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$400,000 grant will support KU students interning in Asia

Friday, January 22, 2016

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad has received $400,000 in funding to provide significant scholarships to KU undergraduate and graduate students participating in accredited internship programs in East or Southeast Asia over the next two years. Provided through the support of the Freeman Foundation, these scholarships will advance the OSA’s Generation Study Abroad commitment of increasing participation in study abroad to 30 percent while furthering the mission of the Freeman Foundation to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United States and the countries of East Asia through student engagement in the region.

“International internships enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the different cultures, economies, systems and values of peoples across the planet, and to apply that perspective to the context of the professional work environment,” said Angela Perryman, director of the Office of Study Abroad. “These experiences are critical to the mission of KU and to our efforts in graduating globally prepared students.”

In fall 2014, the KU OSA was awarded a pilot grant of $100,000 from the Freeman Foundation for the provision of twenty $5,000 scholarships for students with the goal of increasing access to and participation in professional internships in Asia. Scholarship support proved to be a significant driver in encouraging students to pursue internships in the region. In calendar year 2015, 27 students completed internships in China, Mongolia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam (up from just seven participants in 2014). Scholarship recipients represented 14 distinct academic majors and all academic levels. Seven award recipients had never traveled outside of the United States prior to departing for their internship programs, and the majority of students had never previously traveled to Asia.

Speech-Language-Hearing major Brigid Derby interned at Eliott’s Corner Pediatric Therapy Clinic in Beijing. “Through my internship experience, I learned about the diversity of the profession, what it is like to work in a private practice setting, different strategies to assist Chinese-English bilingual children and the organization of the online medical database Cliniko. Having clinical experience as an undergrad has been incredibly beneficial.”

Secondary English Education major Thompson Deufel received a Freeman Foundation scholarship to intern in Gwangju, South Korea, at the Kyung Hwa Girls’ High School during the summer term. Throughout the course of his internship, he assisted in a classroom, taught conversational English classes, and planned and delivered original lesson plans. Deufel believes that his internship accurately reflected the work he hopes to do in the future.

“The most beneficial aspect of my internship was the real-life scenarios of teaching that we were not only given the opportunity to witness but also given the chance to be a part of. By working hands-on in the field, and in a true ESL classroom, the experience gained was far more beneficial than any lecture we could have taken” Deufel said.

The Office of Study Abroad plans to award approximately 40 scholarships of $4,000-$6,000 each year in 2016 and 2017. Students may participate in any credit-bearing internship program with a minimum duration of six weeks offered in one of the following Asian countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam. Qualifying internships should be for a minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer or 10 hours per week during the semester. Additional information on the Freeman Foundation Scholarship for East Asia Internships is available online at http://studyabroad.ku.edu/freemanscholarship. The deadline for applications for summer 2016 and fall 2016 awards is March 1.

About the Freeman Foundation

The Freeman Foundation's major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and countries of East Asia. Through education and educational institutes, the foundation hopes to develop within the United States a greater appreciation of Asian cultures, histories and economies and a better understanding of the American people and of American institutions and purposes by the peoples of East Asia.

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Museum Events

Art Cart: Painted Fans
Saturday, January 20 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317
1301 Mississippi St.
The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. After traveling the world, Sallie Casey Thayer donated her collection of objects to KU to form what is now the Spencer Museum of Art. Learn about Mrs. Thayer and create a painted folding fan to start your own collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Steel Wool Peignoir
Sunday, January 21 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Kemper Family Foundations Balcony, 408
1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In January, get to know Steel Wool Peignoir by Mimi Smith.

Science on Tap: The Cambrian: More than just Trilobites
Wednesday, January 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St.
The Cambrian is a time in Earth’s history when many modern animal relatives make their first appearance. It is also a time when many bizarre animals without modern relatives appear in the fossil record. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Julien Kimmig will talk about the diversity of animals during this amazing period and what it can teach us about the future of life on earth. 

Career Close-ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World
Friday, January 26 | 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium 309
1301 Mississippi St.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their experiences, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of KU’s museums. This year’s panelists include: Dina Bennett (Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University), Glenn North (Black Archives of Mid-America), and Adrianne Russell (Cabinet of Curiosities). Advance registration is required at www.spencerart.ku.edu/career-closeups. Please register by January 24. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/476618689399321/
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, University Career Center, and the Museum Studies Program.

Final Friday: Community and Culture Closing Celebration
Friday, January 26 | 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with the Max Kade Center and the Lawrence Opera Theatre, present an evening of 19th-century German-American music and cuisine.

Discovery Day: Celebrating Kansas
Sunday, January 28 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
In honor of Kansas Day, join us for hands-on activities that are all about Kansas wildlife, plants and fossils. 

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture: An Evening with Eve L. Ewing: Poetry in Context
Wednesday, January 31 | 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.
Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist, poet, essayist, artist, and educator whose research focuses on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Dr. Ewing earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is recognized as a leader and social influencer, especially in conversations involving academia, writing, black women, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. Sponsored by The Commons.

University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students
Thursday, February 1 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
University in the Art Museum introduces graduate students to opportunities for object-based teaching, learning, and research through collaborative partnerships with the Spencer Museum of Art. This workshop includes discussions led by graduate students in the departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Geography; and Atmospheric Science. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 29. Register online at https://spencerart.ku.edu/uam.

Extraordinary Animals: Awesome Adaptations
Sunday, February 4 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
At this new monthly animal event, parents and children are invited to learn about animals of Kansas. Museum Animal Specialist Ashley Welton will offer presentations about animal adaptations using touchable specimens from the museums collections at 1:15, 1:45 and 2:15 pm. 

FeBREWary at the Watkins
Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with Lawrence Beer Co., presents an evening of beer, food, and knowledge! Enjoy beer and a fascinating talk on brewing provided by Lawrence Beer Co., plus food from local restaurants and an informal museum tour. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. We recommend buying in advance. Ages 21 and over only, please. More information and registration.

Winter Table: An Evening of Herpetology
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
A celebration of more than 100 years of KU herpetology research programs and the careers of Linda Trueb and Bill Duellman. Explore the Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Dine in the Panorama Gallery with KU herpetology scientists and students conducting reptile and amphibian research across the globe. 

6:30 pm: appetizers, drinks and science salon
7:00 pm: dinner and program
$50 per person 

Reserve your space now at the 2018 Winter Table by ordering tickets online. Tickets are $50 per person. You may also call 785-864-4450 to purchase by phone or you may purchase tickets at the museum lobby during business hours. Questions? Contact biodiversity@ku.edu or 785-864-4450.

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