Emily Mahoney, a 4th-year Chemistry major in the RIT College of Science was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Canada-Mitacs Globalink Program Fellowship for the summer of 2020. This summer internship gives U.S. undergraduate students the opportunity to assist on advanced research projects in Canada in the areas of science, engineering, math and social sciences.
After spending her fall 2019 semester studying abroad at the University of Oxford in England, Emily was interested in gaining additional international experience, this time in a research capacity. Through the Fulbright Canada-Mitacs award, Emily was assigned to assist with research at the University of British Columbia under the direction of Dr. Shyh-Dar Li in the area of utilizing nanoparticles for genome editing. While Emily would have been working on the synthesis of the nanoparticles and the drug delivery system itself, the program was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I thought about studying abroad since high school - I knew it was something I wanted to experience in my life. I chose to go to Croatia, primarily because the program and courses offered were exactly the courses I would be taking in Rochester, and I would be amongst many people in my same major, but in a completely new country!
Overall, my semester in Croatia was a great learning experience, and is the most exciting thing I have ever done. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and what I was capable of. As someone who had never been far away from family and friends, this was completely new to me and a huge adjustment I had to make. It was difficult, and at times felt too scary and overwhelming to handle, but I became stronger as a result and I persevered even when things were hard. I took time for myself outside of classes, explored nearby countries and cities and met some awesome people along the way. I came back with a better understanding of the world, a love for Croatia and desire to travel even more!
I definitely recommend doing your research when looking at study abroad scholarships, and figuring out what kind of scholarship would benefit you the most. The Gilman Scholarship was great because the funds I was awarded went towards travel, food and other necessities which was very helpful while abroad.
When I started my college career, having the ability to study abroad was one of the most important aspects of choosing a college. Traveling abroad has been a part of my life since I was very young and studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see the world and continue my studies.
Personally and academically I learned more about the world and my world view. Before studying abroad my focus was very much American oriented when it came to politics and social inequality. But traveling and learning abroad has helped me understand how intertwined the world actually is and that some social fights are bigger than my city and country.
My advice for study abroad scholarships is to apply early, and apply often. There is tons of money out there that people and organizations are willing to give, as long as you apply. Write the essays and fill out the application no matter how tedious it may seem because in the end receiving the money is worth it.
I decided to study abroad because I’m from Rochester and after being in the same city for 21 years I needed a chance to see something new and I needed a refresh on life in general.
Personally, I have gained so much from the experience. I have so many friends all around the world now and have plans to return to these locations and see more in the future. I was also able to explore who I was and what I wanted in my life going forward.Academically, I was able to enjoy school again; it didn’t feel like a traditional semester and that gave me an energy that I hadn’t felt since I was a freshman in 2016. I looked forward to class almost every day and field trips were amazing as well.
When looking for study abroad scholarships I recommend starting with the RIT Education Abroad office, the financial aid office, and your academic department. After that, head to Google and find as many scholarships as possible and if necessary start a Go Fund Me page - you’d be surprised how many people want to support you.
Victoria Maung has won the prestigious Fulbright Student Program award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awardee, Maung will teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Drawing on her previous teaching experience as a camp instructor for Digital Media Academy and a STEM-Leadership camp for Emirati students, Maung hopes to use art, drawing, story boarding and visual design to engage her students in Malaysia.
Study abroad is a rare opportunity that I wanted to seize because it suited me perfectly. I wanted to learn and gain experiences not only from a classroom and textbooks, but also from traveling, other cultures and the European education system. After all, it's a perfect opportunity to travel for a whole semester while you're in college!
Studying abroad teaches you so many valuable skills and tactics that you can never learn from a book. I learned how to completely start from scratch in a new country without any of my friends or family. I learned how to go out of my comfort zone, try new things, solve issues solely on my own and become more independent. Academically, I learned integrated design, how to expand my creativity and do more experimental work.
In your scholarship essays, be honest with your answers and be genuine. Really tell them your true intentions on why you want to study aboard and be specific. Most importantly, work very closely with your study abroad advisor.
I decided to study abroad because I wanted to learn about a new language and culture. As an ASL-English interpreting student, I know it is important to always strive to be more culturally aware and I thought studying abroad would be a great opportunity to learn about another country’s culture: both hearing and Deaf. By studying abroad, I’m hoping to learn more about myself and the world. This will help me both personally, and in my career as an interpreter.
My advice for anyone thinking about apply for scholarships would be to find ones that you meet the qualifications for and apply, even if you don’t think you will get them. It can’t hurt to try! If you need help finding scholarships to apply for, talk to the study abroad office or other people who have studied abroad.
I wanted to study abroad because coming from a small, rural town in Western NY, I had no experience being in another country ... not even Canada! I wanted to go out and see the world during my time at RIT because college is the best time for me to do so, as I could work to fund study abroad and apply for financial aid.
Academically, I hope to benefit from my interdisciplinary studies abroad by bringing new perspectives from Amsterdam into how I see healthcare here in the U.S. Personally, I hope that I gain more self-confidence as I will be experiencing many firsts abroad - flying by myself, coordinating bookings and transportation plans, and traveling in a city I don't know.
