you can apply on a rolling basis after to participate in spring 2017 and beyond.

 

For more information on the program please click: Wonk Tank Competition Info.

 


Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program

It is a pleasure for us to inform you that The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia in cooperation with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia is offering a on-year ‘Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program‘ for the academic year of 2016/2017 (September 2016-August 2017) to foreign students. Darmasiswa is a one year non-degree scholarship program offered by Indonesian government to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationships with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), arts, music, crafts and other particular subjects in 54 selected Indonesian Higher Education Institutions in different cities around Indonesia.

The Scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to broaden their experience by living in a cross-cultural environment. They will be eligible for free tuition and other instructional fees, modest living allowance to cover accommodation and other living expenses. However, they will not be allowed to take employment opportunities, undertake side-research, or involve in political activities.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please click Darmasiswa Scholarship Program Info and Darmasiswa Program Qualifications

If you would like to review the program’s application, please click Application Pg 1Pg 2Pg 3Pg 4, and Pg 5


PaGamO-Calculus World Cup

The National Taiwan University is going to hold the first ever Calculus World Cup<http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw/> (CWC) in February, 2016. It’s the first time students from the global top universities will be able to compete over Calculus in e-sports. The competition will be held on PaGamO<https://pagamo.com.tw/>-a social online gaming platform for education. The top 12 teams will be invited to Taiwan for the final round, and great prizes with a value of over $70,000 await our finalists! Don’t hesitate to contact us via cwc@bonio.com.tw<mailto:cwc@bonio.com.tw> if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you very much.

FOR TEACHERS:
National Taiwan University is going to hold the first ever Calculus World Cup<http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw/> (CWC) in February, 2016. It’s the first time students from the global top universities will be able to compete over Calculus in e-sports. The competition will be held on PaGamO<https://pagamo.com.tw/>-a social online gaming platform for education. The top 12 teams will be invited to Taiwan for the final round, and great prizes with a value of over $70,000 await our finalists!
We’d love to see young talents worldwide participate in the competition and prove their excellent knowledge of Calculus! We’d appreciate it if you would help us forward the information to the students who might be interested and encourage them to register.
Moreover, there’re 5,000+ teachers using PaGamO as an innovative teaching tool in their classes.  ​If you’d like to give your students a competitive edge in the competition, join our ​PaGamO Seed Program<https://docs.google.com/a/bonio.com.tw/forms/d/1sCPL_6abUwQmBE4Y8gIraoXAIjNOgvUb2NhNseRtiCQ/viewform?c=0&w=1> offering ​a ​free trial of PaGamO open to only 50 ​professors around the globe. Don’t miss the opportunity ​to​ train your students in PaGamO before they join the competition. Apply for the​ ​Seed Program<https://docs.google.com/a/bonio.com.tw/forms/d/1sCPL_6abUwQmBE4Y8gIraoXAIjNOgvUb2NhNseRtiCQ/viewform?c=0&w=1> right ​now!
Feel free to contact us via cwc@bonio.com.tw<mailto:cwc@bonio.com.tw> if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you very much.
Official website: http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw <http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw>
Registration: https://pagamo.com.tw/calculus_cup <https://pagamo.com.tw/calculus_cup>
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/PaGamo.glo

FOR STUDENTS:
​Get ready! ​The biggest international online math competition ​is happening this upcoming February!  The 2016 Calculus World Cup <http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw/> (CWC) is the first time students from the global top universities will be able to compete over Calculus in e-sports. The competition will be held on PaGamO<https://pagamo.com.tw/>-a social online gaming platform for education. Watch out! The game is on, and get ready for the challenge!
3 reasons you cannot miss CWC:
1.Win Great prizes with a value of over $70,000!
2.Compete with young talents worldwide!
3.Go on the trip of your lifetime to visit Taiwan, the amazing island!
Register now for free, and be the world’s first Calculus champion!
Official website: http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw <http://cwc.pagamo.com.tw>
Registration: https://pagamo.com.tw/calculus_cup <https://pagamo.com.tw/calculus_cup>
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/PaGamo.glo


Congratulations to Elizabeth Molina and Paulina Rico-Juarez!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Molina and Paulina Rico-Juarez on receiving the Gilman Scholarship for the Spring 2016 Semester. Paulina Rico-Juarez will be attending MICEFA University in Paris, France and Elizabeth Molina will be attending Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.


