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Global Student AwardS

Global Student Awards recognize one undergraduate and one graduate student who are leaders deeply engaged in international education on campus or abroad. International education advances learning and scholarship; builds understanding and respect among different peoples; and enhances constructive leadership in the global community. The award was established by UI International Programs and the Division of Student Life in 2019.

The Global Student Awards will be presented by the UI president during a WorldCanvass program on Monday, November 15, 2021, in conjunction with International Education Week. 

    2021 Recipients

    Hadley Galbraith is a PhD student (French and francophone world studies) from Topeka, Kansas. Learn more about Haldey in this Q&A piece

    Amna Haider is an undergraduate student (international relations and philosophy) from Omaha, Nebraska. Learn more about Amna in this Q&A piece

    nomination Requirements

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Currently enrolled and in good standing in a degree program
    • International student or U.S. citizen

    Candidates should be students who champion international education on campus or abroad.  Important qualifying attributes include:

    • Demonstrated commitment to celebrating and promoting different cultures, identities, and international perspectives
    • Leadership in fostering collaboration and coalition-building between people and groups from international backgrounds
    • Openness about their personal experiences and perspectives in support of global understanding and inclusion within their community and field of study
    • Ability to use their own international education experiences to empower their peers to enrich their global perspectives and pursue international learning opportunities 

    Nomination Process

    1. You may nominate yourself or others for this award.

    Nomination deadline: Nominations are now closed.


    International Education Week (November 15 - 19, 2021)

    International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 


    Photo of Mishma Nixon

    Mishma Nixon

    2020: Mishma Nixon is an undergraduate student from Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the Honors Program majoring in English and creative writing. Her extensive involvement on campus includes: Campus Activities Board, South Asian Student Alliance, and the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). She received the Rhodes Dunlap Awards for a First Year and Second Year student (both for 2019 and 2020) from the Honors Program, the Scott A. Anderson Memorial Scholarship from the English department, and the Miriam Gilbert Prize for Shakespeare Studies in Spring 2020.


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    Nicholas Stroup



    2020: Nicholas Stroup is a PhD candidate in educational policy and leadership studies (higher education and student affairs). His international journey began with a Stanley Award for International Research that allowed him to travel to Kosovo in 2019 and interview PhD-seekers there about their desires to pursue doctoral education. He was also able to travel to Norway in 2019 as part of Dr. Cassie Barnhardt’s collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO). While there, he worked with peers from UiO’s program on comparative research about how international and domestic graduate students in Norway and the U.S. fund their higher education pursuits and experience disability services on campus.

    Yu Chak "Sunny" Ho
    Yu Chak "Sunny" Ho





    2019: The inaugural recipient was Yu Chak “Sunny” Ho, a PhD candidate in counseling psychology.

    Ho, of Hong Kong, was vice chair of the International Student Advisory Board; an international student workshop facilitator; Paul Opstad and Franklin Stone International Student Award recipient; and Bridging Domestic and Global Diversity program mentor.