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Global Scholars to present research

Monday, April 02, 2018

LAWRENCE — Members of the sixth Global Scholars cohort will present their research this week at the Global Scholars Symposium. Coordinated by the Office of International Programs, the event is the culmination of the cohort’s experiences in this selective program.

The symposium will showcase the seniors’ research on topics including Belgium’s underground press during World War I, how fire affects soil fungal communities and refugee integration programs in liberal welfare regimes. The public is invited to the event, set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

“The Global Scholars program aims to help students find ways to internationalize their college experience by studying abroad and doing research on an international topic. Most of our scholars conduct their research within the context of their majors, and we are delighted that our scholars are able to find compelling ways to meld their interest in the world with the requirements of their degrees,” said Megan Greene, director of faculty programs.

The Global Scholars program recognizes and encourages undergraduate students with a strong academic record who have an interest in global studies. 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. Each student participated in a semester-long seminar course and was paired with a faculty mentor with similar research interests during their undergraduate studies. Three cohorts are currently participating in the program.

The Global Scholar presenters, majors, study abroad countries and their faculty mentors:

  • Elise Arney, finance and Spanish; Spain; John Hedemen, director of the KU Business Leadership Program and Business Honors Program
  • Zaara Baig, biology and Spanish; Spain; Lena Roesner, graduate teaching assistant in Germanic languages & literatures
  • Rebekah Burgweger, global & international studies and political science; Morocco; Brian Lagotte, lecturer of global & international studies
  • Mallory Copeland, environmental science and Chinese language & literature; China; John Kennedy, associate professor of political science
  • Matthew Dunn, history, political science and global & international studies; Belgium; Andrew Denning, assistant professor of history
  • Chris Fairleigh, speech-language-hearing; Spain; Navin Viswanathan, associate professor of speech-language-hearing
  • Paige Hansen, ecology & evolutionary biology; Thailand; Ben Sikes, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology
  • Danielle London, global & international studies; Costa Rica; Anne Dotter, associate director, University Honors Program
  • Megan Peat, political science; Norway; Nazli Avdan, assistant professor of political science
  • Margaret Reed, business; Czech Republic; Noelle Nelson, assistant professor of business
  • Rebecca Reilly, civil engineering; Argentina; Kala Stroup, professor emeritus
  • Sonia Schöneich, chemistry and psychology; United Kingdom; Susan Lunte, Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Patrick Spanier, accounting and Chinese language & literature; China; Tailan Chi, professor of business.
  • Kellor Yde, political science and global & international studies; Mike Wuthrich.