Congratulations to the Recipients of this Academic Year’s Awards

The recipients of AY15-16 of the JNC Award for Students are:

Olga Kats

Danté Brown

Mark White

Courtney Botica

Elizabeth Molina

The recipients of AY15-16 of the CCC Scholarship Award are:

Adam Lelkes

Julia Koxholt

Poya Yasaei

Soumyadip Sett

Ernest Law

Afnan Afnan

Eun Sun Kim

Cynthia Orellana

Thanakorn Siriaksorn

Samra Qasim

Carla Itlen

A-Ri Min

Karina De Oliveira Lima

Panagotis Bakos

Jose Y. Vargas

The recipients of AY15-16 of the Drumright Scholarship Award are:

Sarah Lee

Ada Tong

Alice Chang


Congratulations to Professor ROSS ARENA!

CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR ROSS ARENA, Department Head of Physical Therapy and Interim Department Head of Kinesiology. Prof. Arena was  awarded with the Personality of the Year Award, which was conferred by his colleagues of the Sao Paulo State Society of Cardiology (SOCESP) at the XXI Symposium of Physical Therapy and XXXVI Congress of SOCESP.


Congratulations to ASRAT DEMISE ASMAMAW!

Who was awarded with a full scholarship that supports his exchange program at ETH, Zurich during the academic year 2015-2016. Congratulations to him and his mentor, Professor Cecilia E. Gerber.  Mr.  Asmamaw is the recipient of the prestigious Heyning-Roelli Foundation that supports exchanges with Swiss institutions.


Congratulations to Professor Craig Foster on being selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Foster has been selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant to India. He will be traveling to India with his proposal.

 

Earthen buildings are an old technology experiencing renewed interest,
both in developing and developed countries, for economic and environmental
reasons. This proposal focuses on creating material models that can be
used to examine mechanical behavior, predict safe use, and improve
performance. Central to the research are the interaction of the
constituent particles and the addition of natural fibers for ductility.
The mathematical models will be validated and improved by experiments at
the host institution, building a collaboration between experimentalists
and modelers. A seminar series on modeling for earthen materials will aid
those conducting research at the host institution.

Images of Proposal


Congratulations to the John Nuveen International Development Fund Awardees for Spring/Summer 2015

FACULTY AWARDEES

List of the faculty awardees and the title of proposed activity

Andrew Dykens

Center for Global Health- Local, Regional and National Partnership meetings to establish a Global Health Research Network

Lewis L. Hsu

Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology- Center for the 2nd Century of Sickle Cell 

Stacey Chamberlain

Center for Global Health- Expansion of Emergency Care Training Program in Uganda 

Ursula Perez- Salas

Physics Department- Cholesterol Exchange and Flip-Flop on supported Lipid Bilayers

 

 STUDENT AWARDEES 

List of the student awardees and purpose of award

Carolyn Cronin

College of Dentistry- External Dental Rotation in Guatemala 

Krista R. Schaefer

School of Public Health- Kenya Practicum through the School of Public Health

Samantha C. Hare

College of Business- Doing Business in Brazil Study Abroad Program

Scott Czarnik

College of Dentistry– External Dental Rotation in Guatemala 

 

ACADEMIC UNIT AWARDEES

List of the academic unit awardees and the title of proposed activity

Colleen McQuillen

School of Literarture, Cultural Studies & Linguistics – In/Between Conference om Border Crossings

Marcia Edison

Center for Global Health – Annual World Health Day Celebration

Thomas Lipsmeyer

Physics Department – Energy Initiative/A Global Classroom

Veronica Arreola

Center for Research on Women & Gender – Women’s Work in a Man’s World

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar

Applied Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy – Launching of Therapists without Borders


Two UIC Exchange students receive Gilman scholarships!

Two UIC exchange students received notice that they had been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Kudos go to:

Angelica Arzuaga, who will be attending at the Universidad Austral in Argentina in the Fall 2014 semester to study Spanish and biological sciences.

Elliot Fowlks, who will be attending at Chiba University in Japan in the Fall 2014 semester to study Japanese and teaching in English.