If you’re interested in applying for study abroad scholarships start early! Think about your identity, financial status, any interesting traits/hobbies you have, etc. and look for scholarships that match those! Also, your study abroad advisors and financial aid advisor will be your best friends throughout the entire process (my financial aid advisor was a godsend for me), so consult with them often!
Andrew will research innovative ways to improve the methods that drones use to determine their position, enabling navigation without GPS. Such technologies will allow drones to assist with search and rescue operations in difficult terrain such as dense forests or steep mountains where GPS might not be reliable. Andrew's research will be carried out in conjunction with Dr. Andrea Tonello of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.
Alexandria has been awarded the DAAD Rise fellowship to assist with a research project in Germany during summer 2019. She will will be working on the study of intestinal inflammation, particularly in those affected by inflammatory bowel disease and other chronic disorders and will be looking at specific genes involved in cell death within the intestines to better understand what role they play in chronic diseases.
I'm a Dual Major in Game Design and Development and Computational Math, and I'm also completing the core requirements for the Computer Science Major (SIS can't do 3 majors at the same time), along with a minor in Japanese. I decided to study abroad because despite coming from a low income background — I've always wanted to travel. When I got the opportunity to study rigorous math and go overseas for the first time, I jumped at the opportunity.
My advice to those applying is that you should apply to everything you're at all interested in — even if it's competitive, too time consuming, or your application seems weak to you. You never know how things will turn out. Also, have every detail-oriented friend you have go over all your essays, resumes, and documents before you submit. There were a lot of things in my application that I didn't notice were not written clearly that my friends were able to point out to me before I submitted my application!
Brian will enroll in the Masters of Finance degree program at Dublin City University (DCU) in order to explore the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) from multinational companies in the development process for poor countries. He will further specialize by studying risk management to evaluate risks and impact of FDI on these countries and companies.
How does being a Global Scholar fit into your long term goals?
Let me first start out by sharing that bearing the title, Global Scholar is so ASTRONOMICALLY AMAZING! Being a Global Scholar fits so perfectly into my long term goals for so many reasons. First, it has always been a dream of mine to create a career and a life that allows me to travel and learn about other cultures. As our world continues to become more globalized, it encourages me to understand the importance of and embrace diverse cultures. This opportunity is going to help further that goal. Secondly, as a global scholar, I want to build connections around the world that will allow me to pivot into a number of positions that will enhance me personally, spiritually and professionally.
What do you hope to gain from the experience?
As I think about this quickly approaching trip, one of the biggest things I am looking to gain from this experience is a new understanding of myself. I think that we as people have so many different aspects to who we are, and I want to use this opportunity to stretch what I thought I was capable of before. I’ll be using my love of photography and videography to create a fun memorial project and be committed to finding other ways to continue to step out of my comfort zone while abroad.
I am so excited about expanding my social circle as well. I hope to meet a great deal of amazing people who will be great additions to the amazing supporters that have been apart of my life thus far! I also want to develop and expand my outlook of the world and allow that to assist me as I discover all the potential opportunities available to me upon graduation.
What is your advice for future international scholarships and study abroad applicants?
For anyone who is interested in anything abroad, whether it be studying, working or etc; simply do it! I’ve gone to Cuba this past intercession and I am preparing to go to London, Berlin and Rome this fall. Cuba was amazing! I was met with so many sights, sounds, great food and even greater people! Wandering through the streets made me feel like such a local and it is something that I’ll never forget. I always think about the fact that before actually going on the trip to Cuba I was so worried about not being able to afford it. Just know that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Upon reaching out to a number of my supporters, they showed up to encourage me to still apply and helped me go because of the bonds that I had formed with them in the past. And now I am getting ready to go abroad again and the same advice has aided me. So much that this time, I am going to three different places with a nice $10,000 scholarship to help! In the end, my advice is to form relationships, dream big and like nike says, JUST DO IT! You are worth it and the experience you will have will be life changing.
I am a second year honors student in the mechanical engineering department, though originally a part of the engineering exploration program. Because of my vast interests in a variety of fields, I decided to study abroad in order to help expand my knowledge. Studying abroad exposed me to new experiences and helped me to gain independence.
I would suggest when applying for scholarships to set feasible goals. For example, I worked on scholarship applications only on Friday nights until the last deadline. Applicants should be specific with their experience and look upon their application through the eyes of the person reviewing their work. For example, ask yourself, “What do I have to offer in my application that will make others want to support me and fund my experience abroad?” It’s always good to have multiple eyes review one’s application before submission, too.
I decided to study abroad because I want an international experience where I will be able to grow and develop as a person, student and future economist. I have always been interested in the business world and as an Economics and Public Policy double major I am developing skills to excel in various political and business fields. Being the business capital of the world, Dubai is the perfect place for me to study. I am so excited for the cultural adventures I will experience in and out of the classroom.
For future scholarship applications, I suggest to get started early so you can find the perfect one for your studies. Working with the Education Abroad office led me to apply to the RIT Dubai study abroad program. There are a plethora of different opportunities students can access through the Education Abroad office. In your essay, highlight why the study abroad program you have chosen is a good fit for your academic program and how it will benefit you in your career.