International Programs recognizes outstanding faculty mentorship and student achievement

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International Programs recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2011 International Studies Graduation Reception on May 13.

The winner of the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of International Studies B.A. students. He was nominated by Kali Feiereisel, a spring 2011 graduate in International Studies and Sustainability.

Twenty-four students participated in the honors poster session as part of the graduation reception. Award winners and their theses titles are as follows:

Outstanding Research Project:
Bethany Patten, graduate in International Studies and Economics, “Tearing Down Barriers to Success: A Study of Non-Profit Female Education in Rural India”

Best Visual Presentation:
Lauren Piette, graduate in International Studies and Human Rights, “America’s Role in the Iraqi Refugee Crisis”

Elizabeth Rook, graduate in International Studies and Religious Studies, “The Culture of Prostitution: The Netherlands and India”

Overall First Place ($500 prize):
Sara Manos, International Studies and Linguistics, “Learning Outcomes: An Examination of the Failure of Outcomes Based Education in South Africa”

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs and Services, International Programs, 319-335-0368.